Faster, faster, faster

by | Jan 24, 2017

As a SAS Admin I like things to be ordered and efficient. This includes the SAS code that you write, that then runs on my server.
I have learnt a number of performance tricks over the decades and am happy to admit that I am not too old to learn some more.  So when Larry LaRusso editor of SAS Tech Report recently posted a link to a Webinar entitled “Top 10 ways to optimise your SAS code” I had to go and watch it.
Here are a couple of things that I learnt, I’m sure you will find something you’ll be interested in to.

  • Minimising reads on Input, use of the : and repeating variable names.

So I always knew it was important to reduce IO by limited the number of rows and fields you read, but I didn’t realise that you can use the : to read only the first part of the field and further more use the same variable name (dummy) for multiple fields in the file you don’t want.

  • Indexes and sorting

We all know indexes can be a very useful tool for reducing read time when used correctly. What I learnt was that if you sort the data by the index you gain even more efficiencies.

So please take a moment to view the Webinar, you never know what you might learn. Top 10 ways to optimize your SAS code
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Shane out.
Shane blogs about the things only a SAS Administrator knows.  Want to read more? Try ‘How to convert an HTML graph to jpeg on your Mac’ or more from Shane.
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