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Using a keep dataset option when declaring a data option has mixed results with various SAS® procedures. It might have no observable effect when running PROC MEANS or PROC FREQ but, if your datasets have many variables, it could drastically reduce the time required to run some procs like PROC SORT and PROC TRANSPOSE. This paper describes a fairly simple macro that could easily be modified to use with any proc that defines which variables should be kept and, as a result, make your programs run 12 to 15 times faster.

Online Materials

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Click here to download the SAS code described in this paper

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When and Where

Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 (MWSUG)
Time: 1:15pm-1:25pm
Where: House Room B
Section: Rapid Fire

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