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Learning SAS by Example by Ron Cody

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Chapter 1. What Is SAS?

1.1

Introduction

3

1.2

Getting Data into SAS

4

1.3

A Sample SAS Program

4

1.4

SAS Names

7

1.5

SAS Data Sets and SAS Data Types

8

1.6

The SAS Display Manager and SAS Enterprise Guide

9

1.7

Problems

9

Introduction

SAS is a collection of modules that are used to process and analyze data. It began in the late ’60s and early ’70s as a statistical package (the name SAS originally stood for Statistical Analysis System). However, unlike many competing statistical packages, SAS is also an extremely powerful, general-purpose programming language. We see SAS as the predominant software in the pharmaceutical industry and most Fortune 500 companies. In recent years, it has been enhanced to provide state-of-the-art data mining tools and programs for Web development ...

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