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In a little more than two weeks, I will be in one of my favorite places, San Diego, California, recruiting potential SAS Press authors at the JMP Discovery Summit, which will be held at the beautiful Paradise Point Resort and Spa from 14 September to 17 September 2015.
I’m especially excited about attending the conference this year because it's the 25th anniversary of SAS Press, and we are offering a 25% discount on all our SAS and JMP books at the conference. We will feature a host of books for sale, all available at the discount. And as if that was not enough, we have also scheduled a book signing by Jim Grayson, Sam Gardner, and Mia Stephens, authors of our newest JMP title, Building Better Models with JMP® Pro. The signing will take place from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 pm in the Dockside Room.
Do you have a book idea you would like to discuss? Or perhaps you know someone who should write a book. In either case, please stop by the SAS Press booth to chat. I am also interested in hearing about books you’d like to see us publish or if you are interested in serving as a technical reviewer on our books. I hope to see you there!
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This year, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of SAS Press, we are offering a 25% discount on all our SAS Press books at JSM (Joint Statistical Meetings). Over the last 25 years, SAS Press has published 250 books; has worked with more than 300 SAS authors and has millions of satisfied SAS users! So come and celebrate with us and get your 25% discount on one or more of our great titles.
I’m sure by now you will have heard about SAS® University Edition, which provides free access to SAS software quickly and easily for students, professors and independent learners. Bestselling author, Ron Cody has just finished his latest title, An Introduction to SAS University Edition - which does what it says on the jar - and provides a comprehensive guide on how to get started with SAS University Edition and use it to solve problems, using the point-and-click interface of SAS Studio, and how to write your own SAS programs. Come and visit the SAS Press booth and take a look at the preview copy.
So you have the software, and know there is a great book coming soon to get you up and running, but where to get the data? Free Data Friday is a new initiative from the SAS Analytics U community starting this fall. Over a series of 12 blogs, the community will show where to get a particular data set, how to read it into SAS, at least one model or statistic showing something interesting with that data, and at least one ODS or SAS Studio graph to show the results. Read More
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SAS Global Forum bestselling author - William E. Benjamin, Jr.
The final figures are in! This year there was a fierce battle for the top spot of the SAS Global Forum 2015 books bestseller list.
In a nail biting finish, newcomer, Exchanging Data between SAS and Microsoft Excel: Tips and Techniques to Transfer and Manage Data More Efficiently, beat off the all-time classic, The Little SAS Book: A Primer, Fifth Edition, and Art Carpenter’s latest, Carpenter's Guide to Innovative SAS Techniques. On site sales showed a level setting but the off-site orders, using the special conference discount code, came pouring in and tipped the balance heavily in favor of Bill Benjamin’s Exchanging Data title.
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What prompted me to find a co-author and write a new edition of my original book on PROC TABULATE? It’s those inventive developers at SAS. They keep adding new features to make the product even better. There are too many new features and techniques in the book to name, but these are my top three reasons why you need to check out the new content:
- Percentages are now much easier
When I wrote the original book, to use percentages you had to figure out the denominator definitions by yourself. That created an entire chapter of complex explanations. Now you can use ROWPCTN, ROWPCTSUM, COLPCTN, and COLPCTSUM to do row and column percentages with ease. The new edition shows how you can use these new statistic keywords to create clear and informative tables.
- The Output Delivery System (ODS) has matured as a product
There are so many new ways you can use ODS today. In the original book, written based on SAS v7, ODS was in its infancy and users were just beginning to understand its power. Today, with continued development at SAS, and many creative ideas contributed by users online and at conferences, this section is greatly expanded with new ways to make your output more professional and powerful.
- New tricks and cheats
No matter how good the developers at SAS, the SAS user community is always one step ahead. The new version of the chapter "PROC TABULATE Tricks: How to Cheat to Create Complex Tables” is full of ways to create customized output using clever workarounds.
Visit the book page for additional information, reviews and a free book excerpt.
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Many of our authors often ask us where they can find real data that they can use without copyright or other confidentiality issues. Instructors too are always on the look-out for real-life data.
Well, thanks to a new initiative supported by SAS, you can now access data from more than 40 studies and 25,000 patients from clinical trials of prostate cancer, breast cancer, and melanoma treatments. The list of available studies is growing rapidly! See for yourself.
Project Data Sphere, founded by the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, brings together leading pharmaceutical companies to share data and an analytics platform to investigate those data. In support of Project Data Sphere and the research community, SAS hosts the platform and provides access to SAS Drug Development and SAS Visual Analytics at no cost to researchers. For most studies, data is already available as SAS data sets, consistent with CDISC/SDTM requirements and ready for analysis using the web-enabled analytics platform. Students, professors, and others in the research community are welcome to join this growing community of clinical trial researchers in the fight against cancer.
So what better time to write a book with all this data to play with! I’m headed to Orlando, May 17- 20, for the annual PharmaSUG conference. I will be at the SAS Publications booth in the demo room and would love to talk to you about your book ideas, whether you want to write your own book, review a book, or suggest a book idea. We are actively looking to expand our offerings to cover a variety of pharmaceutical topics; and so if you have an interesting application or experience in using SAS solutions, then please consider sharing it as a short book.
Please do stop by the demo room at PharmaSUG 2015 or email me if you'd like to set aside some time to talk.