A text analysis of Game of Thrones

Are you a fan of the television series Game of Thrones or text mining? If your answer is yes and/or yes – then this blog is perfect for you. And don’t worry – I won’t reveal any spoilers.

Brad Gross and Srividhya Naraharirao came up with the idea to do a text analysis of the book series, “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George RR Martin (that’s the book that led to the hit HBO series Game of Thrones). They presented their findings at the Student Symposium at the 2015 SCSUG Educational Forum at Louisiana State University.

Gross and Naraharirao are both pursuing their Master’s degree in Analytics at LSU, and this project gave them their first chance to learn more about text analysis.

“We found a SAS article on text analysis and thought we could change this to something more relevant to us,” said Gross. “We went in with no knowledge, but once we started to see what SAS was capable of we started to see what we could accomplish using it and that drove us down our path.” Read More »

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Student Ambassador Program application deadline extended!

Are you a student who submitted content to SAS Global Forum 2016? You’re in luck, the Student Ambassador Program is still accepting applications! The deadline has been extended until November 15, 2015. This is your chance to earn one of fifteen spots to attend the conference for free. Yes, that’s right, free! The award includes waived conference registration, travel and hotel costs, a pre-conference tutorial and conference meals. The application process doesn’t take long, all you need is your paper submission number and answer a few questions that will tell us why you should be the next SAS Student Ambassador. So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and get those applications in today!


Apply for the SAS Student Ambassador Program.


Questions? Email us at academic@sas.com.

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MWSUG and SCSUG scholarships winners

We are smack in the middle of conference season! We hope the WUSS and SESUG scholarship winners received the educational experience they deserved. On deck we have the Midwest SAS Users Group (MWSUG) taking place Oct. 18-20 in Omaha, NE and South Central SAS Users Group (SCSUG) on Oct. 30th in Baton Rouge, LA. SCSUG will also include a student symposium featuring several scholarship winners. We’d like to recognize and congratulate the scholarship winners of the upcoming users conferences:

MWSUG – Midwest Users of SAS Software

MWSUG offers full scholarships for students and junior professionals with an accepted abstract for a paper or poster. The scholarship covers the registration fees plus a stipend for travel expenses. Partial scholarships are also available.

2015 Student Scholarship Winners

Kechen Zhao
University of Southern California

Sara Burns
Washington University - St. Louis

Ran Gu
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Yage Guo
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Milan Mcgraw
University of Chicago

Harsh Daiya
University of Nebraska at Omaha

Yufeng Xu
University of Iowa

Karush Jaggi
Oklahoma State University

Sherry Zhou
University of Southern California

2015 Junior Professional Award Winners

Chad Wetzel
Douglas County Health Department

Ting Sa
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Seungyoung Hwang
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Kaushal Chaudhary
Sanford Health

Teresa Smith
Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition

Yumin Zhao
Eli Lilly


SCSUG – South Central SAS Users Group

SCSUG offers student and faculty scholarships using SAS in their coursework or research. Applicants must submit a paper that is selected to be presented. Louisiana State University, Oklahoma State University and The University of Alabama are also hosting a joint Graduate Student Symposium in Analytics this year. These students will present at SCSUG.

2015 Student Scholarship Winner

Deanna Schreiber-Gregory
2015 Student Symposium

University of Louisiana

Gross and Srividhya Naraharirao
Game of Thrones: Text Analysis of the George RR Martin’s book series A Song of Ice and Fire using SAS Enterprise Miner

Andrew Kramer
Contextualized Market Basket Analysis – How to learn more from your Point of Sale Data in Base SAS and SAS Enterprise Miner

Alfred Koffi-Sokpa, Nidhi Gupta, Rahul Roshan
An Insight into Significance of Parameter Estimates: A “Target Shuffling” approach Using Base SAS

Oklahoma State University

Sairam Tanguturi and Nithish Reddy Yeduguri
Study of Cancer Research by Small Businesses: A Text Analytics Approach Using SAS Enterprise Miner

Karush Jaggi
Debt Collection Through SAS® Analytics Lens

Saurabh Nandy
Re-admission Analysis of COPD Patients

The University of Alabama

Matthew B. Collins and Taylor K. Larkin
SAS & R: A Perfect Combination for Sports Analytics

Taylor K. Larkin
Telecommunications, Power Grids, and Cataclysmic Damage

Taylor B. Anderson
SAS: Detecting Phishing Attempts: Minimally Invasive Email Log Data

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Exciting, new opportunity for students at SAS Global Forum 2016!

