Yes, a SAS "dataset" is a proprietary file structure which contains rows and columns of data. In SAS terminology, the ROWS are sometimes called OBSERVATIONS; and the COLUMNS are sometimes called VARIABLES.
SAS datasets can be accessed, analyzed and reported on using PROCEDURES or DATA step programs. (These are frequently abbreviated, jargon-wise, as "PROCs" and "DATA Step") So, a reasonable sentence might be:
Once you read your Oracle data into a SAS dataset, you can write reports using PROC REPORT or a Data Step program.
A DATA Step program allows a programmer to use the programming language features of the SAS programming language to perform data manipulation, write reports and perform analysis on a SAS dataset.
There are different ways to reference "keys" ... a "GV key" doesn't initially ring a bell. What is the name of the course that you are transcribing??
Thank you very much for your reply. Some of the terms you've mentioned were there and I was able to find it. I can always use [inaudible] if I need to, but this "GV key" came up quite a bit. Could it be a proprietary term? I don't get that much information and often don't know who the client is.This term is used as if it's an identifier of some sort. I tried GB key and didn't get any results. Does the fact that they're listed in a "where statement" help?
Knowing that the reference to the key is in a WHERE statement, (as opposed to an SQL WHERE clause) helps a bit.
I wonder whether this is some SAS/Access product. Knowing the title or general topic of the class -would- help.
Is it at all possible that, instead of "GV key", someone is talking about a "GDG" or Generation Data Group or Generation Dataset???? This is where knowing a bit more about the class topics would be helpful.