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SAS Programming and Data Visualization Techniques: A Power User’s Guide by Philip R. Holland

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CHAPTER 3

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Case: SAS Skills in Epidemiology

In epidemiology, most data sets from SAS and other databases are big, and SAS programmers need particular skills to work with the data. This case illustrates principles that are useful for programmers dealing with large databases in all industries.

SAS programmers in epidemiology departments require very different skills than those working on clinical trials, because of the sheer size, complexity, and irregular nature of the data used. This chapter will investigate the skills required, and suggests that recruiting programmers with skills from outside the pharmaceutical sector may not be such a bad idea. ...

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