SAS GURU is still available


My new license plate arrived the other day, embossed with my personalized tag of "SASDUMMY". I used the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles web site to help select the plate and verify that this tag was available. Apparently there aren't many self-deprecating SAS programmers roaming around I-40.

If you live in North Carolina, you'll be happy to know that there are plenty of other SAS-related inscriptions still up for grabs. These include (but are not limited to) "SASXPERT", "SASDUDE", "DATASTEP", and even the mythological "SAS GOD". (Note: "SAS JEDI" is taken -- I followed his car into the office this morning.)

I do write lots of SAS programs, but my main job here at SAS is as a Windows programmer; my group creates applications that make SAS easier (and more fun!) to use. Given my role, I would not presume to advertise myself on the highways as a "SAS GURU". But then again, I wouldn't demote myself to "SASIDIOT" either (a tag that is also still available -- imagine that).

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Chris Hemedinger

Director, SAS User Engagement

+Chris Hemedinger is the Director of SAS User Engagement, which includes our SAS Communities and SAS User Groups. Since 1993, Chris has worked for SAS as an author, a software developer, an R&D manager and a consultant. Inexplicably, Chris is still coasting on the limited fame he earned as an author of SAS For Dummies


  1. Hi,
    I came across a website and saw your SASDUMMY license plate. I love it! I collect license plates and would love to add it to my collection. If you aren't still using it and would want to, would you be willing to sell it to me? I pay a lot for vanity plates. But either way, very cool plate.

    Take care,

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  3. I am stuck at a point in my project where they have given me ratios of female vs male and has asked me to find out the female_proportion and the male_proportion. I dont know how to break 23:67 ratio into 0.23 and 0.67 as the respective proportions. Can u please help?

    • Chris Hemedinger
      Chris Hemedinger on

      Thank you for asking a mathematics question that I understand. To calculate a ratio, you start with the total number (23 + 67) and divide it into each segment. For example, the proportion of females is 23 / (23+67), or 23/90, or 0.25555. Male proportion is 67 / (23+67), or 67/90, or 0.74444. Add the two together and account for a small rounding difference, and the total approaches 1.0. In SAS code, the formula for female_proportion would look like:
      female_proportion = female_count / (female_count+male_count);

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