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PROC statement

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The PROC, or PROCEDURE, statement introduces a procedure or PROC Step.


PROC procedure <options list> ;


PROCEDURE procedure <options list> ;


See Index (Procedures) for a list.

There are many SAS procedures (or PROC's). While a lot of procedures are available in a Base SAS, some procedures are only available if specific components are installed.


The keyword PROC is almost always used in preference to the PROCEDURE keyword.

This usage spills over into SAS culture and the jargon used by SAS users when they talk about how SAS is used. The term PROC followed by a procedure name is frequently encountered in papers and presentations about SAS procedures and their application to real world problems.