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Looking forward to your discussion. Charlie Shipp 00:08, 19 April 2009 (UTC)

It's been an interesting week of editing--I tied with Cameron (7da) and this edit put me ahead, for a day.

Please do review and comment on items listed on the CAB wiki announcement page; join us, Charlie Shipp (talk) 18:23, 26 May 2014 (CDT)


Great notes, Charlie! --Otterm1 18:59, 26 April 2012 (EDT) -- [{(Mary Rosenbloom)}]


I'm leaving some space here at the top of TALK/discussion to put notes from SGF'2012 Orlando FL.

The following two (2) note sections are copied into '2012 SGF' notes-pages found under the USER GROUP category:
http://www.sascommunity.org/wiki/Category:User_Groups
You will also find these notes in the Category:SAS_Global_Forum_2012. Your review is valuable.

Contents

Notes on the 2012 'Meet-up' OF SAS-L and sasComunity.org

SAS-L meets up with sasCommunity.org ... {[(Meetup Agenda)]}

• Call to order • SAS-L statistics • sasCommunity.org presentation • SAS Discussion Forums presentation • SASProfessionals.net (England) presentation • SASCanada presentation • Community presentation • State of SAS-L • Possibilities for synergy? • SAS-L Awards • Introduction / Other

Welcome, Introductions, Agenda presented by Mike Rhodes We will cover (1) Discussion; (2) Professional; (3) Community.
I.e., Discussion between SAS users (Q/A); Professional connections; and structure for a Community of information and mutual support.

SAS-L statistics [(with humor and fun)] 26th year for SAS-L see the presentation for statistics, such as 380,000 posts from 5,000 people addresses (approx.).

Enhanced tools like twitter, etc, have not been used, ...and proud of it.

First post was a survey 25 years ago, November 1986. Most posts for 1987 was Nelson Pardee 60 and now 2010 Art Tabachneck 1,080. David Cassell hit a high with 2,526 in 2006. Other notables included Ian Whitlock, Paul Dorfman, Peter Crawford, Ron Fehd, Howard Schreier, Toby Dunn, and many others.

More details are online, listed below.

“Friday Humor”, “List of retired SAS procedures” and “Chance to Make SAS-L History” are among the most popular topics.

QUESTION: How popular are the archived SAS-L posts?

Announcement: ‘Community’ is a popular topic. Regionals such as WUSS (Western Regional, in Long Beach CA) can use some SAS-L papers.

Pete Lund won the 2012 SAS customer feedback award and is a SAS-L participant. Phil Miller and Sally Muller also won the SAS customer feedback award.

State of SAS-L at University of Georgia presented by Joe Kelley Support for SAS-L has an RSS feed that should be automated, among other things. Joe Kelley recently joined the University of Georgia systems group and intends not to run all of the List Serve names personally, [but will see it be successful.] Joe addressed the Ron Fehd subject of avoiding problems by not allowing attachments. Joe Kelley reports that SAS-L has been a private list for a decade such that you need to subscribe to participate.

Chris Battiston is live-blogging to send to SAS Global Forum:

sasCommunity.org “year in review” presented by Don Henderson It is WikiPedia for SAS Users, and by users.

Don showed the main page, including Tip-of-the-Day. (We always need more good tips.) There have been MediaWiki upgrades, and add-ons. ‘Watch-a-page’ is a neat feature that more sasCommunity.org users should use.

6,000 users; 3,000 pages with content; 1,788 uploaded files 4.44 edits per page; 4,000,000 views. Tip of the day is reviewed to improve. Feel free to correct and update the article pages.

Top 50 contributors were shown, starting with ‘Gurus’ followed by rookies.

Rich LaValley led a team to scan, OCR and add all papers from SUGI, SGF, and Regionals, more adding. They are available on sasCommunity.org <applause>

SAS Discussion Forum 2011 presented by Art Carpenter 22,000 posts in 4,700 threads, by 12,800 users. Graphics included line charts, pie charts and horizontal histograms. were used to show segments of growth. Top ten with points: Cynthia Zender and Art Tabachneck in 2011.

