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SAS(R) Programming 3: Advanced Techniques and Efficiencies for FedEx Institute

  • Tuition USD $2,175 GSA  $1,768.26
  • Reviews star_rate star_rate star_rate star_rate star_half 3223 Ratings
  • Course Code FEPG3
  • Duration 3 days
  • Available Formats Classroom

This course is for SAS programmers who prepare data for analysis. The comparisons of manipulation techniques and resource cost benefits are designed to help programmers choose the most appropriate technique for their data situation.

Skills Gained

  • benchmark computer resource usage
  • control memory, I/O, and CPU resources
  • create and use indexes
  • combine data horizontally
  • use hash and hiter DATA step component objects and arrays as lookup tables
  • compress SAS data sets
  • sample your SAS data sets
  • create and use SAS data views
  • safely reduce the length of numeric variables
  • create user-defined functions and informats.

Who Can Benefit

  • Experienced SAS programmers


  • This course is not appropriate for beginning SAS software users. Before attending this course, you should have at least nine months of SAS programming experience and should have completed the SAS® Programming 2: Data Manipulation Techniques course. Specifically, you should be able to do the following:
  • understand your operating system file structures and perform basic operating system tasks
  • understand programming logic concepts
  • understand the compilation and execution processes of the DATA step
  • use different varieties of input to create SAS data sets from external files
  • use SAS software to access SAS libraries
  • create and use SAS date values
  • read, concatenate, merge, match-merge, and interleave SAS data sets
  • use the DROP=, KEEP=, and RENAME= data set options
  • create multiple output data sets
  • use one-dimensional array processing and DO loops to process data iteratively
  • use SAS functions to perform data manipulation and transformations
  • use the FORMAT procedure to create user-defined formats.

Course Details


  • course logistics
  • creating course data files

Efficient SAS Programming

  • identifying computer resources related to efficiency

Controlling I/O Processing and Memory

  • SAS DATA step processing
  • controlling I/O
  • reducing the length of numeric variables
  • compressing SAS data sets
  • using SAS views

Accessing Observations

  • access methods
  • accessing observations by number
  • creating an index
  • using an index

DATA Step Arrays

  • introduction to lookup techniques
  • one-dimensional arrays
  • multidimensional arrays
  • loading a multidimensional array from a SAS data set

DATA Step Hash and Hiter Objects

  • hash object methods
  • loading a hash object from a SAS data set
  • DATA step hiter object

Combining Data Horizontally

  • DATA step merges and SQL procedure joins
  • using an index to combine data
  • combining summary and detail data
  • combining data conditionally

User-Defined Functions and Formats

  • user-defined functions
  • user-defined formats

Learning More

  • areas of support from SAS
  • other courses to consider

When does class start/end?

Classes begin promptly at 9:00 am, and typically end at 5:00 pm.

Does the course schedule include a Lunchbreak?

Lunch is normally an hour long and begins at noon. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and juice are available all day in the kitchen. Fruit, muffins and bagels are served each morning. There are numerous restaurants near each of our centers, and some popular ones are indicated on the Area Map in the Student Welcome Handbooks - these can be picked up in the lobby or requested from one of our ExitCertified staff.

How can someone reach me during class?

If someone should need to contact you while you are in class, please have them call the center telephone number and leave a message with the receptionist.

What languages are used to deliver training?

Most courses are conducted in English, unless otherwise specified. Some courses will have the word "FRENCH" marked in red beside the scheduled date(s) indicating the language of instruction.

What does GTR stand for?

GTR stands for Guaranteed to Run; if you see a course with this status, it means this event is confirmed to run. View our GTR page to see our full list of Guaranteed to Run courses.

Does ExitCertified deliver group training?

Yes, we provide training for groups, individuals and private on sites. View our group training page for more information.

Does ExitCertified deliver group training?

Yes, we provide training for groups, individuals, and private on sites. View our group training page for more information.

I thought this was a really cool experience. First time getting so much information crammed into two days.

Communications were good and team was available to answer questions at any time.

Informative class with great instructure who was able to walk through the course material, answer all questions, and give great examples.

Overall the course was good, information was presented well. The textbook resource needs to be updated to better include the errata, and examples.

the professor was very clean and help students wih the labs when needed, Thank you.

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