|There are literally hundreds of techniques used on a daily basis by the users of SAS® software as they perform analyses and generate reports. Although often obscure, most of these techniques are relatively easy to learn and generally do not require specialized training before they can be implemented. Unfortunately a majority of these techniques are used by only a very small minority of the analysts and programmers. They are not used more frequently, because a majority of SAS users have simply not been exposed to them. Left to ourselves it is often very difficult to ‘discover’ the intricacies of these techniques and then to sift through them for the nuggets that have immediate value.
This one day course presents a series of those nuggets. It covers a broad range of SAS topics that have proven to be useful to the intermediate and advanced SAS programmer who is involved with the analysis and reporting of data. The intended audience is expected to have a firm grounding in Base SAS. For most of the covered topics, the course will introduce useful techniques and options, but will not ‘teach the procedure’. No matter how experienced we are, no matter how well we know a procedure or a technique, there is still more that we do not yet know.
The course includes options and techniques associated with:
New, powerful, and little used options in MEANS/SUMMARY
Reporting procedures including TABLULATE and REPORT
Understanding more about the REPORT compute block
In the DATA step (functions, options, statements)
Working with data
Taking full advantage of formats
Interfacing with the Macro Language
Output Delivery System, ODS, extras
Operating System Interfaces and how you can take advantage of them
Advanced Table look-up techniques
Importing and exporting data
. . . . much, much more
Students attending this seminar will be exposed to a broad range of techniques, procedures, options, and statements. Throughout the seminar the discussion will include comparisons of coding and operating efficiencies. Even the most advanced students will come away from the training with a broader appreciation for the SAS System, its depth and its flexibility, and the programmer’s ability to tap into those capabilities.