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Name that Function: Punny Function Names with Multiple MEANings and Why You Do Not Want to be MISSING Out

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Ben Cochran, The Bedford Group, Raleigh, NC
Arthur L. Carpenter, California Occidental Consultants, Anchorage, AK


The SAS® DATA step is one of the best (if not the best) data manipulators in the programming world. One of the areas that gives the DATA step its flexibility and power is the wealth of functions that are available to it. With over 450 functions in the DATA step it is difficult to learn and remember them all, however understanding how to take advantage of the power of these functions is key to taking full advantage of the DATA step.

This paper takes a PEEK at some of those functions whose names have more than one MEANing. While the subject matter is very serious, the material will be presented in a way that is guaranteed not to BOR the audience. Syntax will be discussed and examples of how these functions can be used to manipulate data will be demonstrated. With so many functions available and with less than an HOUR to present, we obviously will have to TRIM our list so that the presentation will fit within the allotted TIME.

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