Exercises for Learning SAS Programming

Our new book, Exercises and Projects for The Little SAS® Book Fifth Edition, includes a variety of exercises to help people learn SAS programming. Rebecca Ottesen, Lora Delwiche and I designed this book so that it can be used either in a classroom setting or by individual readers working alone. [...]

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Macros Tip: %INCLUDE vs. Macro Language

This SAS author tip is from Robert Virgile, author of “SAS Macro Language Magic: Discovering Advanced Techniques”.  It actually came about when a reader posted a comment on one of Virgile’s blogs. Thank you to that reader for their comment! Technically, %INCLUDE is not part of macro language.  Yes, it [...]

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3 reasons you need the new edition of PROC TABULATE by Example

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 [...]

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Macro Myth: The closest non-empty symbol table

This SAS tip is from Robert Virgile and his book “SAS Macro Language Magic: Discovering Advanced Techniques”. We hope you find this tip useful. You can also read an excerpt from Virgile’s book. When CALL SYMPUT creates a new macro variable, it places that variable in “the closest non-empty symbol [...]

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Get real clinical data

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 [...]

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Doctor, I have this friend who has a pain right about here

We have all heard the old joke about the person who sidles up to a doctor at a party and describes in great detail a medical problem a "friend" is having in order to get free medical advice.  It could just as easily be a person buttonholing an accountant for [...]

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We don’t need no education!

So, how did you first learn SAS programming? Originally, I was self-taught.  Many years ago, I learned SAS on the job when a systems programmer quit and I took over supporting a mainframe performance software package that was written in SAS. I got a copy of the Base SAS users [...]

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What to do when all your boss wants is a spreadsheet

Most SAS programmers have been here. Someone just wants a handful of numbers that they can add to a graph or power point presentation that is due tomorrow. You have the data files, you have a job to summarize it, and you have a dilemma. How do I get my [...]

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SAS author’s tip: Bayesian analysis of item response theory models

This SAS tip comes from Clement A. Stone and Xiaowen Zhu, authors of Bayesian Analysis of Item Response Theory Models using SAS. Item response theory (IRT) models are the models of choice for analyzing item responses from assessments in the educational, psychological, health, social, and behavioral sciences. SAS PROC MCMC [...]

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Raiders of the lost spreadsheet

Have you ever peered intently into an unfamiliar data delivery directory, realized what was in it, rolled over onto your side, stared blankly into the distance, and dejectedly uttered something akin to: "Spreadsheets! Why did it have to be spreadsheets?" If so, then we are definitely on the same page. [...]

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