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Tourmaline | Level 20

And a note:  There's something to keep in mind if you are playing with very very very large dataset and composite keys as hash keys that would not fit in memory and may have to be treated with MD5 or SHA256 hash algorithms to make it compatible. However, in my 5+ years of SAS experience, I haven't encountered the need to be concerned about that yet. But always good to be aware though.





Lapis Lazuli | Level 10

@novinosrin  .. Thank you so much . I'll keep it in mind. Just have one more query .


if i declared has object as below. Does it's feasible in comparison open declaration of hash object .


if _n_=1 then do;
declare hash h(dataset:'test1');



Tourmaline | Level 20

I don't comprehend what you mean by " open declaration"


Are you trying to mean:

 open declaration is

if _n_=1 then do;

dcl hash statements......





dcl hash....




If that above is what your question is, I'd suggest the not so regular hash users to use the one you suggested as opposed to the style i showed that loops through the set until the confidence and expertise gets to a certain level. 

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