Are you a student learning SAS in your classes? Interested in Big Data and the power of SAS Analytics? Here’s your opportunity to show us what you’ve got!

At the Academic Summit at SAS Global Forum 2015, an exciting new competition was announced for students – the Student Symposium. This new opportunity allows teams of two to four students, and a faculty advisor/professor, to compete with other teams in the application of SAS Analytics and big data. We give you 8 different data sources to choose from, AND access to the software. All you have to do is choose a data source and come up with a problem to solve. Sounds fun, right? Students will submit a paper about their problem and solution, and the top eight teams will be selected to attend SAS Global Forum 2016 to present in a breakout session. The top three teams will be announced at the conference after their breakout sessions.

Students, this is a great way to apply the skills you’ve learned in the classroom to real-world data and solve a problem using Analytics. You also get to present to a global audience and network with thousands of other SAS users.

SAS Global Forum 2016 will be held in Las Vegas, NV April 19-21.

So, students, get your teams together and start working on those papers! Register your team today!

More information can be found on the Student Symposium page. Questions? Email symposium@sas.com.


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WUSS and SESUG Scholarships Winners

SAS Regional Users Groups (RUGS) are committed to the next generation of SAS users. To encourage hands-on learning, each RUG awards scholarships to students, faculty and new SAS professionals. These awards include full or partial scholarships to attend these valuable events where they learn about SAS software from experienced programmers. Could you or a new SAS professional that you know qualify for this valuable experience? Visit WUSS, SESUG, MWSUG or SCSUG for details.

Without further ado, here are the winners of the WUSS and SESUG scholarships. Congratulations!

WUSS – Western Users of SAS Software

Winners of the WUSS student and faculty scholarships receive complimentary registration, two half-day classes and travel assistance. Registration is still open and the conference takes place September 9-11.

2015 Student Scholarship Winners

Brian Bahmanyar California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Timothy Banh University of California, Davis

Citadel Cabasag University of California, Irvine

Katherine Cai Arizona State University

Gene Chen University of Southern California

Eric Dong University of Colorado

Nicholas Ellinwood University of California, Davis

Caiti Feeley California Polytechnic University

Elaina Gates California Polytechnic University

Toni Geronimo San Diego State University

Kathleen Gunn San Diego State University

Kyle Irimata Arizona State University

Fred Jin University of Nevada Las Vegas

Eastern Kang Sim University of California, San Diego

April Moreno Claremont Graduate University

Amit Pande University of Arizona

Alexandria Pech University of Arizona

Hannah Peterson University of Nevada Las Vegas

Niloofar Ramezani University of Northern Colorado

Danny Rithy California Polytechnic University

Deanna Schreiber-Gregory National University

Chelsea Shover University of California, Los Angeles

Nathan Smith University of California, Davis

Hannah Summers San Diego State University

Brandi Vollmer University of Colorado

Sarah Winfield San Diego State University

Erica Yang California State University East Bay

WUSS 2015 Faculty Scholarship Winner

Isaiah Lankham California State University East Bay


2015 Junior Professional Award Winners

Cynthia Alvarez ICON

Richard Armenta Henry Jackson Foundation-Naval Health Research Center

Christine Dobson California Department of Public Health

Navjot Kaur Henry M. J ackson Foundation (at the Naval Health Research Center, San Diego, CA)

Lia Koski Maricopa County Department of Public Health

Edward Lan Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Tuberculosis Control Program

Joseph Lei California Department of Health Care Services

Yunin Ludena University of California, Davis

Eva Mikhael Kaiser Permanente

Montserrat Noboa CA Department of Public Health, Office of Binational Border Health

William Pe SRI International - Center for Education Policy

Siqi Peng University of Phoenix

Nicholas Pisca County of Los Angeles, Department of Mental Health, Data/GIS Unit

Monica Rosales LA County Department of Public Health- TB Control Program

Roshni Shah Santa Clara County Public Health Department

Genie Tang Department of Industrial Relations

Andy Torres SynteractHCR

DeEtte Trubey National University

Rahul Vaswani MarketShare

Josephine Yumul County of Los Angeles, Public Health -TB Control


SESUG – Southeast SAS Users Group

Winners of grants to attend SESUG attend the conference at a discounted rate. Winners who also present receive additional travel assistance. Registration is still open and the conference takes place September 27-29.

