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SAS For Dummies by Chris Hemedinger, Stephen McDaniel

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Chapter 7

You Want Fries with That Graph?

In This Chapter

bullet The basics of graphing

bullet Pick from the wide assortment of graphs

bullet How to cook graphs on your own

Using pictures of your data — graphs — to tell a story is the most widely used method in business, science, and education to convey complex information quickly and with a minimum of additional explanation. Like mastery of spatial depth or the human form for a great artist, learning to create graphs that are useful, concise, and tell the story behind the data can be one of the most useful skills you can acquire for your career. The great news is that SAS has virtually the full palette of “colors and hues” in the graph world available to you!

Creating graphs with SAS can be an amazing journey. You can harness large volumes of data and explore their nuances and relationships via the most logical method. Applications like Microsoft Excel or PowerPoint have their advantages, but if you want to explore larger data volumes or use powerful and highly customized graphs, SAS trumps them hands down. After you have a set of graphs that convey the story you want to tell, SAS offers a rich array of options to customize and tweak the graphs for ...

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