SAS for Windows will do every task that other editions of SAS do, plus it is easy to use and its graphic user interface can do a lot more in graphical analyses than the retired mainframe. There are two main components to most SAS programs - the data step(s) and the procedure step(s). The data step reads data from external sources, manipulates and combines it with other data set and prints reports. The data step is used to prepare your data for use by one of the procedures (often called “procs”). The procedure steps perform analysis on the data, and produce (often huge amounts of) output. The most effective strategy for learning SAS is to concentrate on the details of the data step, and learn the details of each procedure as you have a need for them.

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