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How to import data into SAS?
  • Last Updated : 23 Jul, 2019
  1. Entering Data Directly: You can enter numbers of lines of data directly in SAS program by using a DATALINES statement.

    The keywords are as follows:

    • DATA: The DATA step always starts with a DATA statement. The purpose of the DATA statement is to tell SAS that you are creating a new data set i.e. outdata.
      DATA outdata;
      
    • INPUT: To define the variables used in data set.

      INPUT age gender $ dept obs1 obs2 obs3; 
      
    • Dollar sign ($): To declare variable as a character.

      INPUT age gender $ dept obs1 obs2 obs3; 
      
    • DATALINES: To refer that lines following DATALINES statement a real data.

      DATALINES; 
      
    • PROC PRINT: To display out the contents of data set in output window.



      proc print;
      
    • RUN: The DATA step ends with a RUN statement to run the complete code.

      run;
      
    • Example:




      DATA outdata; 
         INPUT age gender $ dept obs1 obs2 obs3; 
         DATALINES; 
      25 M 3 17 6 24
      24 F 1 19 25 7
      31 F 4 24 10 20
      33 M 2 19 23 8
      22 M 1 14 23 12
      22 F 5 1 23 9
      31 M 1 8 21 7
      34 M 1 7 7 14
      31 F 2 2 1 22
      22 F 5 20 5 2
      32 M 4 21 8 18
      41 M 4 7 9 25
      24 M 5 10 17 20
      31 F 4 21 25 7
      32 M 3 9 9 5
      ;
      proc print;
      run;

      
      

      Output:

    • You can also use CARDS instead of DATALINES. Both means the same. There is no difference between these two keywords.

      Example:




      DATA outdata;
         INPUT age gender $ dept obs1 obs2 obs3;
         CARDS; 
      24 F 1 19 25 7
      31 F 4 24 10 20
      33 M 2 19 23 8
      22 M 1 14 23 12
      22 F 5 1 23 9
      31 M 1 8 21 7
      ;
      proc print;
      run;

      
      

      Output

  2. Reading Delimited Data:

    The default delimiter is blank. If you have a data file with other delimiters such as comma or tab you need to define the delimiter before defining the variables using INFILE and DLM = options.

    Syntax:

    Infile 'file-description' dlm=', '
    1. While using tab delimiter, the syntax would be

      infile 'file-description' dlm='09'x
    2. While using colon delimiter, the syntax would be

      infile 'file-description' dlm=':'

    Example:




    DATA outdata; 
       INFILE Datalines dlm =", ";
       INPUT age gender $ dept obs1 obs2 obs3; 
       Datalines; 
    34, M, 1, 7, 7, 14
    31, F, 2, 2, 1, 22
    22, F, 5, 20, 5, 2
    32, M, 4, 21, 8, 18
    41, M, 4, 7, 9, 25
    24, M, 5, 10, 17, 20
    ;
    proc print;
    run;

    
    

    Output:

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