|Restrictions on Function Arguments|
|Characteristics of Target Variables|
Some character functions produce resulting variables, or target variables, with a default length of 200 bytes. Numeric target variables have a default length of 8. Character functions to which the default target variable lengths do not apply are shown in the following table.
|Function||Target Variable Type||Target Variable Length (bytes)|
|COMPRESS||character||length of first argument|
|INPUT||character||width of informat|
|LEFT||character||length of argument|
|PUT||character||width of format|
|REVERSE||character||length of argument|
|RIGHT||character||length of argument|
|SUBSTR||character||length of first argument|
|TRANSLATE||character||length of first argument|
|TRIM||character||length of argument|
|UPCASE, LOWCASE||character||length of argument|
|Notes on Descriptive Statistic Functions|
SAS provides functions that return descriptive statistics. Except for the MISSING function, the functions correspond to the statistics produced by the MEANS procedure. The computing method for each statistic is discussed in "SAS Elementary Statistics Procedures" in the appendix of the SAS Procedures Guide. SAS calculates descriptive statistics for the nonmissing values of the arguments.
|Notes on Financial Functions|
SAS provides a group of functions that perform financial calculations. The functions are grouped into the following types:
|Cashflow||CONVX, CONVXP||calculates convexity for cashflows|
|DUR, DURP||calculates modified duration for cashflows|
|PVP, YIELDP||calculates present value and yield-to-maturity for a periodic cashflow|
|Parameter calculations||COMPOUND||calculates compound interest parameters|
|MORT||calculates amortization parameters|
|Internal rate of return||INTRR, IRR||calculates the internal rate of return|
|Net present and future value||NETPV, NPV||calculates net present and future values|
|SAVING||calculates the future value of periodic saving|
|Depreciation||DACCxx||calculates the accumulated depreciation up to the specified period|
|DEPxxx||calculates depreciation for a single period|
The period argument for depreciation functions can be fractional for all of the functions except DEPDBSL and DACCDBSL. For fractional arguments, the depreciation is prorated between the two consecutive time periods preceding and following the fractional period.
|Using DATA Step Functions within Macro Functions|
The macro functions %SYSFUNC and %QSYSFUNC can call DATA step functions to generate text in the macro facility. %SYSFUNC and %QSYSFUNC have one difference: %QSYSFUNC masks special characters and mnemonics and %SYSFUNC does not. For more information on these functions, see %QSYSFUNC and %SYSFUNC in SAS Macro Language: Reference.
%SYSFUNC arguments are a single DATA step function and an optional format, as shown in the following examples:
You cannot nest DATA step functions within %SYSFUNC. However, you can nest %SYSFUNC functions that call DATA step functions. For example:
All arguments in DATA step functions within %SYSFUNC must be separated by commas. You cannot use argument lists that are preceded by the word OF.
Because %SYSFUNC is a macro function, you do not need to enclose character values in quotation marks as you do in DATA step functions. For example, the arguments to the OPEN function are enclosed in quotation marks when you use the function alone, but the arguments do not require quotation marks when you use them within %SYSFUNC.
dsid=open("sasuser.houses","i"); dsid=open("&mydata","&mode"); %let dsid=%sysfunc(open(sasuser.houses,i)); %let dsid=%sysfunc(open(&mydata,&mode));
You can use these functions to call all of the DATA step SAS functions except those that pertain to DATA step variables or processing. These prohibited functions are: DIF, DIM, HBOUND, INPUT, IORCMSG, LAG, LBOUND, MISSING, PUT, RESOLVE, SYMGET, and all of the variable information functions (for example, VLABEL).
|Using Functions to Manipulate Files|
SAS manipulates files in different ways, depending on whether you use functions or statements. If you use functions such as FOPEN, FGET, and FCLOSE, you have more opportunity to examine and manipulate your data than when you use statements such as INFILE, INPUT, and PUT.
When you use external files, the FOPEN function allocates a buffer called the File Data Buffer (FDB) and opens the external file for reading or updating. The FREAD function reads a record from the external file and copies the data into the FDB. The FGET function then moves the data to the DATA step variables. The function returns a value that you can check with statements or other functions in the DATA step to determine how to further process your data. After the records are processed, the FWRITE function writes the contents of the FDB to the external file, and the FCLOSE function closes the file.
When you use SAS data sets, the OPEN function opens the data set. The FETCH and FETCHOBS functions read observations from an open SAS data set into the Data Set Data Vector (DDV). The GETVARC and GETVARN functions then move the data to DATA step variables. The functions return a value that you can check with statements or other functions in the DATA step to determine how you want to further process your data. After the data is processed, the CLOSE function closes the data set.
For a complete listing of functions and CALL routines, see Categories and Descriptions of Functions. For complete descriptions and examples, see SAS Language Reference: Dictionary.
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