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Advanced PROC REPORT: Doing More in the Compute Block

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One of the unique features of the REPORT procedure is the Compute Block. This PROC step tool allows the use of most DATA step statements, logic, and functions, and through the use of the compute block you can modify existing columns, create new columns, write text, and more! This provides the SAS programmer a level of control and flexibility that is unavailable in virtually all other procedures. Along with this flexibility comes complexity and this complexity often thwarts us as we try to write increasingly interesting compute blocks.

The complexity of the compute block includes a number of column identification and timing issues that can confound the PROC REPORT user. Of course to make matters even more interesting, there can be multiple compute blocks that can interact with each other and these can execute for different portions of the report table.

This tutorial will discuss the essential elements of the compute block, its relationship to the processing phases, and how it interacts with temporary variables and other compute blocks. We will discuss timing issues and naming conventions through a series of examples.

Online Materials

View the pdf for this advanced compute block paper.

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