The Joy of SAS Enterprise Guide

SAS Enterprise Guide is hard to describe, difficult to pigeonhole, a very powerful tool that is the “Excel” of SAS, and the closest thing there is to an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for SAS.   Since the release of SAS 9, Enterprise Guide is the new face of SAS for general purpose use in a … Read more

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Listen, document, verify, analyze… Repeat!

In my many visits to a wide array of companies, I have noticed a common theme amongst fellow programmers, analysts, and statisticians. After years of lengthy study and practice to become expert at their area, they often express frustration and consternation for those who are less focused on the effective and proper use of data … Read more

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SAS Continues Strong BI Market Growth

SAS is the 2nd largest BI vendor in the world, just behind Business Objects, according to this report posted at It’s interesting to note that Business Objects growth rate slowed by half this past year (down from 14% to 7% growth/year.) SAS’s rate accelerated (up from 13 to 17%) and Microsoft (up from 25 … Read more

Can LE 2.0 or EG 2.1 be used with SAS for Dummies?

Question: from a reader in Sweden   Just saw on Amazon that this new book is available. I know the examples in it are from using Enterprise Guide 4.1, but I have the Learning edition 2.0 which includes Enterprise Guide 2.1. Can I still use the book, or are these versions of Enterprise Guide very … Read more

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SAS for Dummies a new textbook at Duke Med School

SAS for Dummies is being used at Duke University Medical School as  one of two  texts for a course on Introduction to Statistical Methods.   See   The program the book is being used in is described as: “… provides academic training in the quantitative and methodological principles of clinical research. Designed primarily for … Read more

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The Little SAS Book: A Primer

This book is a well written and succinct introduction to SAS programming and basic statistical analysis.   Using just PC SAS  with BASE and  STAT, you can pick up the basics of programming with SAS for data access, data manipulation with the DATA step and functions, basic SAS PROCs, controlling output appearance, leveraging MACRO capabilities … Read more

SAS for Dummies- Overview

Writing this book has been exciting, tiring, fascinating, challenging, and ultimately a very gratifying task. We worked hard to ensure that it provides a very broad but practical look at SAS 9. Here is an outline of the chapters that are planned (pending final reviews, tweaks, and page constraints):     High-Level Table of Contents … Read more

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“SAS for Dummies”- Detailed Table of Contents

Part I: Welcome to SAS!     Chapter 1: Touring the Wonderful World SAS       SAS–Isn’t That for Gurus?       Data, Data Everywhere, Just Not Where I Need It!       Summarizing and Reporting       The Secret Sauce: Analytics       Optimizing the Present Share the power … Read more