Reading External Data Files Using SAS

Examples Handbook


Author: Michele M. Burlew

Publisher: SAS Publishing

See the process of reading text data in a SAS program in the examples contained in this handy book! The book explains the essential data step features for reading common kinds of text data files, then shows how they work with examples that you can easily modify for your own applications.


Paperback (2002)


Year: 2002

ISBN: 1-59047-115-6

ISBN-13: 978-1-59047-115-9

Pages: 278

Publisher’s list price: 42.95


  • 1. An Introduction to Reading Raw Data with SAS
  • 2. Specifying the Structure of External Files
  • 3. Controlling How SAS Reads External Files
  • 4. Operating System Specific Features When Reading External Files
  • 5. Importing External Files with the Import Wizard and the External File Interface
  • 6. Using ACCESS Methods and the XML LIBNAME Engine to Read Data

From the back cover

At your fingertips —
valuable examples that will reduce your programming time!

Reading External Data Files Using SAS: Examples Handbook is packed with examples that illustrate the many common issues you face when reading external data files. Whether you need to handle a variety of input styles (list, column, formatted, and named), accommodate external file features, or use different methods for reading the data, you’re sure to find examples in this book that address your coding requirements. The examples illustrate techniques that range from simple to complex, and you can easily copy, modify, and reuse the examples.

Topics include

  • understanding the different styles of SAS input
  • reading external files of different structures
  • reading nonstandard external files
  • using operating system specific features to read external files
  • importing external files with the Import Wizard and external file interface
  • using access methods to read data

Let these examples save you time when reading external data files into SAS!