Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2003 10:42:29 -0700
Reply-To: Steve Goins <chess0001@YAHOO.COM>
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From: Steve Goins <chess0001@YAHOO.COM>
Subject: Re: reading in excel data with proc import
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Yes, another way to import from and export to Excel data is ODBC.
Libname statement shows how to create a library reference to an Excel file. Use ReadOnly = 1; if you want access to be read only.
libname xl odbc noprompt="DRIVER=Microsoft Excel Driver (*.xls);ReadOnly=0;DBQ=c:\files\LookAtStuff.xls;";
Some of the SAS/Access dataset options you might found useful: dbSasType, SasDateFmt, DbNull.
You can access the Excel file and its members as if it were a SAS library with tables, with a few exceptions (you cannot overwrite a sheet, but you can replace a sheet by deleting it first via Proc Delete or Proc SQL, and then writing to the same named sheet).
I have a large excel data set I'm trying to read in. Here's the problem:
it's too long for proc access to read in all records. I'm trying to use
proc import instead, but in some columns, I want them to be character
variables, but the first entry is numeric, so that's how it treats the
column. I would like to avoid splitting the data to smaller files or
saving it as a different format or using DDE.
Is there any way to force proc import to treat columns a certain way? Or
is there another way to import excel data?
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