(dA' tu, da' tu) n.

factual information on a subject that has been converted to a symbolic or abstract form so that it can be considered separately from the objects that it measures or describes, for use in computations, analysis, or decision-making.

DATA (SAS word)

Data step statement. Output SAS datasets.

data capture


an automatic process of acquiring original data, as when a scientific measuring device produces digital measurements that are delivered to a computer for storage.

data entry


an interactive process by which a user types data that a program then stores in a file.

data error


an error condition that occurs in the execution of a program when an input data value is not valid, that is, when it is a value that the program is designed not to accept.

data line


a text line following a data step in a program file that serves as input text data for a data step.

data step


a section of a SAS program that begins with a DATA statement and allows general programming and the creation of SAS datasets.

Also, DATA step.

Data Step Graphics Interface


an API for use in data step programming to create SAS/GRAPH graphics.

Abbr. DSGI.

data step view


a view defined in a data step.

data type


a particular way of organizing binary data to represent a value in a program. SAS uses two data types: character and numeric.

data warehouse


a database of data collected from a business operation, generally characterized by these qualities:

  • used for analysis or reporting rather than operations
  • self-documenting
  • internally consistent
  • updated regularly
  • combining data from various sources in one place
  • structured in a way that emphasizes ease of access and deemphasizes the logic of the process that created the data

data warehousing, n.

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