Your Lucky Day: Getting to Know the SAS 13.1 Analytics Products

You will never find me walking under a ladder, spilling salt without then throwing a pinch over my shoulder, or letting a penny remain on the sidewalk; I'm incredibly superstitious. In general I consider the number 13 to be unlucky. I'm not quite in triskadekaphobia territory, but I'm not too far afield.

This should help you understand why it's such a big deal that I consider the recent release of the SAS Analytics products (the release is numbered 13.1) to be anything but unlucky. The 13.1 releases of these products are included with the first maintenance release of SAS® 9.4.  With this release, you'll get enhancements in statistics, econometrics, forecasting, quality improvement, optimization, and high-performance analytics.

In short, our developers have been hard at work delivering major improvements to the software you've come to know and love: SAS/STAT®, SAS/OR®, SAS/IML®, and  SAS Enterprise Miner, just to name a few.

As luck would have it, we've updated the support site with key documentation, A-Z Product Pages (SAS/STAT, for example), and the Statistics and Operations Research Focus Area, where the folks on that team have done a terrific job of pulling together a comprehensive overview of the release.  We'd encourage you to bookmark that last page and be sure to read through all the highlights. Once you do, you'll be ready to join me in embracing the number 13. Point 1.

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