2015 Student Scholarship Winners

Nushrat Alam Florida A&M University

Rachael Becker University of Central Florida

Yin Burgess University of South Carolina

Drew Doyle University of Central Florida

Svetlana Gavrilova Middle Tennessee State University

Zhaoxia Guo University of South Carolina

Rana Jaber Florida International University

Verlin Joseph Florida A&M University

Raissa Kouadjo Florida A&M University

Jin Liu University of South Carolina

Jessica Montgomery University of South Florida

Adetosoye Oladokun Florida A&M University

Thanh Pham University of South Florida

Deanna Schreiber-Gregory National University

Yan Wang University of South Florida

SESUG 2015 Faculty Scholarship Winners

Yi-Hsin Chen University of South Florida

Mark Ferguson University of South Carolina

Peter Wludyka University of North Florida


2015 Professional Development Grant Winners

Michelle Dahnke Florida Department of Financial Services

Seungyoung Hwang Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Ram Poudel The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Maxim Terekhov Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Andre Watts University of Central Florida

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Opportunities and Benefits for Students with RUGS and LUGS

 Fall semester has begun and everyone is settling in for a year of learning. However, learning opportunities don’t end at the classroom. SAS Regionals Users Groups (RUGS) conferences also start in the fall. Attending a conference offers valuable learning opportunities from seasoned professionals and also provides a platform for networking. Meeting the right people can certainly help as you venture into a professional career after graduation. Luckily, attending a conference doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. WUSS, SESUG, MWSUG and SCSUG all offer scholarships and grants to students and faculty. There are also other ways to be involved such as joining a local users group, or participating in the online community.

Scholarships and Grants

Students and faculty are all eligible for scholarships and grants offered by RUGS. These awards include full or partial registration and can even cover travel costs. This requires planning ahead – the deadline has already passed for WUSS, SESUG and MWSUG, but SCSUG will be accepting scholarship applications until September 7.

Join a Local Users Group

If attending a conference is still out of your reach due to time or finances, you can still find learning and networking opportunities by joining a Local Users Group (LUG). Currently, there are 47 Local Users Groups across 42 states. Membership fees and student discounts vary per group, so contact the LUG closest to you for information. Don’t see a LUG in your area? Be a pioneer and start one!

Get Online

Join any of our online communities and learn from experienced SAS users and leaders from around the world 24/7. As you start your career, online communities will be a valuable resource in solving coding issues and delving into the many features of SAS programs.

Getting involved with the SAS Users groups in person or online provides learning opportunities that can help you as a student, but will also become more valuable with time. The lessons you learn at a conference or the person you meet at a local users group meeting can have a great impact on career prospects after graduation.

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Teaching a SAS® Class and need assistance?

 SAS is here to help.

Whether you are teaching students how to use SAS or are using the power of SAS® to apply analytical intelligence to any data in any discipline, we have a variety of resources available to you including our Academic Evaluation Copy Program.

  • SAS Press will provide two SAS Press titles per semester as evaluation copies* to review for possible course adoption.
  • SAS Press sells some books that are published by other publishers; only books published by SAS Press are eligible for the evaluation copy program.
  • Eligible teachers, faculty, and students may receive 20% on select publications.
  • SAS Press will work with your campus bookstore on ordering books for your courses.

Request your books today!

If you have any questions, please contact us: Phone: 1-800-727-0025 (valid in the U.S. and Canada) E-mail: sasbook@sas.com

* SAS sends evaluation copies to only college or university addresses and they are yours to keep.


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Back To School Wisdom

Written by the data-loving daughter of an english teacher

Growing up, I was never all that great at grammar and punctuation. As you will probably see in this post, I'm still not. It’s why I focused more on numbers rather than letters. The fact that my dad was a math teacher probably didn’t hurt either.

My mom, the english teacher, did try to ensure I remembered certain rules around grammar. To help she shared some funny examples:

Grammar Wisdom Example #1: Lay Vs. Lie

Inevitably I hear someone use this incorrectly at least once a week. “I’m not feeling well so I’m going to lay down.”

