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PROC FORMAT -- the Veg-O-Matic of the SAS system
Dan Waldo, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Baltimore MD
SAS formats can be used to make output more user-friendly, or to group values of a particular variable without changing the "native" value itself. Combined with the PUT() and INPUT() functions, formats also can be used to create new variables based on the values held by existing variables. This pdf rendering of a Powerpoint presentation covers the rudiments of these three uses.
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