Thursday, May 28, 2009

SAS is the Devil

I've spent 10 hours over the last two days debugging a SAS program I wrote about 2 months ago. It was written for a paper that's coming along nicely, but I haven't revisited the data (or the program) for a while.

Unfortunately, I didn't document the program very well.

I thought, "well, all I have to do is run this one test. That shouldn't take long."

Cue Jaws theme song and commence profanity


When will I learn?

Now that I've gotten down to a part of the program that has to run for a while (merging two VERY large (> 50 gig) datasets), I can take a break.

update: It finally finished running. It "only" took 14 hours (yes, that's right, 14 hours). And that's after having used every trick I knew to make it more efficient.