SAS data view
- is a SAS data set that uses descriptor information and data
from other files. SAS data views allow you to dynamically combine data from
various sources without using disk space to create a new data set. While a
SAS data file actually contains data values, a SAS data view contains only
references to data stored elsewhere. SAS data views are of member type VIEW.
In most cases, you can use a SAS data view as though it were a SAS data file.
There are two general types of SAS data views: native and interface.
- is a SAS data view that is created with either a DATA step
or PROC SQL.
- is a SAS data view that is created with SAS/ACCESS software
and can read or write data to and from a database management system (DBMS),
such as DB2 or ORACLE. Interface views are also referred to as SAS/ACCESS
views. To use SAS/ACCESS views, you must have a license for SAS/ACCESS
Note: Beginning in Version 7, you might be able to create native
views that access DBMS data by using a SAS/ACCESS dynamic LIBNAME engine.
See SAS/ACCESS Views, Accessing Data in a DBMS or the
SAS/ACCESS documentation for your DBMS for more information.
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