Subsetting Data

Deleting Unwanted Observations

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.
Syntax, DELETE statement:
DELETE;
To conditionally execute a DELETE statement, use the following syntax for an IF statement:
IF expression THEN DELETE;
The expression is evaluated as follows:
  • If it is true, execution stops for that observation. The DELETE statement deletes the observation from the output data set, and control returns to the top of the DATA step.
  • If it is false, the DELETE statement does not execute, and processing continues with the next statement in the DATA step. ...

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