How to Learn SAS
SAS (Statistical Analysis System) is a software suite developed by the SAS Institute. It began as a statistical analysis application like Stata but over time has developed into a tool used for other business applications, such as advanced analytics, business intelligence, database management (SQL), predictive analytics, and social media analytics. SAS contains several programming languages, has a community of users, and is widely known for its facility with complex data sets.
The SAS Institute also created and manages the JMP computer program, used by many Wharton students. “JMP combines powerful statistics with dynamic graphics, in memory and on the desktop. Its interactive and visual paradigm enables JMP to reveal insights that are impossible to gain from raw tables of numbers or static graphs.”
Where can I find SAS and/or JMP?
Lab computers with SAS, JMP, Stata, SPSS, and R are available at Van Pelt and other libraries, as well as the Undergraduate and Graduate Data Analysis Labs in the McNeil Building. Student, faculty, and staff of the University can buy SAS and JMP at a discount. In the course of working as a research assistant or enrolling in certain classes, a professor may help you obtain SAS or JMP.
How can I learn SAS?
Penn Wharton PPI offers an Introduction to SAS workshop several times a year. Check here to see when the next workshop will be offered.
For other introductions, see:
Get More Out of SAS by Using SQL
You can expand the functionality of SAS by using SQL (Structured Query Language). SQL is a standardized, widely used language that retrieves and updates data in relational tables and databases. The SQL procedure is the Base SAS implementation of SQL. You can use PROC SQL with any SAS data set (table). Often, PROC SQL can be an alternative to other SAS procedures or the DATA step.