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SAS, WPL Code Competition May Heat Up

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The World Programming System (WPS) SAS language clone has been front and center with me the last couple of weeks. Open Thoughts on Analytics readers might remember my praise for the low-cost competitor to the basic SAS language that became ubiquitous in the statistical world.

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Comments (4)
SAS also offers an interface to R in its JMP and SAS/IML products. The SAS/IML language is a matrix/vector language with syntax and functionality similar to R and MATLAB. You can see an example of the interface to R at http://blogs.sas.com/content/iml/2011/05/13/calling-r-from-sasiml-software/

The SAS/IML interface does not use SAS macros, so you can do useful things like call R in a loop while exchanging data and statistics in both directions (SAS <--> R). There is a short (8 minute) video on the topic at http://blogs.sas.com/content/iml/2011/10/31/video-calling-r-from-the-sasiml-language/

Posted by Rick W | Tuesday, May 08 2012 at 10:56AM ET
Yes, but both JMP and IML are separate from Base SAS and priced a la carte. The market will know SAS is serious about R when a bridge is included with Base.
Posted by steve m | Tuesday, May 08 2012 at 11:17AM ET
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