Base SAS

Flexible 4GL for data access, transformation, and reporting
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Base SASProduct Overview

  1. About Base SAS
  2. Pros of Base SAS
  3. Cons of Base SAS
  4. Breakdown of core features

Base SAS product overview

Base SAS is a fourth-generation programming language (4GL) included with the SAS platform for data access, data transformation, analysis, and reporting. SAS programmers use it to manipulate data, interpret data analysis, and produce queries and reports. The software is designed for data manipulation, information storage and retrieval, descriptive statistics, and report writing. A powerful macro facility helps reduce programming time and maintenance activities.

Pros of Base SAS

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  • Intuitive 4GL: Base SAS has easy-to-learn syntax. It also has language elements and functions that support programming of data extraction, data formatting, data cleansing, reporting, and information delivery.
  • Library of ready-to-use procedures: Base SAS includes pre-written and ready-to-use SAS procedures that deliver significant functionality. Programmers use them to handle common tasks, which they can execute with a few simple commands, so they have more time to work on complex problems.
  • Automated management and monitoring: A web-based tool enables users to monitor and manage resources, users, and jobs. The interface makes it easy to configure and manage high-availability services and lets users define alerts when services exceed thresholds.

Cons of Base SAS

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  • Significant investment: SAS, which includes Base SAS, is a comprehensive and complex application to install, configure, learn, and use. It takes a significant investment in time and money to get the most benefit from the solution.

Breakdown of core features

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Flexible 4GL

Base SAS has an intuitive syntax with a library of integrated, ready-to-use procedures. Access it from a familiar Python interface that translates and executes SAS code behind the scenes. A macro facility reduces coding for common tasks, and its reusable modules can ease maintenance. The software can run interactively or in batch mode, and its codes are portable across different IT environments.

Data analysis tool

Base SAS allows you to perform a wide variety of tasks. Derive simple descriptive statistics, advanced data correlation, cross-correlation, or detailed data distribution analysis. It can read data in any format and from any file type, including variable-length records, binary files, free-formatted data, or files with messy or missing data. The software also supports SQL, XML imports, geographic data manipulation procedures, Unicode, and widely used character encodings.

Multiple report outputs

Base SAS includes Output Delivery System (ODS), which provides choices for reporting and displaying analytical results. Create reports in standard RTF, PowerPoint, or PDF formats or create them as e-books and read them with iBooks on the iPad and iPhone. It includes high quality graphics for statistical graphics, graph manipulations, creating templates, and designing and editing graphical outputs. The software supports HTML4, HTML5, and XML as output. Replay output to different destinations without rerunning the program.


Base SAS runs on all major computing platforms. Its multi-vendor architecture creates portable programs that can run on multiple hardware and operating systems. Users can access any data source virtually, and the software will integrate into any computing environment.

(Last updated on 02/02/2022 by Jose delos Santos)

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