I know grammatically this is incorrect because my mom shared with me that the only things that lay are: a person with an illegal street corner job and a female animal in the poultry family. The rest of us lie. Crude but funny and it has stuck with me. If you want the exact phrase she used, connect with me on LinkedIn and I can share.

So from that example it should be “I'm not feeling well so I'm going to lie down.”

Grammar Wisdom Example #2: Commas

Apparently, commas save lives.

Let’s eat Grandma - Uh, gross
Let’s eat, Grandma – much better

Fun SAS® Wisdom

I now have school aged kids of my own. I haven’t shared all Grandma’s wisdom yet. Lay vs. lie I will save for the teenage years, but they definitely know what’s for dinner and it isn’t Grandma.

Now that I'm grown up, I'm  still drawn to numbers but I do remember one punctuation that brings a little bit of each of my parents worlds together. The semicolon!

For those who may not know, the semicolon is a pertinent aspect to programming in SAS and it shouldn’t be forgotten. EVER.

I have shared with my mom (and kids) that I think the semicolon is even more important than the comma. After all, it makes a statement!!!!!!

It may save lives, too. Especially if the comma is forgotten. Here is an example of what I mean:

Let’s eat Grandma.
Run; Grandma Run;

My Wisdom

As the school year begins, you many still be deciding what to do when you grow up. If you are like me and have an interest in both language and math, SAS can help.

After all it has been said that the sexiest job of the 21st century is the data scientist. Getting the skills needed to land that job would definitely make a statement at your class reunion.

Have fun and always remember the ;

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Become the next SAS Student Ambassador!


Calling all students! Are you using SAS in interesting and innovative ways in your classes? Do you want to share your research with thousands of SAS users at SAS Global Forum 2016? Did we mention you could win an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas, NV, where the conference is being held! Apply for the SAS Student Ambassador Program today!

The call for content is now open for SAS Global Forum 2016, and we want to see what cool ways you are using SAS. Submit your abstract today. After you have submitted your abstract, fill out the SAS Student Ambassador application to win an all-expenses paid trip to SAS Global Forum 2016. If your abstract is selected, you will be considered for this award. Award includes airfare, hotel and travel costs, conference registration, and one pre-conference tutorial.

Not ready to present yet? That’s ok, you can still attend the conference by applying to the Student Scholarship Program. Student Scholarship and Faculty Scholarship applications are now open!

Questions? Contact academic@sas.com.

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Congratulations to the winners of the Analytics Shootout!

The Analytics 2015 conference is fast approaching! Here at SAS, we are getting ready to bring you a great conference, full of content ranging from High Performance Analytics, to data mining and forecasting. There are also some awesome opportunities for students to present their work and showcase what they’ve been working on in the field of Analytics.

Each year, teams of students can compete in the Analytics Shootout, a competition that gives students and faculty the opportunity to solve a real-world analytics problem. The top 3 teams receive free conference registration and travel and lodging for one team member and the sponsoring professor. They also get to present their work during a 15 minute breakout session. First, second and third place will be announced at the conference.

We are pleased to announce, in no particular order, this year’s top 3 teams:

  • Team 19 – Southern Methodist University
  • Team 52 – University of Georgia
  • Team 82 – University of Georgia

We are also pleased to recognize the following Honorable Mentions:

  • Team 57 – Oklahoma State University
  • Team 25 – University of Alabama
  • Team 29 – Oklahoma State University
  • Team 12 – Southern Methodist University

Congratulations to all teams who participated in this year’s Analytics Shootout!Still want to participate in this year’s conference? Don’t worry, the Student Poster Contest is still accepting abstracts for the Poster Session! This is your chance to show fellow students and industry professionals what you’ve been working on. The top 6 posters will be selected as winners, and receive a free trip to the Analytics 2015 conference! Get those submissions in today! Submission deadline is September 4.Not ready to present your work, but still want to participate in the conference? Full-time students from accredited, degree-granting academic institutions may attend this conference free of charge! This free pass is for the conference only. Students can attend pre- or post-conference training at a 50% discount. Professors can also register for 50% off! More information can be found here.

We hope to see you at Analytics 2015!

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