BeOptimized - Tips and Tricks

Get dataset metadata info using functions and dictionary tables

Getting quickly metadata information on your datasets could be useful in some context of conditional execution of SAS programs (e.g.: Don't execute this step if empty dataset). Different methods exists to achieve that: using metadata functions, using Proc contents, or dictionary tables.


This tips and tricks will describe different methods which can be used to extract metadata information from your datasets :

  • Use SAS function together with macros
  • Use Proc Contents but store information in dataset as the place of report
  • Use dictionary tables.
All the methods will be used on a sample dataset and we will compare them on the basis of the pro's and con's.


You have some SAS experience and would like to get information on your metadata.

Quick Facts

  • Scheduled date: Session available on demand.
  • Duration :3 Hours
  • Fee :240 Euros (VAT Exclusive)
  • Language: French/English
  • Included: Coffees, tips and tricks material

Christophe Kabacinski

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Course Location

This course will be organized at : Boulevard Simon Bolivar 34 1000 Bruxelles

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