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SAS word: MAC

Language prefix for format or informat. Macedonian. Ref: NLS:Formats for NLS. PSPL:Informats and Formats:Time Fields. PSPPR:Informats:Time Informats. PSPPR:Formats:Time Formats.

Term: Mach

(ma:k') n.

an operating system developed by Carnegie Mellon University and subsequently by the Open Software Foundation, noted for its kernel-level support for interprocess communication. Mach components have been used in several operating systems.

Term: machine language


a binary code for a computer program that a particular kind of computer can execute directly, without having to convert it to any other form.


SAS/QC. Procedure. Moving average control charts.

Term: macro

(mak' rO) n.

1. Macro language. a stored object that contains macro language code.

2. a program that records a sequence of actions a user might take in interacting with an application.

3. a preprocessor object in any of various computer languages.


4. of or having to do with macro language.


Macro statement. Defines a macro. Ref: PSPPR:Macro Language:Macro Statements. PSPL:Macro Language:The Objects of Macro Language.

System option. Ref: PSPPR:System Options. PSPL:Macro Language:System Options for Macro Language. SLRD:SAS System Options.

Entry type. Macro.

Term: macro comment statement


a comment that is removed from a program by the macro processor. A macro comment statement is a macro statement that begins with %*.

Term: macro function

Macro language. n.

a function of macro language. Macro function calls are written in the same manner as macro calls.

Term: macro label

Macro language. n.

a statement label of macro language, used as the target of the macro %GOTO statement. A macro label is written in a macro as a name preceded by a percent sign and followed by a colon.

Term: macro language

(mak' ro lang' gwij) n.

1. a language that can be used in a SAS program to apply conditional logic in generating SAS statements; the preprocessor language of SAS software.

2. a programming language intended to be programmed by recording the actions of a user interacting with an application. Compare scripting language.

Term: macro processor


the part of SAS software that interprets macro language.

Term: macro quoting

Macro language. n.

the use of macro function calls to change the way the macro processor treats certain special characters and operators.

Term: macro variable

Macro language. n.

a macro language object that contains a text value and is kept in memory. A macro language reference is written with an ampersand followed by the macro variable name.

SAS word: MAD

Function. Median absolute deviation. Ref: PSPPR:Functions. SLRD:Functions and CALL Routines.



Alias, M.

SAS word: MAIN

SCL reserved label.

Term: mainframe

(mAn' frAm) n.

1. a large, sturdy rack in which various combinations of electronic equipment can be arranged.

2. a mainframe computer.


3. of or having to do with a mainframe computer.

Term: mainframe computer


1. a large central multiuser computer characterized by expandability and high I/O capacity.

2. a server computer designed for software compatibility with older mainframe computers.


Display Manager window. Contents of standard print file. Ref: PSPPR:Display Manager.


Term: mantissa

(man tis' u) n.

a number that indicates the detail of the magnitude of a value, but not its order of magnitude. In scientific notation, the mantissa is multiplied by a power of 10 to determine the magnitude. In most floating point formats, the mantissa is multiplied by a power of 2 to determine the magnitude.


SAS/GRAPH. Procedure.

SAS word: MAPS

System option. Ref: PSPPR:System Options. SLRD:SAS System Options.

Term: margin

(ma:r' jin) n.

an area left blank at the edge of a page.


ODS destination. Ref: ODS:ODS Language Statements. PSPPR:ODS Drivers.

Term: mask

(mask') n.

1. Text editing. A control line that marks off specific character positions in every line in a file, protecting them from changes during the editing process.

2. Graphics. a shape that limits the area of a graphic or image that is used, displayed, or processed.


3. to hide or exclude from processing by the use of a mask.

4. Macro language. to use macro quoting to remove the special significance of (a special character or operator).

SAS word: MASK

Line command. Ref: PSPPR:Display Manager.

Term: match

(mach') v.t.

1. to be equal or the same.

2. to have equal key values.

3. to associate two or more matching objects.


4. the condition of matching.

5. two or more values, observations, or other objects that match.

Term: match merge


1. to merge in a way that matches objects according to their key values.


2. an instance of or the process or result of match merging.

Term: mathematics

(math u mat' iks) n.

1. a branch of science that deals with numbers, shapes, sets, and definitions.

2. the application of ideas or processes of mathematics.

Also, math (math'). mathematical, adj. mathematically, adv.

Term: matrix

(mA' triks) n.

1. Mathematics. a table of numbers or numeric expressions used as a single object in mathematical operations.

2. any rectangular arrangement of objects in rows and columns.


System option. Ref: PSPPR:System Options. PSPL:Macro Language:System Options for Macro Language. SLRD:SAS System Options.

SAS word: MAX

Statistic. Maximum. Ref: PSPPR:Descriptive Statistics. PSPL:Proc Steps:Summary Statistics.

Function. Maximum. Ref: PSPPR:Functions. PSPL:Functions and CALL Routines:Mathematical Functions. SLRD:Functions and CALL Routines.

Operator. Maximum. Ref: PSPPR:Operators. PSPL:Constants and Expressions:Operators.

Term: maximize


1. to arrive at the best outcome by determining how the greatest value of a variable can be produced.

2. Microsoft Windows, OS/2. to display (a window) using the entire screen, or in the largest size possible. Compare minimize, restore.

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