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Trouble Shooting

         

Reading data into SAS                                                                         Notes about these trouble-shooting aids

1. NOTES IN BLUE TEXT DID NOT APPEAR in the Log Window, noting the number of observations and variables in the data set, after hitting the Submit icon on the toolbar in the Editor Window.

Try this: make sure SAS statements are written and punctuated correctly. They should look like this:

    DATA dataname;
    INPUT variable1 variable2 variable3 ... ;
    DATALINES;

Or try this: make sure you have that semicolon by itself as final line (after last data line).


2
. YOU RECEIVE THIS BLUE NOTE:
NOTE: Invalid data for diet in line 29 1-6.

Try this: you have told SAS to read in text as numbers, so add a $ after the variable name.


3. YOU RECEIVE A RED ERROR MESSAGE:
ERROR 76-322: Syntax error, statement will be ignored.

Try this: check your semicolons; check spelling of INSTRUCTIONS.

4. YOU RECEIVE THIS GREEN MESSAGE in the Log Window:
WARNING: The quoted string currently being processed has become more than 262 characters long.
        You may have unbalanced quotation marks.

Make sure that you did not use one of the forbidden special characters in your data name, things like . ' ()+-/@# . You cannot use a period, apostrophe, dash, or parenthesis. You can use underscore. Try a short name with only letters, to test if this is the problem: example DATA one.

5. YOU RECEIVE THESE BLUE AND GREEN MESSAGES in the Log Window:

NOTE: The SAS System stopped processing this step because of errors.
WARNING: The data set WORK.ONE may be incomplete. When this step was stopped there were 0
observations and 7 variables.
WARNING: Data set WORK.ONE was not replaced because this step was stopped.

Make sure that you did not use one of the forbidden special characters in your data name, things like . ' ()+-/@# . You cannot use a period, apostrophe, dash, or parenthesis. You can use underscore. Try a short name with only letters, to test if this is the problem: example DATA one.


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