Aimed at researchers and students , SAS Programming: The One-Day Course provides an introduction to the SAS programming language. It gives the reader a start in SAS programming and the basic data manipulations and statistical summaries that are available through SAS. The book has its origins in material prepared by the author for a one-day course in SAS programming, and the fact that it has been developed from a training course is reflected in the concise nature of the presentation.
Unlike other introductory competitors on the market, this is a pocket-sized reference that does not clutter the programming techniques presented by trying to teach statistical techniques at the same time. Strong on explanations of how to carry out data manipulations that real-life data often call for, each programming technique is supported by tasks to develop skills and confidence. It also contains "tasks" for the reader, complete with solutions. Datasets and the programming code are available to download from www.crcpress.com/e_products/downloads.
Once readers have mastered the topics covered in the book, they will be well placed to learn further aspects of SAS programming.
Table of Contents
Operating SAS with Microsoft Windows
READING DATA INTO SAS
What Is Plain Text?
Tumour Necrosis Factor (TNF) Data
Giving Labels to Variables
Using Simple Arithmetic to Create a New Variable
Reading Dates and Times
SAVING AND OUTPUT OF SAS DATASETS
Data Manipulation, Permanent Datasets and the SET Statement
Merging and Concatenating in One Program
Further Manipulating of Datasets
Splitting One Row of Data into Several Rows
Combining Several Rows of Data into One Row
PROC TABULATE for Summarising Data
PROC TABULATE for Cross-tabulations
FORMAT AND SAVING OF SAS OUTPUT
Output Delivery System
Saving SAS Output as a SAS Dataset
GRAPHICS IN SAS
Los Angeles Depression Data
Histogram of CESD Score
Bar Chart of Marital Status
Bar Chart of Religion Grouped by Marital Status
Pie Chart of Marital Status
Plot of CESD Score Against Age
AN INTRODUCTION TO MACROS
Example of a Macro to Print Datasets
Example of a Macro to Create and Format a Histogram
Appendix A: Nurses' Glove Use Data
Appendix B: Los Angeles Depression Data
Appendix C: Solution Programs for Tasks
"If you know little about SAS and desire a brief but detailed task-oriented overview of basic SAS commands, this is the book for you…this book is an excellent introduction to SAS. Many new SAS users will appreciate the wealth of SAS program files and data sets. Spencer has clearly documented every one of his programs, it is up to the diligent student to simply follow along."
Journal of Statistical Software, Vol. 11, 2004
"…beginning (and more experienced) users of SAS will still find this book very valuable as the issues it addresses are precisely those likely to be found most difficult with the language…The style of the text is concise but clear; example programs, with accompanying explanations, are included throughout the text and sets of exercises, with full solutions, are provided…it's small size and systematic coverage of the basics make it a useful brief reference book. I shall have it close to hand when using SAS in the future."
Significance, Vol. 1(2)
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