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.

WPS emerged a few years ago as an alternative that can dramatically reduce annual license premiums by companies invested in SAS data step programming. And in theory, replacing SAS with WPS for SAS programming tasks is pretty seamless. For my own testing, WPS has worked perfectly reading SAS data sets and handling all data step and macro code I’ve thrown at it. 

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