Some people are participating in both Forum and SAS-L. Procedures; Macro, Datastep & Language; ODS and base reporting; Enterprise Guide’ JMP; Statistical Procs; etc.

Views are about the same, with Web reporting just under JMP. One most-viewed thread is “How to” using Enterprise Guide.

QUESTION: Did something change in the software to reflect back the notes sent?
ANS: We are in the 3rd version of software supporting Forums. Renee Harper is in the audience, in charge of Forums. With questions or requests, send also background information.

QUESTION: Compare and contrast the three community sites?
ANS: Art Carpenter gave some history: they are both good at getting answers, but easier to track a thread and track answers on Forum. New users are more likely to use the interface of Forums. The Wiki would be more prone to contain the summary end result of discussion.

Good volunteers could search the threads for best information to create articles of sasCommunity.org which is our direction.

SAS Professionals online Group in England, presented by Philip Male, England Marketing Dpt {Video, including the Beatles} Social Network “www.SASProfessionals.net” started in 2008. In 2012 there are 6,700 professionals. The website included features such as discussion groups, newsletters and webinars. Philip.Male@suk.sas.com

SAS Canada Community, presented by Matt Malczewski Started a decade ago, with 3,000 users each year. Meetings are twice a year and so the online community is valuable. [baby picture] with room for growth. Stats shown. Matt Malczewski is #1, Chris Battiston #2, and Art Tabachneck is #3. Keep the fun happening. Matt.Malczewski@SAS.com

Annual SAS-L Awards (including SAS-L Hall of Fame) Members of SAS-L voted, starting with Ian Whitlock in 2000. John King is “data_null_” with Art Tabachneck and Paul Hamilton for 2011.

Rookie of the Year: is Rick Wicklin from SAS. (Acceptance comment: “Heartwarming, . . . Thank You.” Most Valuable SAS-Ler.

New separate award: Nomination Commenter of the Year: Art Tabachneck

Nat Wooding! Wins the Most Valuable SAS-Ler, 2012. [Thanks, photo-op]

“The Hat” looks like Harry Potter sorting hat, tall and black. $50 which was won by Chris Battiston, plus contributions totaling $101 for SGF children’s book drive.

Look for Ron Fehd macro on sasCommunity called AutoMagic.

Send insights to Darth.Pathos@gMail.com Art Tabachneck will send Chris Battiston the link to the SAS-L stats and fabulous visual social media, so to speak, including the statistical (or not) graphics. Charlie Shipp or Don Henderson could create a sasCommunity.org page which might be edited by the best.

Read more notes, by Waynette Tubbs of SAS Institute at http://blogs.sas.com/content/sgf/2012/04/25/congratulations-sas-l-award-winners/

Also CF: http://www.sasCommunity.org/wiki/SAS_Global_Forum
CF: http://www.sasCommunity.org/wiki/SAS_Global_Forum_Proceedings

SAS Global Forum 2012 Keynote from John Sall

“Why SAS is an Institute”

Senior VP John Sall has never had a promotion from SAS Institute. Honorary doctorate from North Carolina State. Majored in History.

Take a look at the ‘garage era’ of SAS. Creation of Earth; Pyramid era; NC State. Gertrude Cox founded the first statistics dpt at North Carolina State University; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, [“UNC” Tarheels]; and Triangle Pk.

Showed photos from the past, including old ‘calculators’, the pioneers. Analyzing data was the driving force. [Picture], NCSU Cox Hall and J.H. Goodnight, 1960. Dr ‘G’ taught linear models as part of the university. “We were academics and were expected to write journal articles.”

Moved across the street July 1, 1776 to sell SAS with a new manual, [picture]. Could only afford but the building in back, “SAS Institute, Inc” was on the door. There were four founders, six people, and we didn’t think anybody would buy from such a small team, hence the name. Now, ‘institute’ in the title makes us look little.

