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marygraceC
Calcite | Level 5


i am looking for a quick way to represent the various data sets in my SAS program as database symbols,

connect them with diamond shapes to represent decision points and finally a shape for a data table or REPORT - just as you would depict a flow chart

of the logic contained in a computer program that involves ETL and Analytics.

I know EG has a  PROCESS FLOW option we can select under VIEW -- but maybe there is another graphic package that is available with VA?

and YES and a user pointed out in 2010 --- SAS/OR and NETGRAPH can accomplish a flow chart looking visual -- but that is overly complicated for my current task....

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justin_sas
SAS Employee

Unfortunately SAS Visual Analytics out of the box doesn’t have the ability to create flowchart like visuals and save them as PDF’s. Though I believe you can probably do this with SAS/Graph using the annotate functionality and then either call the code via a Stored Process and print to PDF in SAS Visual Analytics, or use ODS PDF wrapping your annotate code to create the PDF.

I have cross posted this in the SAS/Graph community to see if they have more ideas for you.

GraphGuy
Meteorite | Level 14

If creating these with SAS/OR and Netgraph is overly complicated, creating them (using custom annotate code, etc) in SAS/Graph probably would be overly complicated too Smiley Happy  I do not know of an easy way to create such diagrams in SAS/Graph.

Quentin
Super User

If you are willing to draw the flow chart in Word (RTF), and then use SAS to update it with names of datasets, counts of records, etc.  I like this approach from Art Carpenter.

www.wuss.org/proceedings11/Papers_Carpenter_A_74920.pdf

But that's not really what you were looking for...

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snoopy369
Barite | Level 11

You could probably do this with custom markers in a scatter plot on top of a dendrogram perhaps (assuming you need branching) or a series plot (if you don't need branching), but I second Rob's opinion - it's probably more complicated than you'd want. Would be nice if we had a "Flowchart" graph type Smiley Happy

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