How to get started with SAS: Free videos for beginners


On most Mondays I blog about a function, programming technique, or resource that is useful for programmers who are getting started with SAS software. Recently I learned that my colleagues in the SAS education division have been hard at work developing a series of short videos that explain basic tasks to beginners. They have developed more than 20 videos that teach the basics of SAS programming and statistics, in addition to dozens of other videos that describe frequently encountered tasks in SAS Enterprise Guide, Enterprise Miner, and other SAS products.

Topics for beginners include:

  • Creating simple statistical graphs
  • Analyzing frequencies of a categorical variable
  • Analyzing the distribution of a continuous variable
  • Analyzing correlations between variables
  • Fitting simple regression models

Do you know a friend or colleague that is new to using SAS and who learns best by watching videos? Direct them to these free SAS tutorials that teach the basics of SAS programming and analytics.


About Author

Rick Wicklin

Distinguished Researcher in Computational Statistics

Rick Wicklin, PhD, is a distinguished researcher in computational statistics at SAS and is a principal developer of SAS/IML software. His areas of expertise include computational statistics, simulation, statistical graphics, and modern methods in statistical data analysis. Rick is author of the books Statistical Programming with SAS/IML Software and Simulating Data with SAS.


  1. Hello,

    I have done Engineering and M.B.A in Finance, I like to play with numbers... I have a 2 Years of experience in Investment Banking. Now I wants to take SAS Course, Could you please advise me, Which course will be suitable for me.


    • Rick Wicklin

      I would start with the free "SAS Programming 1" e-Course, which describes how to read and manipulate data in SAS. If you are interested in statistics, take the free "Statistics 1" e-Course later.

  2. I want to merge the returns in one file with the returns in another file using the date as the variable for combining. But dates in two files have some differences. So I need to convert them into a new format. I have written the following code. Any one could you pls help me with this code? Its not working.

    data Libname.factors_sorted;
    set Libname.factors_sorted2;

    data Libname.Funds_return_updated2;
    set Libname.Funds_return_updated4;

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