[Picture of our leader, Jim Goodnight] a ‘clean-desk’ type of a guy. He was the best at our marketing. Jim Bar, myself, and Jane Helwig also marketed, (She also wrote the small beginner’s guide). We each had a region for marketing. [More pictures.] Ann Baggett used her maiden name. Bill Gjertzen was the first new hire. Pictures of others hired in. We grew to 651 people.

SAS User Group, International [SUGI] conferences began. George Miller wrote a SUGI paper, “Miss America in Review”, which was reported for their first New York Times mention. Needed to move to a large professional building, then into Europe, expanding — England, Brussels, and great buildings all over Europe.

At SAS Institute, built more buildings, A, B, C, and L; now rebuilt. Some have functional names to not run out of the alphabet.

More PR, publicity, and media coverage: “What, Me worry about Business Intelligence?” Risk taking was also reported.

Soon voted in to be the best place to work. At the top for two years. [See the comment of Dr Goodnight

Technical Curiosities: SAS was originally half-written in assembler, on punch cards. Proc FORMAT wrote out binary load modules. Proc BMDP got data back from SAS data (but was not very portable). MVS was first and CMS was simulated.

SAS was rewritten completely, twice. Assembly, etc => PL/1 => C.

Graph and FSP were add-on products.

People Ironies: Tony Barr wrote Proc ANOVA, (the computer science developer).

Current Ironies: competitors were focused on data, SAS winning; now, the big companies are the same but focusing on business analytics and evidence-based management. Used to regret ‘S’ to embrace it. Cannot abbreviate.

Current leading technologies now include:

  • Big DATA
  • In Memory
  • Massive Parallel
  • Visual Analytics

Worked also on JMP on these areas but not for the enterprise.

United Nations declares 2013 as the year of Statistics.

Invited to JMP booth. "I love statistics" pins personally from John Sall...[Thanks!]
ED: Be sure to follow http://JMP.com and connect with http://blogs.sas.com/content/jmp/

Papers and Presentations page for 2014

I have added two papers to your Papers and Presentations page by adding the coresponding category to the wiki articles about those papers. See my comment on the talk page about how to do this. - Cameron (talk) 19:50, 27 May 2014 (CDT)

Thanks! You're the best; will you be at PharmaSUG next week? Charlie Shipp (talk) 20:35, 27 May 2014 (CDT)
No. My New Zealand employer is in a different industry. - Cameron (talk) 20:45, 27 May 2014 (CDT)
I'll put up some of my NOTES (into sasCommunity.org) that may be of general interest. Charlie Shipp (talk) 20:50, 27 May 2014 (CDT)

I'll do the same here for SGF 2015, including the SAS-L Link up. -- Charlie Shipp (talk) 16:04, 30 April 2015 (CDT)

Online SAS Users Communities (Linkup at SGF 2015)

Online SAS Users Communities (Community Linkup) 7pm. 4-28-2015

Peter Flom welcomed us (after the 6:30pm buffet) and explained the agenda.

Linkup Agenda: Call to Order; Self-Introductions, starting with Joe Matise, Don Henderson, Art Carpenter, Lainie Hoverstad, Anne Brown, and other notables; about 60 are attending. The communities listed on the screen are:

  • sasCommunity.org,
  • SAS Support Communities,
  • SAS Professionals.net,
  • SAS Professional Forum,
  • SAS Canada Community,
  • SAS-L (presenting statistics, awards, and state of SAS-L).

Peter then introduced Art Carpenter to present sasCommunity.org

Hosted and managed by 3rd party. We’ve grown quite a bit and volunteering is encouraged. For 2014 there were 447,459 visits, averaging 37K visits per month. There are 289,700 unique visitors, and over 715,000 pages. Top 10 viewed content pages were shown, led by ‘How To Do Things’ items. We have 8,300 confirmed users (see slides for more stats.) It is collaborative and thus unique to the SAS communities.

As for what’s New: new ‘points awarded’ algorithm including who is starting new pages. The main page of the site has the leading contributors. User ‘Cameron’ from NZ has done a lot of ‘gardening’ and wins the 2015 Green Thumb award. Twenty others were on the list.

