September 7-9, 2016      
WESTERN USERS OF SAS SOFTWARE                                                                       

This section offers more advanced presentations on a wide variety of topics and products geared for an audience of intermediate and advanced programmers.

SAS defines analytics as “data-driven insight for better decisions.” Popular topics in this section include aspects of data modeling, and forecasting, as well as demonstrations of analytic procedures, such as analysis of variance, Bayesian statisti s, logistic regression, mixed models, factor analysis, and time series analyses. Presentations offered include practical applications and results of statistical methods used to analyze data from a variety of fields.

This section is an extension of the SAS Essentials Workshop for contributed presenters to share their useful techniques. Although geared towards novice users, this material can be of interest to all users.

Presentations in this section explain methods using SAS to handle data too large for traditional proceessing, otherwise known as "big data".

This section covers all aspects of data manipulation. Topics include comparing datasets, transferring data, creating data-driven contnet, and modifying variables.

Popular topics in this section include the use of PROC REPORT, SAS Styles, Templates and ODS, as well as a variety of techniques used to produce SAS results in Microsoft Excel, Powerpoint, and other Office Applications. Topics include graphics, data visualization, publishing, and reporting. Popular topics in this section include the use of SAS/Graph, SAS Styles, Templates and ODS, as well as a variety of techniques used to produce SAS results in Microsoft Excel and other Office Applications.

Data science is regarded as an extension of statistics, data mining, and predictive analytics. This section focuses on how "the Sexiest Job of the 21st Century" is done in SAS.. Areas of interest include text analytics and social media data.

Presenters prepare a digital display that will be available to be viewed by all attendees throughout the conference, rather than conducting a lecture-style presentation. The section often displays high-resolution graphics and/or thought-provoking concepts or ideas that allow some independent study by conference participants.

Presentations are centered around visualizing data, including PROC GPLOT, animated graphs, and other customizations.

Hands-on-Workshops provide attendees ‘hands-on-the-keyboard’ interaction with SAS Software during each presentation. Presenters guide attendees through examples of SAS Software techniques and capabilities while offering the opportunity to ask questions and to learn through practice. All HOW presentations are given by experienced SAS users who are invited to present.

This section has presentations on data integration, analysis, and reporting, yet with industry specific content. Examples of content driven topics are: 

  • Health Outcomes and Healthcare research methods
  • Data Standards and Quality Control for Submission of Clinical Trial data to FDA
  • Banking, Credit Card, Insurance and Risk Management
  • Insurance modeling and analytics

This section helps SAS users understand how to immerse themselves in the rich world of resources that are devoted to achieving high quality SAS education/training, publication, social networking, consulting, certification, technical support, and opportunities for professional affiliation and growth.

This section allows novice SAS users and others to attend a series of presentations that will guide them through the fundamental concepts of the creation of Base SAS DATA step and PROC syntax, followed by two Hands-on Workshops. All SAS Essentials presentations are conducted by experienced SAS users who are invited to present.