Academic Sections

Abstracts and Papers by Academic Section

SAS Essentials

This set of three back-to-back presentations gives a concise, yet thorough, introduction to the basics of SAS programming including DATA steps, PROC steps, and the Output Delivery System with an emphasis is on how SAS thinks.  The goal is to give attendees who are new to SAS a solid introduction.

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Advanced Techniques

Presentations designed for intermediate and advanced SAS programmers, and focusing on specific topics such as automation and efficiency.

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People Keep ASCIIng Me About These Characters
Dan Konkler, Rebecca Bowermaster and Stephanie Sanchez

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Analytics and Statistics

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 statistics, 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.

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Limit of Detection (LoD) Estimation Using Maximum Likelihood from (Hit) Rate Data: The LoD_MLE SAS Macro
Jesse Canchola, Jeffrey E. Vaks and Shaowu Tang

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Applications Development and Open Integration

The use of SAS technologies to build custom applications or solutions, including front-end interfaces. The use of non-SAS languages (for example, Python, R, Lua), Java APIs, REST APIs, and other technologies to drive SAS functionality.

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Using SAS to enhance data sharing across REDCap projects: Reducing errors, streamlining management, and improving quality
Rachel Myers

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Beginner's Techniques

Presentations designed for new SAS programmers and focusing on specific topics such as functions, formats, or combining data sets.

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Like, Learn to Love SAS® Like
Louise Hadden

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Big Data and Data Science

Presentations related to deriving meaning and extracting knowledge and insights from structured and unstructured data.

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TB Fuzzy-Matches Made Easy: Designing shareable SAS code to accurately and efficiently identify exact and close genetic matching tuberculosis isolates
Evan Timme

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Business Analytics

Tips and techniques related to business decision making, forecasting and performance measurement.

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Analyzing factors influencing viewer count of TED Talks through Text Analytics
Yasha Pastaria

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Data Management

Presentations about techniques used to transform data, for example manipulating raw data into a usable form.

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‘Tis better to give than receive: considerations when sharing data
Melissa R. Pfeiffer

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Hands-On-Workshops

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.

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Industry Solutions

Solutions developed by SAS that address specific business challenges such as Pharmaceutical and Life Science Research and Finance.

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Validate the validated: A python script for study leads to review clinical outputs
Varaprasad Ilapogu, Masaki Mihaila and Janet Li

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Professional Development

Presentations and panel discussions by industry veterans focusing on career development and management topics.

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One Boys’ Dream: Hitting a Homerun in the Bottom of the Ninth Inning
Carey Smoak

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Reporting and Data Visualization

Presentations in this area demonstrate the use of SAS tools in data exploration, data visualization, reporting and/or dashboarding.

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Using SAS® Visual Analytics to Effectively Visualize Health Care Data
Scott Leslie and Donavin Drummond

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