Chris Hemedinger presented SAS Support Communities (Communities.SAS.com). Very popular areas are topic and product related. New team includes Anna Brown (Visual Analytics) Beverly Brown (New learners), and Shelley Sessoms (SAS Administrators). You can interact with each other and also with SAS employees who create the software. Programming communities have the most traffic. This is the one community run by SAS Institute. Welcomed are questions about how to do things better. A chance to respond and take back to developers is valued. There were over 10,000 discussion threads started in the past 12 months, over 50,000 pages, with over 2 million page views, all on the rise with 4,000 ‘posters’. Google is ranking it high when people are searching.

92% receive a response within one day. About one third are within one hour. What’s new and next? An improved communities platform; more articles based on your questions; more SAS-insider info. {Add two more aspects here.}

The UK communities group was reviewed with some slides/graphics. You can take a SAS class, you are put into the community and made to feel welcome.

Phil Holland spoke about the SAS Professionals (group) and told of the history and the rules. Those posting non-SAS posts are thrown out. Strong rules are rigorously enforced and the numbers coming in spiked up two years ago. There is a first and second warning, then removed on the third spam post. Posting non-SAS is terminal with no warning. “The site is clean from spam.”

There are 280 people in Google+ and over 28,000 on LinkedIn (10% are recruiters). SAS Professional group had a ‘jobs area’ and separately ‘tech discussions’ in SAS Professional Forums.

Lainie Hoverstad brought up a slide and refreshed the chat session so that Don Henderson could conduct a Dutch auction (top N bids win, where N=number of identical items in a single bid.) All the money goes to the SGF Children’s Book Drive. You can also bid by chat. Trisha Aanderud and Ted Kirby were bidding up to $300 for the Proceedings complete collection, with Ted winning at $350. {$620 for Book Drive and you can add later.}

Peter Flom then announced the 2014 SAS-L award winners. He started by showing the members who have already been inducted into the SAS-L Hall of Fame. (See inductees and other award winners online.)

Rookie of the Year “sasLroy” is Zach Finstein. See the web for complete list of winners. MVS winner is Søren Lassen.

Joe Matise presented the SAS-L statistics that he and Art Tabachneck had compiled. To date there have been almost 400,000 posts on SAS-L since its inception. Over the years there have been 481 really active folks, with 5,021 addresses mapped to names. In 2014, Joe Matise was #1 with 714 posts; Robert DeAngelis at 355; and John ‘Data _Null_” King at third. All-time leaders (total posts) since 1996, were shown. Other slides were entertaining and interesting, including most popular topics. “Hash Object vs SQL join” is number three, and SAS University Edition is seventh. Mary Rosenbloom is second highest in rising over previous year. Rick Wiklin posts on IML.

Joe Kelley spoke to us and those on Chat:: History: Listserv 1.8c moved to 1.8d in an exciting era. All headers with ‘out of office’ are dropped. Last Wednesday night, there was nothing wrong with the LISTSERVer. Thursday morning the server was OK but no mail was coming through. It was traced back to Microsoft Bing bots, and now Google will not find except SAS-L posts in the archives. Some U.Georgia info is more confidential. You can go directly in to search. There were pleasant conversations with Microsoft over their bots. Via Chat, Art T suggested a one-directional ‘mirror’ could be set up for the Usenet newsgroup, comp.soft-sys.sas, such that the Usenet would received all SAS-L posts, but SAS-L would not receive the Usenet posts. Doing so would allow SAS-L posts to be web searchable, as well as expand readership with little effort or intervention.

Canada will go first next year; “Things are good in Canada – strong participation, new content coming all the time… looking forward to an exciting year!” The direction of more collaboration is also great.

ED: My plans are to put these notes up for display, review, editing, and visibility.

