[R] sas.get

Douglas Bates bates at stat.wisc.edu
Thu Feb 3 14:33:52 CET 2000

Wayne Stewart <stewart at scitec.auckland.ac.nz> writes:

> Is there an "R" equivalent of the Splus "sas.get"?

There is a package called `foreign' in the Devel section of the
contributed packages at CRAN.  It can only be expected to compile
under R-0.99.0, which is scheduled for release next Monday.

The foreign package allows reading of SAS data sets in the XPORT
format.  The XPORT format is standardized across machine architectures
and documented (sort-of).  It has been adopted by the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) of the United States government as their `vendor
neutral' data format.  (I like the idea that `vendor neutral' means
`whatever SAS Institute says'.)

I don't know of any packages to read the general SAS data formats.
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