Date: Mon, 19 Jul 2004 16:05:03 +0200
Reply-To: Zio Fester <ziofester2@HOTMAIL.COM>
Sender: "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From: Zio Fester <ziofester2@HOTMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: creating a scalar variable
In article <446DDE75CFC7E1438061462F85557B0F027E6C68
@remail2.westat.com>, HERMANS1@WESTAT.COM says...
> I hope that your instructor doesn't subscribe to SAS-L!
Please forgive my ignorance, but what does that happen to be?
> Whatever his or her
> skill level, it does turn out that SAS, like many other so-called 'database
> programming languages', operates on actual or virtual tables. A table can
> degenerate to a one-column, one-row cell that has many of the properties of
> a scalar. More typically, a database programmer combines tabular datasets to
> produce solutions to programming problems.
Does this mean that SAS can only "think" row by row and that there's no
way to create a scalar variable (or a 1x1 matrix...) accessible from any
part of my code?
> It takes a while to learn how to combine tabular datasets effectively. Once
> you learn how, you will be able to do more in less time and with fewer