Comparing Tools for Summarizing Data

Overview

SAS provides a variety of tools for summarizing data. These summarization tools generate similar but not identical output, and they vary in efficiency.
Note: Throughout this section, all references to the MEANS procedure apply also to the SUMMARY procedure.
Tool
Description
MEANS procedure or SUMMARY procedure
  • computes descriptive statistics for numeric variables
  • can produce a printed report and create an output data set
TABULATE procedure
  • produces descriptive statistics in a tabular format
  • can produce 1-, 2-, or 3-dimensional tables with descriptive statistics
  • can also create an output data set
REPORT procedure
  • combines features ...

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