Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2006 14:15:34 -0700
Reply-To: David L Cassell <davidlcassell@MSN.COM>
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From: David L Cassell <davidlcassell@MSN.COM>
Subject: Re: Posting Stats from SAS-L BOF
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>I can figure out the basic SET and MERGE statements. This tends to make
>code less efficient, in that I use many more data steps than I need to.
>since I never have really large data sets, I would say, in a certain
>sense, it makes
>my code MORE efficient, since I can understand, very quickly what my
>code is doing,
>and so can anyone with the most basic knowledge.
>I am currently in the position of having to figure out what a colleague
>who moved to another
>job did. Unfortunately, she was
>a) Not an expert SAS programmer
>b) Had to do some complex stuff
>c) DId not put many comments in her code (she has put some, which helps)
>Once I figure out how to ask my questions sensibly, I will post them
>I think they may entertain and maybe even intrigue the DATA step mavens
>(As a preview, it's network data....that is, person A is interviewed, he
>names person B. Then person
>B is interviewed. A anmswers questions about B, and B answers them
>about A. Now I have to
>compare. But A may also be asked about C, who may or may not be
>interviewed, and (if interviewed)
>will be asked about A.....well, like I said, first I have to formulate
This sounds more like a PROC SQL problem.
But that's just a first impression. When you formulate the quesitons, then
come on back. But don't paint yourself into a corner by assuming the
problem has to be done with data steps.
David L. Cassell
3115 NW Norwood Pl.
Corvallis OR 97330
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