PROC CONTENTS in SAS
PROC CONTENTS is a highly useful procedure which provides summary information about our dataset like:
Last modified and dataset creation information
Number of observations (rows)
Number of variables (columns)
Variable characterstics like formats, informats, labels, type, length etc.
In this tutorial we will make use of SAS' inbuilt dataset: sashelp.baseball
PROC CONTENTS data=sashelp.baseball ; RUN;
Following is the output:
Out data has 322 rows (Observations), 24 columns (variables). Second table provides the information about their variables.
Note that in the second table the order of the variables is in ascending order.
To change the variable list in the order as they appear in the dataset, we write VARNUM. Also we can add a title to our output using TITLE keyword:
PROC CONTENTS data=sashelp.baseball VARNUM; TITLE 'Baseball players dataset info' RUN;