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Base SAS comes with sample SAS data sets that you can use to develop and perfect your SAS programs. You will find them in the SASHELP library that is automatically allocated whenever you launch SAS. So, these SAS data sets all have the two-node SAS names of SASHELP.XXX, where XXX=AIR, or CLASS, or COMPANY or… whatever.

SASHELP.CLASS seems to be the most popular of these data sets, as it is often cited in examples on SAS-L. Here are some other SASHELP data sets that are a bit more sophisticated and may give your SAS programs more to chew on:

  • CITIDAY - 1069 obs and 11 variables
  • COMPANY - 48 obs and 8 variables
  • ELECTRIC - 48 obs and 16 variables
  • HEART - 5209 obs and 17 variables
  • ORSALES - 912 obs and 8 variables
  • PRDSAL2 - 23040 obs and 11 variables <--My personal favorite!
  • SHOES - 395 obs and 7 variables

For a comprehensive list of the sample SAS data sets, either peruse the SASHELP SAS data library via SAS Display Manager, or use PROC CONTENTS to obtain a listing of them.

Submitted by Michael A. Raithel, The man who wrote the book on performance. Contact me at my Discussion Page.

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These new features make it even easier for you to share your presentation materials. We have added facilities to allow you to create articles about your papers for this and previous conferences. Now there is an easy way for you to have a single Presenters page that serves as an index for all of your presentations at SAS Global Forum, Regionals, Local User Groups, and more.

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