Data Cleaning Techniques
There is a new version of this course. Please see Data Cleaning Techniques.
Business Knowledge Series course
Presented by Ron Cody, author of Cody's Data Cleaning Techniques Using SAS Software and SAS Functions by Example; or Mark Jordan, Technical Training Consultant, Education Division, SAS; or Jim Simon, Technical Training Consultant, Education Division, SAS
This course, which was completely rewritten to be compatible with the third edition of the book Cody's Data Cleaning Techniques Using SAS, will help greatly speed up the process of detecting and correcting errors in both character and numeric data. In addition, there are sections on standardizing data and using Perl regular expressions to ensure that character values conform to a specific pattern (such as ZIP codes, phone numbers, and email addresses).
Although the course concentrates on methods of identifying data errors, it also teaches some programming techniques that might be new to you. For example, by using some of the latest SAS functions, you can convert a phone number in just about any form into a standard form, in only two SAS statements!
The course teaches several methods of detecting errors in numeric data including range checking as well as several methods of automatic outlier detection. There are chapters devoted to data that involves multiple observations per subject, SAS dates, and projects that include multiple data sets. The class closes with a demonstration of an innovative process that leverages integrity constraints and audit trails to detect and programmatically clean dirty data before it even gets into your analysis data set.
All students taking this class are presented with either a printed version or PDF version of the new Data Cleaning book and are given access to dozens of macros that will greatly speed up the laborious process of cleaning your data.Learn how to
Who should attendSAS programmers, analysts, and researchers
Before attending this course, participants should have completed the SAS® Programming 1: Essentials course. Completion of the SAS® Programming 2: Data Manipulation Techniques course or a minimum of one year of SAS programming experience is also recommended.
This course addresses Base SAS, SAS/STAT software.
Checking Values of Character Variables