SAS® Essentials: Mastering SAS for Data Analytics, Second Edition is a ground-up introduction to SAS statistical software aimed at students taking an applied statistics course as well as individuals who want to learn SAS for personal use or to supplement preparation for the SAS Base Certification Exam. Most chapters are designed so that the material can be covered in a 1-hour computer lab class. The book is sectioned into two parts. Part 1 (Chapters 1–8) covers the SAS programming language, primarily the DATA step and how to prepare data files for analysis. Part 2 (Chapters 9–19) covers commonly used SAS procedures. Many chapters are stand-alone, and readers can select to cover them in a different order or leave some out entirely. This book uses a hands-on programming approach to teaching and is filled with Hands-on Examples that will help the reader step through the learning process.
It uses the Windows version of SAS 9.4 for examples, although the vast majority of the information is applicable on any SAS platform.
Although there are millions of SAS installations around the world, there is a steep learning curve involved in mastering the program. This book is a straightforward approach developed from more than 20 years of teaching introductory SAS courses and more than 50 combined years of teaching and consulting by the authors.
Data sets and code for all of the examples can be downloaded from a web site described in Chapter 1.