User group grants and awards: applicants needed!

Really! I did a double-take last week when a conference chair told me that there’s grant money available for students, faculty and SAS junior professionals but few have applied. In one case, there were no applications submitted. We're hoping this is just a temporary glitch, a holdup resulting from too-busy schedules […]

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Best paper winners from MWSUG 2013

Congratulations to Best Paper Winners from MidWest SAS Users Group conference!   You'll want to read these, and check the MWSUG 2013 proceedings for other useful papers from the recent conference.  Start planning now for MWSUG 2014 in Chicago. tags: MWSUG, US Regional Conferences

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Parallel processing in SAS: when and how to use it

Do your SAS programs read extra-large volumes of data? Do they run multiple DATA steps and procedures one after the other for hours at a time? Two papers from MWSUG 2013 show how you can speed up those long-running SAS jobs. Although their approaches and environments differed, both authors made […]

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7 tips for creating cleaner data sets

Although she’s an analyst, Anca Tilea estimates that she spends 80% of her time cleaning data. Tilea and co-author Deanna Chyn shared seven of their favorite methods for checking, cleaning and restructuring data. Attendees at MWSUG 2013 got a bonus tip:  Ask SAS peers in one of the SAS Support […]

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SAS Regional Users Groups--a note of thanks

I’m here at MWSUG 2013 soaking up the regional experience. After spending a couple of days in Columbus, I’m seeing first-hand how much users care about working with SAS software and about being part of the SAS community. It’s been a great conference so far—-presentations are packed! Walking through the […]

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5 Reasons to attend MWSUG

With registration for the Midwest SAS Users Group well underway, I reached out to conference chair George Hurley to get the scoop on what makes MWSUG a can’t-miss event for SAS users. As a veteran MWSUG attendee, he’s an absolute expert in what makes it such a rewarding opportunity for […]

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First-time presenter? MWSUG Mentoring Program can help!

The MidWest SAS Users Group (MWSUG) 2013 call for papers closes on June 15. If you’ve submitted a paper or have been thinking about it, why not sign up for the MWSUG Presenter Mentoring Program? Students, first-time paper or poster presenters or anyone who wants guidance with abstract submission, paper […]

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MWSUG 2012 Best Contributed Papers!

Congratulations to all of these winners in the MWSUG Best Contibuted Papers! I hope you have all submitted your papers to the 2013 SAS Global Forum. The deadline for submissions ends soon! Here's a list that I know you have all been waiting for: tags: Best Contributed Papers, MWSUG, papers […]

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Friday's Innovation Inspiration - The big C PROCs: CONTENTS AND COMPARE

I chose this Post-It note this week because it reminded me of a MWSUG paper presentation that I listened to and wrote about. Patricia Hettinger presented "New vs. Old - Under the Hood with PROCs CONTENTS and COMPARE" in the Data Management and Data Mining section. I didn't do it justice in my […]

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Parsing useful data out of unusual formats

If you remember Andy Kuligowski for nothing else, you probably remember that he was the SAS Global Forum conference chair for 2012. I remember that he has a wonderful sense of humor, which he used more than once during his Hands on Workshop at the MidWest SAS Users Group conference […]

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