How to Prepare Your Data Sets

Determining the Structure and Contents of Data Sets

Typically, data comes from multiple sources and might be in different formats. Many applications require input data to be in a specific format before the data can be processed. Although application requirements vary, there are common factors for all applications that access, combine, and process data. You can identify these common factors for your data. Here are tasks to help you start:
  • Determine how the input data is related.
  • Ensure that the data is properly sorted or indexed, if necessary.
  • Select the appropriate access method to process the input data.
  • Select the appropriate SAS tools to complete the task.
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