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How do I say . . . ?

by SAS Press Acquisitions Editor Stephenie Joyner

If you’ve ever planned a trip to a foreign country, one of the first things you may do is buy a translation dictionary so that you can learn how to say some of the most useful phrases in the language of the country you will visit. You don’t need to learn the entire language, but being equipped with some new vocabulary and a basic understanding of the sentence structure and grammar in the new language can give you the confidence to navigate in all types of new situations.

The same is true when you want to move from one software package to another&emdash;much of your knowledge will transfer, but you’ll need some new vocabulary and some usage examples to help you make the transition.

With their guide, “Coming to SAS from SPSS: A Programming Approach,” Lora Delwiche and Susan Slaughter are helping users make an easy transition between SPSS and SAS. The authors of The Little SAS Book: A Primer provide “vocabulary” lists that show many of the equivalent terms, SPSS commands, and SAS statements. They also provide examples illustrating how tasks in SPSS can be performed in SAS and how SAS users can use SPSS data in SAS examples.

If you’re an SPSS user, and you’ve been thinking about seeing what things are like in the SAS world, “Coming to SAS from SPSS: A Programming Approach” will be a great guide and traveling companion as you explore new territories. Download it free here. Enjoy the journey!