Subsetting Data

Deleting Unwanted Observations

So far in this chapter, you've learned to use IF-THEN statements to execute assignment statements conditionally. But you can specify any executable SAS statement in an IF-THEN statement. For example, you can use an IF-THEN statement with a DELETE statement to determine which observations to omit as you read data.
  • The IF-THEN statement executes a SAS statement when the condition in the IF clause is true.
  • The DELETE statement stops the processing of the current observation.
General form, DELETE statement:
To conditionally execute a DELETE statement, you submit a statement in the following general form:
IF expression THEN DELETE;
If the expression is
  • true, the ...

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