PharmaSUG 2013 – Chicago, IL

On May 14, 2013, Rob Howard presented at a Coders’ Corner session at the PharmaSUG Annual Conference in Chicago. The paper “Useful Tips for Handling and Creating Special Characters in SAS®,” is a collaboration with Bob Hull of SynteractHCR.  It is available by clicking the link below. The PowerPoint slide show that accompanied the presentation is also available.

Abstract
This paper will discuss various ways of creating and dealing with special characters in SAS. Many people experience difficulty when reading in excel files and discover that strange “boxes” appear in the data. What these are and how they can be dealt with will be discussed. Can special characters be saved in the SAS program? How can these characters be typed if they aren’t on the keyboard? We will also provide examples on how to include special characters like Greek letters (μ), less than or equal to (≤), and registered trademark (®) into your SAS programs and
RTF output. This paper will help you better understand some ways that special characters can be used within SAS.

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PharmaSUG 2011 – Nashville, TN

On May 9, 2011, Rob Howard presented at a Coders’ Corner session at the PharmaSUG Annual Conference in Nashville. The full text of the paper “SYMply PUT: GET the most out of SYMPUTX and SYMGETN,” is available by clicking the link below. The PowerPoint slide show that accompanied the presentation is also available.

Abstract
SYMPUTX and SYMGETN are simple, yet extremely powerful and useful functions. The CALL SYMPUTX routine allows you to quickly and easily store dataset values into macro variables, while the SYMGETN function retrieves these values. Using these functions saves time and reduces the chance of data calculation errors in even the most complex programs. By working through a practical example, you will see the utility and flexibility of these indispensable functions.

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PharmaSUG 2004 – San Diego, CA

On May 23, 2004, Rob Howard presented at a Coders’ Corner session at the PharmaSUG Annual Conference in San Diego. The full text of the paper “GSUBMIT: Simple Customization of your SAS Application Toolbar in SAS for Windows,” is available by clicking the link below. The PowerPoint slide show that accompanied the presentation is also available.

Abstract
Have you ever wanted to delete all your working SAS datasets without closing your SAS session or without having to type “proc datasets kill; run; quit;”? Do you have a SAS program that you run often but you don’t like to search for it in your directories? Ever wished you could execute a proc print without typing? Well, there is a simple way to add a customized button to your Application Toolbar that will run a specific SAS program or SAS code – all at the click of your mouse.

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