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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I Know What You Did Last Summer!

I know what you did last summer. If it was unintentional, then you probably don't know what I am talking about.  If it was intentional, then you probably thought that I would never find out.  Either way, the damage is done.  The actions that you took on that warm summer […]

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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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SAS author's tip: Identifying FIRST.row and LAST.row in by-groups

A popular DATA step programming technique frequently used by SAS users is the ability to identify the beginning and ending observation in by-groups. The way it works is whenever a BY statement is specified with a SET statement, two temporary variables are created in the Program Data Vector (PDV), FIRST.variable […]

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Stay curious! Benefit yourself and your organization

Recently one of our most popular authors, Michael Raithel, a Senior Systems Analyst for Westat, presented a SAS Talks and was interviewed for an AllAnalytics radio show.  Michael is the author of more than 25 SAS technical papers, four SAS Press books, and a popular lecturer at SAS Global Forum […]

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Highlights of the SAS Global Forum 2014 conference

After just returning home from the greatest SAS conference on earth, I wanted to share a few highlights from the 2014 SAS Global Forum (SASGF) conference, where more than 4,500 attendees from every corner of the globe took part in a multi-day SAS-fest. For four days, from sun-up to well […]

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Worth a shopping trip!

SAS has launched the first phase of a new shopping experience for SAS users. In phase 1, you can buy books and some software by shopping in our new SAS store. The long-term goal for SAS is to have a single shopping experience for all your SAS shopping needs. Two […]

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Wisconsin Illinois SAS Users Conference: a great learning experience

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the Wisconsin Illinois SAS Users Conference in Des Plaines, IL. The conference included a full day of presentations, followed by 2 days of training. This conference attracted a very lively group of around 150 SAS users from the surrounding area. Presenters included […]

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Headed to SAS Global Forum

It’s that time of year again, where I make my plans to head to SAS Global Forum. This year, the meeting is in San Francisco and, since I love this city, it makes me more excited than ever to meet with SAS friends. This user conference is planned and organized […]

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6 bestselling books at 4 fabulous conferences

Many new books topped the charts at NESUG, SESUG, SCSUG, and Analytics 2012. Did any of your go-to SAS books make the lists? If you’re curious, take a look at our previously featured post What SAS users are reading this fall: early book buzz to view bestselling titles at these […]

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