-- Charlie Shipp (talk) 16:24, 30 April 2015 (CDT)

SGF 2015 Reflections

General Reflections on the annual conference (SGF 2015 in Dallas)

  • Opening Session and entertainment, Sunday evening
  • {Keynotes, including Marcus Luttrell, Jake Porway, and Jeff Ma}
  • John Sall (processing messy and wide data)
  • Don Henderson and Paul Dorfman on Hash processing
  • Phil Holland, comparing Enterprise Guide and Studio
  • List of the SAS Institute papers on Studio and sasUed.
  • Amy Peters on SAS University Edition, introducing Visual Programming
  • Christie Cochran on creating sasUed Tasks
  • Modern Dashboards, by Kirk Paul Lafler
  • Peter Crawford on Hidden Ideas in Base SAS
  • Teaching concepts and SAS to kids and college engineering students and profs by AnnMaria De Mars !
  • Kirk Paul Lafler’s class on Enterprise Guide, ODS, and SAS Reporting

Opening Session and entertainment, Sunday evening

Dr Goodnight was on stage first and demo segments were impressive.

{Keynotes, including Marcus Luttrell, Jake Porway, Alan Schwarz, and Jeff Ma}

Motivational speakers gave us fantastic stories and made points about SAS programmer success.

Opening and keynotes were like the Sistine Chapel—only official postcards are allowed—you would have had to be there personally to appreciate. Hence, I’ll review only the technical information. Do a Google-search for each to read about the keynote speakers.

Dr John Sall on processing messy and/or wide data

John Sall - Executive Vice President, SAS
SAS2082 – Analyzing Messy and Wide Data on a Desktop
“Data comes from a rich variety of sources in a rich variety of types, shapes, sizes, and properties. The analysis can be challenged by data that is too tall or too wide; too full of miscodings, outliers, or holes; or that contains funny data types. Wide data, in particular, has many challenges, requiring the analysis to adapt with different methods. Making covariance matrices with 2.5 billion elements is just not practical. JMP® 12 will address these challenges.”
http://support.sas.com/resources/papers/proceedings15/SAS2082-2015.pdf
My humble notes:
Work flow is basic, (now with JMP Ver.12) including wide and messy data.

Topic 1: Wide Data “For Big-Data Scientist, ‘Janitor Work” is Key hurdle to insights. NYTimes. Handling data: People are not consistent and careful entering their data, (wrong category). Now, similar values have possible automated groupings (based on fewest changes to conform.)

Another example: data from hospitals in Africa. (Click on ‘Recode’ and double-click)

That’s categories; what about continuous variables (to catch outliers which you want to keep.) With manufacturing instrumentation, there may be malfunctioning of measuring instruments. Demo: looking with ‘outliers’ two are univariate, two are multivariate. (Looks for 10% tail and anything out from three interquantile measures, and are coded -999.] You can select all the rows or columns with those cells noted.

Another manufacturing example: You can restrict the search to integers (and other filtering). Having the utility helps clean the messy data.

Next shown is the multivariate distribution, including covering continuous data; then data w/holes. Example is mortgage crisis, where you don’t want to throw out missing data. (Interactive demonstration of “Explore Missing Values” using color-coding. (This is under ‘missing analysis’.)

Topic 2. Handling wide multivariate problems. You may have genomics, etc. In JMP 11, there was response screening, done one at a time over wide data; now want to do multivariate. Uses missing values and clustering also.

Problem: You usually stat with a covariance matrix, (which becomes too big.) One genomics study has 10.787 gene expressions with 400 patients. Time and computing costs become prohibitive.

SVD: Singular Value Decomposition: (rotating twice) yielding principle components and eigenvalues and eigenvectors. It captures 99.91% of the observations. Use as predictors. Shrink trough dimensional-reduction.

Mahalanobis distance (Linear Discriminant calculates for each point.) Estrogen, Progesterone, Combination. (Stepped through clicking in JMP to do the SVD, taking a few seconds.) A cross-validation column is added, and then the graphic is up within seven seconds. It ties with hours of ridge regression, and the same level of success with miss-classification. The reduction formulas work very fast, and are sorted into proper order by JMP.

For Wide Discriminant, the Mahalanobis Distance to the key centroid is way too hard to calculate.

Topic 1 again (Imputation) Each pattern of missing data can use pairwise covariance if not too big. Golub and Kahan QR method (usual method) but the older Power method can be used one variable at a time, not for singular values that are close. But for approximation it is good to start calculation processes. Even with missing values.

