11-15-2013 05:08 PM
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....
11-19-2013 01:52 PM
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.
11-19-2013 03:24 PM
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 I do not know of an easy way to create such diagrams in SAS/Graph.
11-19-2013 04:09 PM
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.
But that's not really what you were looking for...
11-20-2013 05:13 PM
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