Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2003 13:54:00 -0400
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From: Nathaniel Wooding <Nathaniel_Wooding@DOM.COM>
Subject: Re: any good techniques to check spelling in SAS report??
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There is a way to check for spelling but I will leave it up to you as to
how good it is.
SAS has a Procedure called, surprise, Proc Spell. The story that I was told
is that when SAS bought the Lattice Corporation prior to rewriting the
package in C for V6, this particular spell checker was something that they
picked up. I just checked the v8 online documents but do not see it in the
section on procedures although it is still part of V8.
To use the proc, have your report output written to a text file. Then
invoke Proc Spell. If you wish, you may create your own dictionary in order
to define words that are not in SAS' dictionary. This dictionary is a SAS
catalog entry and and is created with Proc Spell. I have one application
that uses this and, since I wrote this years ago, I am very rusty on the
syntax. Here is what I found in my archives:
to create a dictionary
1) create a text file with the words that you want to define. Put each word
on a separate line;
2) run a SAS job with a libref pointing to the SAS file which will hold the
dictionary catalog plus a fileref pointing to you word list. eg
libname spell 'C:\sas\spelling.sas';
filename words 'C:\sas\wordlist.txt';
Proc spell wordlist=words dictionary=spell.spell.mywords create; * if you
are adding more words at a later date, change create update;
my old mainframe job has an additional parameter, size=4096, for the
creation run but I don't know if it is needed in other operating systems.
To use Proc spell
filename test 'your txt file';
libname words 'c:\sas\spelling.sas';
proc spell in=test dictionary=words.spell.mywords verify suggest;
I have run only a very simple pc test that did not use a private dictionary
so you may have to tweak the code above a bit. I suspect that you may need
to create your own dictionary since it does have a lot of words but there
are some, such as SAS, which do not appear.
Since you are writing this to a text file, you could just as well call it
up with a text editor and run the internal spell check. However, with Proc
Spell, you could integrate the spell checking into the job stream.
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Sent by: "SAS(r) Subject: any good techniques to check spelling in SAS report??
07/29/03 11:47 AM
Please respond to
Is there any way that we can plug in some certain SAS procedure into a
PROC REPORT procedure, so that it can automatically check if there is
any spelling or grammar errors in the output report?? I guess there
should be some way out...