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SAS Certification Prep Guide, 4th Edition by SAS Institute

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Using Benchmarks to Compare Techniques

To decide which SAS programming technique is most efficient for a particular task, you can benchmark (measure and compare) the resource usage for each technique that you are comparing. You should benchmark with the actual data to determine the most efficient technique.

Guidelines for Benchmarking

Your benchmarking is most likely to yield useful results if you follow these guidelines:
  • Before you test the programming techniques, turn on the SAS system options that report resource usage.
    As explained earlier, to track and report on resource usage, you can use some or all of the system options STIMER, MEMRPT, FULLSTIMER, and STATS. The availability, usage, and functionality of these options vary by operating ...

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