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We’re numbers people here at SAS, and recently we’ve been analyzing your interests in SAS blogs. That data has helped us come to the decision to combine the SAS Bookshelf and the SAS Training Post blogs into one. We’re also giving the blog a new name -- the SAS Learning Post.
The SAS Learning Post will be a one-stop shop for tips, tutorials and practical information to help you become a better SAS users. You’ll also receive the latest news about SAS training, certification, books and events.
After today, you will no longer see new posts here on the SAS Bookshelf. But no need to worry about missing out on the latest blog. If you currently subscribe to the Bookshelf blog, you will continue to receive the latest blogs from the SAS Learning Post. If you just stumbled on this post and want to get the latest from the SAS Learning Post blog, you can subscribe here.
If you enjoyed the blogs here on the SAS Bookshelf, you’ll love what we have in store for the SAS Learning Post. See you there!
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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.