Data Management

Evolve From a Carpenter's Apprentice to a Master Woodworker: Creating a Plan for Your Reports and Avoiding Common Pitfalls in REPORT Procedure Coding

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Executive Summary

PROC REPORT combines features of the PRINT, TABULATE, and MEANS procedures with features of the DATA step in a single report-writing tool that one can use to produce a variety of reports. Although PROC REPORT has several options that are easy to use, there are pitfalls that are specific to using PROC REPORT, which differs from using other SAS procedures. As output-reporting needs change, existing PROC REPORT code is often modified many times until the desired output is produced. Without a coding plan, this trial-and-error process can be frustrating and time consuming, and might not produce the desired output, especially if the pitfalls are not taken into account.

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