Topic: Multivariate Normal Imputation Uses SVD method in 3d extracting one at a time, coving 80%. You could look for better techniques since this technique is sometimes unstable, but other techniques may take days and this takes minutes. See the brochure at the booth.

  • Q: Was it all in regular JMP? Yes. Clustering has been in for a few years;
  • Q: Demo available: Yes, test period.


Paul Dorfman and Don Henderson, on advanced Hash processes

Paper 2000 - Data Aggregation Using the SAS® Hash Object
“Soon after the advent of the SAS® hash object in SAS® 9.0, its early adopters realized that the potential functionality of the new structure is much broader than basic 0(1)-time lookup and file matching. Specifically, they went on to invent methods of data aggregation based on the ability of the hash object to quickly store and update key summary information. They also demonstrated that the DATA step aggregation using the hash object offered significantly lower run time and memory utilization compared to the SUMMARY/MEANS or SQL procedures, coupled with the possibility of eliminating the need to write the aggregation results to interim data files and the programming flexibility that allowed them to combine sophisticated data manipulation and adjustments of the aggregates within a single step. Such developments within the SAS user community did not go unnoticed by SAS R&D, and for SAS® 9.2 the hash object had been enriched with tag parameters and methods specifically designed to handle aggregation without the need to write the summarized data to the PDV host variable and update the hash table with new key summaries, thus further improving run-time performance. As more SAS programmers applied these methods in their real-world practice, they developed aggregation techniques fit to various programmatic scenarios and ideas for handling the hash object memory limitations in situations calling for truly enormous hash tables. This paper presents a review of the DATA step aggregation methods and techniques using the hash object. The presentation is intended for all situations in which the final SAS code is either a straight Base SAS DATA step or a DATA step generated by any other SAS product.”
http://support.sas.com/resources/papers/proceedings15/2000-2015.pdf
http://www.sascommunity.org/wiki/Data_Aggregation_Using_the_SAS_Hash_Object
My humble notes:
See the paper: “Aggregation at a Glance" Detail (input) Data to Aggregated Data (100B rows). Two principle methods of Aggregation: Sort-control-break; or Table Look-Up. Create hash tables in the data step, You can use Proc SQL. The speed of the 0(1) not F(size) The idea of the DOW loop is that you do your own looping. Hash approach (Sort-Control-Break) vs (Table Look-Up (Hash-Based) {coding shown for each} Sort-C-B: Pros: Easy to do; Con: Levels of aggrevation; Table Look-up: Pros: No need to sort; low disk footprint; reduced I/O; Given enough RAM, single-pass. Table Look-up Cons: The cons are the same as the PROs.

Why Hash Techniques: Aggregation in the Real World. Suppose you have multiple variables. Take advantage of the basic SAS advantages: create a separate variable to reshape the data. Changed the VARIABLE and VALUE locations in the code.

Why the Hash Object? Very quick. 0(1) tome -- performance does not depend on the number of hash entries. The hash iter … (Cont) The hash object being part of the DATA step lends itself to a good deal of programming flexibility.

Another example: non-hierarchical roll-up Traditional? You could walk home to China before it would complete. The next challenge: IT giving Bus.Dpt the memory they would need. (See code at sasCommunity.org) MD5 function is a hash itself (non-reversable) to a 16-byte signature. See the paper for detail code. Next idea: unique data to divide? Use macro-code (on the last consumer key to divide, WHERE cause.) Looked for powers of two to divide when uniformally distributed.

Memory Management These techniques depend on processing subsets of the data and clearing the hash tables. There is a tradeoff when memory is limited; reading with a Where clause.

Conclusion The SAS hash object is powerful, quick, and flexible in-memory talbe look-up tool. It lends itself to data aggregation in situations where other tools in the SAS arsenal mauy be inefficient and/or incapable of doing the job. In particular, it’s true with massive unordered input data and high carinality of grouping keys. That said, if a decision is made to employ the hash object for data aggregation, learning how to manage the hash object’s memory usage is a must. An updated version is at sasCommunity.org

http://www.sasCommunityl.org/wiki/Data_Aggregation_Using_the-SAS-Hash-Object

  • Q: Parallel? Yes, would compete for memory.
  • Q: Performance comparison? WHERE is better when sorting is needed. Simple never finished.

