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Date:         Sun, 7 Sep 2008 09:22:42 -0400
Reply-To:     Arthur Tabachneck <art297@NETSCAPE.NET>
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         Arthur Tabachneck <art297@NETSCAPE.NET>
Subject:      Re: SAS data file format ?
Comments: To: capra.hircus@ORANGE.FR

Would the SAS System Viewer, which is free, serve your purpose?

One can download it at: packageID=000316&jmpflag=N

or, in short form,:

Art -------- On Sun, 7 Sep 2008 13:51:44 +0200, Capra Hircus <capra.hircus@ORANGE.FR> wrote:

>RolandRB wrote: >> On Sep 7, 12:10 pm, Capra Hircus <> wrote: > >>> RolandRB wrote: > >>>> On Sep 7, 2:04 am, Capra Hircus <> wrote: > >>>>> I would like to know if the format specification for sas7bdat files is >>>>> available. I am currently writing some programs for statistical >>>>> computations, and I would like to write some code to import sas files. >>>>> (ultimately, it may be distributed as open source software) >>>>> If the format is not available, is it legal to find it on my own ? > >>>> Why not convert the sas7bdat datasets to transport files within SAS >>>> and then whatever application reads the transport files will find it >>>> easier? I think some people are doing some work on finding out this >>>> format but it seems pointless to me. > >>> I give the reason in the answer to R. DeVenezia. ;-) >>> You say people try to find, does that mean it's lawful ? >>> I'm not an expert in software laws, and closed formats >>> may be a problem here. > >> You may work out how to read these formats but not how to write them >> and include their checksums etc. so I don't think it is worth it. > >Yes it's worth it ! Not everybody has SAS to open data files : what >do you do when you have a .sas7bdat file and no SAS (nor conversion >software, usually commercial) to open and convert ? >Why not include SAS import in e.g. R ? (here I'm not directly concerned >with R, but it would be a good example) >Exporting is less important since SAS is able to import .csv files, >but for interoperability, importing SAS files seems very important >to me. > >> Just >> use whatever they allow you to read their format even thouugh it is >> translated into another format like transport files.

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