Research involves the collection and analysis of data. The SAS system is a powerful software program designed to give researchers a wide variety of both data management and data analysis capabilities. Although SAS has millions of users worldwide, it is not the simplest program to learn. With that in mind, we've created this book to provide you with a straightforward approach to learning SAS that can help you surmount the learning curve and successfully use SAS for data analysis.
Two main concepts are involved in learning SAS: (1) how to get data into SAS and ready for analysis using the SAS programming language and (2) how to perform the desired data analysis.
- Part 1 (Chapters 2–8) shows how to get data into SAS and prepare it for analysis.
- Part 2 (Chapters 9–19) shows how to use data to perform statistical analyses, create graphs, and produce reports.
This chapter introduces you to the SAS system's use in the Microsoft Windows environment and provides numerous hands-on examples of how to use SAS to analyze data.
1.1 USING SAS IN A WINDOWS ENVIRONMENT
SAS runs on a number of computer platforms (operating systems) including mainframes and personal computers whose operating systems are UNIX, Mac OS X, Linux, or Windows. This book is ...