Introduced partitioning cut to hours not days.

  • Q: Is total cache time linear? Looping through the ten were comparatable.
  • Q: How do you see a uniform distribution?
  • Q: Determine the size that will be needed?
  • Brief Ans: Bytes, secondary tables, key lengths x combination, And on 64-bit systems will allocate 64-bytes even if not all are needed.

CLOSE of the paper; Quadruple negative(s) says Don of Paul, joking. You had to be there.


Phil Holland, comparing Enterprise Guide and Studio

Paper 2683 — SAS® Enterprise Guide or SAS® Studio: Which is Best for You?
SAS® Studio (previous known as SAS Web Editor) was introduced in SAS 9.4 M1 as an alternative programming environment to Enterprise Guide (EG) and interactive SAS (DMS). SAS Studio is different in many ways to EG and DMS. As a programmer I currently use EG to help me code, test, maintain and organize my SAS programs. I have interactive SAS installed on my PC, but I still prefer to write my programs in EG, because I know it will save my log and output whenever I run a program, even if that program crashes and takes the SAS session with it! So should I now be using SAS Studio instead, and should you be using it too?
http://support.sas.com/resources/papers/proceedings15/2683-2015.pdf
My humble notes:
Both are relatively new. History of interactive programming. SAS 9.4 has SAS Studio and for a single user there is SAS University Edition. (1) Windows SAS for {Academic, intermediate, novice} EG keeps your work and helps direct your development. Window users can use SAS Studio. “SAS-U” [can stand for SAS University Edition] Try a Mac OS-tablet, with a browser On Linux you may find that EG spreads all over the screen. With SAS On Demand, you don’t need to install anything, as it runs via a web URL. Start Studio Ver.9.4 using Help Baseball {data, roles, and class} // Explore // Same in EG. The two are very different, with Studio looking similar to SAS coding and EG with drat-and-drop. ODS graphics is used in Studio, and there is (1) Single User, and (2) Enterprise Version. If you are a Novice, you are looking to learn more. Code is generated w/clicks, save the snippets. The views have links to documentation! (?Q?) :: Can you move the tasks out? 1.cpy / 2. Mve. SAS Studio has a ‘task’ for interface developers. It is free at the single-user beginning level. NOTE: *.cpf files in SAS Studio 3.3

  [ Flow ]     [ Results ]     [ Properties ]     “The End”   Thanks!   Applause.


List of the SAS Institute papers on Studio and sasUed.

Paper SAS1757 — SAS® University Edition—Connecting SAS® Software in New Ways to Build the Next Generation of SAS Users (by Polly Mitchell-Guthrie and Amy Peters) http://support.sas.com/resources/papers/proceedings15/SAS1757-2015.pdf

Paper SAS1831 — Teach Them to Fish—How to Use Tasks in SAS® Studio to Enable CoWorkers to Run Your Reports Themselves (by Christie Corcoran and Amy Peters) http://support.sas.com/resources/papers/proceedings15/SAS1831-2015.pdf

Paper SAS1832 — What’s New in SAS® Studio? (by Mike Porter, Amy Peters, and Michael Monaco) http://support.sas.com/resources/papers/proceedings15/SAS1832-2015.pdf

Paper SAS4080 — SAS® Workshop: Statistical Analysis with SAS® University Edition and SAS® Studio (by Danny Modlin)

Paper SASsd4440 — Teaching SAS Programming with the SAS University Edition (by Sharad Prabhu)

Paper SASsd4483 — SAS Studio — Introducing the Visual Programming (by Michael Manaco and Amy Peters)

Paper SASsd4484 — SAS Studio—Writing Custom Tasks (by Amy Peters and Michael Manaco)

Paper SASsd4488 — What’s new in SAS Studio 3.3 (by Michael Manaco and Amy Peters)

https://sasglobalforum.activeevents.com/2015/connect/search.ww ([Use this site to search)]


