SAS – Program Structure

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The SAS Programming involves first creating/reading the data sets into the memory and then doing the analysis on this data. We need to understand the flow in which a program is written to achieve this.

SAS Program Structure

The below diagram shows the steps to be written in the given sequence to create a SAS Program.

SAS - Program Structure

Every SAS program must have all these steps to complete reading the input data, analysing the data and giving the output of the analysis. Also the RUN statement at the end of each step is required to complete the execution of that step.

DATA Step

This step involves loading the required data set into SAS memory and identifying the variables (also called columns) of the data set. It also captures the records (also called observations or subjects). The syntax for DATA statement is as below.

Syntax
DATA data_set_name; #Name the data set.
INPUT var1,var2,var3; #Define the variables in this data set.
NEW_VAR; #Create new variables.
LABEL; #Assign labels to variables.
DATALINES; #Enter the data.
RUN;

Example

The below example shows a simple case of naming the data set, defining the variables, creating new variables and entering the data. Here the string variables have a $ at the end and numeric values are without it.

DATA TEMP;
INPUT ID $ NAME $ SALARY DEPARTMENT $;
comm = SALARY*0.25;
LABEL ID = ‘Employee ID’ comm = ‘COMMISION’;
DATALINES;
1 Rick 623.3 IT
2 Dan 515.2 Operations
3 Michelle 611 IT
4 Ryan 729 HR
5 Gary 843.25 Finance
6 Nina 578 IT
7 Simon 632.8 Operations
8 Guru 722.5 Finance
;
RUN;

PROC Step

This step involves invoking a SAS built-in procedure to analyse the data.

Syntax
PROC procedure_name options; #The name of the proc.
RUN;

Example

The below example shows using the MEANS procedure to print the mean values of the numeric variables in the data set.

PROC MEANS;
RUN;

The OUTPUT Step

The data from the data sets can be displayed with conditional output statements.

Syntax
PROC PRINT DATA = data_set;
OPTIONS;
RUN;

Example

The below example shows using the where clause in the output to produce only few records from the data set.

PROC PRINT DATA=TEMP;
WHERE SALARY > 700;
RUN;

The complete SAS Program

Below is the complete code for each of the above steps.

SAS - Program Structure

Program Output
The output from above code is seen in the RESULTS tab.

SAS - Program Structure

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