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Building and Using User Defined Formats

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Formats are powerful tools within the SAS System. They can be used to change how information is brought into SAS, how it is displayed, and can even be used to reshape the data itself. The Base SAS product comes with a great many predefined formats and it is even possible for you to create your own specialized formats.

This paper will very briefly review the use of formats in general and will then cover a number of aspects dealing with user generated formats. Since formats themselves have a number of uses that are not at first apparent to the new user, we will also look at some of the broader application of formats. Topics include; building formats from data sets, using picture formats, transformations using formats, value translations, and using formats to perform table look-ups.

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