Today SAS joins thousands of others across the globe to celebrate the first World Statistics Day, proclaimed by the United Nations as a way to “help strengthen the awareness and trust of the public in official statistics.”
More than 85 government agencies in nearly 70 different countries around the world currently use SAS software – including 70 national statistics offices. In the U.S. alone, SAS is used by all 50 state governments, plus other governments at the local level.
Our far-reaching presence – coupled with the occasion of World Statistics Day – highlights the importance of the role that statistics can play in government organizations everywhere. Every day SAS helps improve the lives of citizens, whether it’s enhancing a town’s public safety, accurately forecasting a city’s power and water needs, or tackling fraud, waste and abuse across an entire state.
It’s my hope that governments and citizens from all corners of the globe will support World Statistics Day and celebrate the successes experienced when we put statistics into action.