The lowdown on the downloads

I would bet that the most popular four-letter-word in the English language; the one that gets the most attention; the one that everybody loves to see; the one that makes people the happiest is: free. Everybody likes to get something for free. We love it when we purchase two garments [...]

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Five tips from Simulating Data with SAS

Data simulation is a fundamental technique in statistical programming and research. My book Simulating Data with SAS is an accessible how-to book that describes the most useful algorithms and the best programming techniques for efficient data simulation in SAS. Here are five lessons you can learn by reading it: Learn strategies [...]

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Resolve to improve your SAS programming skills

Happy New Year to you, your families, and your colleagues! This is the time of year when people make all types of New Year's resolutions. According to the USA.Gov web site, the most popular resolutions are: Lose Weight Volunteer to Help Others Quit Smoking Get a Better Education Get a [...]

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10 most gratifying moments when writing a SAS Press book

Occasionally, people ask me what is the best thing about writing a book. Is it the notoriety you get from being a SAS Press author? Fame is always pleasant. Is it the money you make from the advance and the royalties?  Money is always useful. Is it displaying technical expertise [...]

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SAS author's tip: Inputting data using text value positioning

This week's SAS tip is from Phil Mason and his ever-helpful book In the Know...SAS Tips and Techniques From Around the Globe, Second Edition. When the book released in 2006, it received a lot of praise from the user community. This quote from SAS user Ron Fehd is a personal favorite: "Phil Mason, one of the SAS [...]

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Learn how to become a published author at SAS Global Forum

Where do you go when you want to mix and mingle with like-minded folks? Where do you go when you want to share best practices and talk about the latest advances in software? If you’re a SAS user, the answer is SAS Global Forum in San Francisco. And while in [...]

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SAS author's tip: Using a MODIFY statement to update a master file from a transaction file

This week's SAS tip is from Ron Cody and his new book Cody's Collection of Popular SAS Programming Tasks and How to Tackle Them. If you're a SAS user and haven't explored Ron's work, you're missing out! Visit Ron's author page to view his extensive list of SAS books, user [...]

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Setting new goals? Come grow with us!

It’s that time of year when we all reflect on our accomplishments and consider what our next great moves will be. Maybe you’ve been wondering how you could have a greater impact on the SAS user community, develop your SAS skills further, impress your boss, maybe even become famous in [...]

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SAS author's tip: Creating permanent data sets

This week's SAS tip is from Phil Mason and his ever-popular book In the Know...SAS Tips and Techniques From Around the Globe, Second Edition. In a review, SAS user Ian Whitlock said "Phil Mason is the grand master in the art of the SAS software tip." It was definitely difficult picking just one excerpt to [...]

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SAS author’s tip: Useful secret options

In honor of the 2012 Olympics, this week’s SAS tip is from award-winning UK author Phil Mason and his book In the Know...SAS Tips and Techniques from Around the Globe, Second Edition. SAS user Ron Fehd proclaimed Phil Mason "one of the SAS user community's famous creative tinkerers--the SAS user version [...]

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