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The SAS format library contains the formats used to make SAS output more readable. Formats are linked to the data so that results are displayed as words (“Male” or “Female”, for instance) instead of numbers (1 or 2). The SAS GSHS data file is designed to use its companion format library. You should download both the data file and the format library if you want to use SAS to analyze GSHS data.

The following example SAS program shows how to use the format library. It assumes that both the data file and the format library have been downloaded to “c:\data”. Note that the program contains two libname statements. The first libname statement indicates where the data file is located; the second libname statement indicates where the format library is located.

libname mydata 'c:\data'; /*  tells SAS where the data are */
libname library 'c:\data'; /*  tells SAS where the formats are */

proc freq data=mydata.gshs005;
       tables q2;

Using the format library is recommended but technically is optional. If you do not want to use the format library, include the following statement at the start of your SAS program:

options nofmterr; /*  tells SAS to not look for formats */

Please note that each country and year of data has its own format library. Format libraries are not the same across countries and years of data.

For further information on using format libraries, please consult your SAS documentation.



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