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DATA Step Processing

Why Use a DATA Step?

Using the DATA step is the primary method for creating a SAS data set with Base SAS software. A DATA step is a group of SAS language statements that begin with a DATA statement and contains other programming statements that manipulate existing SAS data sets or create SAS data sets from raw data files.

You can use the DATA step for

Note:   A DATA step creates a SAS data set. This data set can be a SAS data file or a SAS view. A SAS data file stores data values while a SAS view stores instructions for retrieving and processing data. When you can use a SAS view as a SAS data file, as is true in most cases, this documentation uses the broader term SAS data set.   [cautionend]

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