Amy Peters on SAS University Edition, introducing Visual Programming

Prolific Amy Peters introduces ‘Visual Programming’ [the easy half of SAS Studio programming]
Paper SASsd4483 — SAS Studio — Introducing the Visual Programming Perspective
Because SAS Studio can be used by a variety of people and groups within an organization, you can choose to view a specific subset of features, or perspective, that meets your needs best. Perspectives are sets of functionality that are customized to meet the needs of different types of users. SAS Studio 3.3 includes two perspectives: the SAS Programmer perspective and the Visual Programmer perspective. The SAS Programmer perspective is for users who intend to use SAS Studio mainly for writing and editing SAS programs. The new Visual Programmer perspective is designed for users who want to work with process flows. You can use process flows in the Visual Programmer perspective to combine individual processes into one repeatable process flow that you can save, reuse, and share with other users.
https://sasglobalforum.activeevents.com/2015/connect/sessionDetail.ww?SESSION_ID=4483
My humble notes:
This presentation was excellent, impressive, and very important. {[( I have more to add here, soon! )]}
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Christie Cochran on creating sasUed Tasks

Paper SAS1831 — Teach Them to Fish—How to Use Tasks in SAS® Studio to Enable CoWorkers to Run Your Reports Themselves (by Christie Corcoran and Amy Peters)
How many times has this happened to you? You create a really helpful report and share it with others. It becomes popular and you find yourself running it over and over. Then they start asking, “But cannot you re-run it and just change ___?” (Fill in the blank with whatever “simple” request you can think of.) Don’t you want to just put the report out as a web page with some basic parameters that users can choose themselves and run when they want? Consider writing your own task in SAS® Studio! SAS Studio includes several predefined tasks, which are point-and-click user interfaces that guide the user through an analytical process. For example, tasks enable users to create a bar chart, run a correlation analysis, or rank data. When a user selects a task option, SAS® code is generated and run on the SAS server. Because of the flexibility of the task framework, you can make a copy of a predefined task and modify it or create your own. Tasks use the same common task model and the Velocity Template Language—no Java programming or ActionScript programming is required. Once you have the interface set up to generate the SAS code you need, you can publish the task for other SAS Studio users to use. Now that others can generate the output themselves, you actually might have time to go fishing!
http://support.sas.com/resources/papers/proceedings15/SAS1831-2015.pdf
My humble notes:
New web interface into the SAS system, compliments EG. “We are not statisticians.” We are responsible for domain experts. We have a unique way of writing in the Common Task Model (CTM).

Brief story: Part of University Edition, ((for students, professors, and anyone commercial-free). Dr Goodnight had some tasks to add. This is the journey to get them written into SAS Studio.

Demo: 1920 x 1080. “Welcome to SAS Studio” Click on ‘new task icon’ Generate a new task; then “RUN”. Proc Print data= ….cars;

Appache, Velocity, gives the scripting language. (Simple version 1) (Version 2 adds controls for number of objects and number of insets.)

Define a container as an object tab. The window lines for the ‘number stuffers’ appear but are not connected.

  So %let n=$nObject;  and %let k=$nInSet;    <Message>  (is for commenting)

The red asterisk tells the user the field is required.

Learn more about the CTM Next to ‘My Options’ is ‘Resources’ and click on ‘+’ to see more so that you can browse around to learn.

You can see favorite tasks but not change them. You can bring them in and use ‘edit’ to browse and learn.

  • Q: When you bring it in, it is your own copy.
  • Q: Binary Logistic Regression shows the hiding of controls.

Are tasks transferable? In next release-iteration (If I heard right) w/ EG you can run your custom tasks.


Kirk Paul Lafler on modern dashboards

Paper 3487 — Dynamic Dashboards Using SAS®
Dynamic interactive visual displays known as dashboards are most effective when they show essential graphs, tables, statistics, and other information where data is the star. The first rule for creating an effective dashboard is to keep it simple. Striking a balance between content and style, a dashboard should be void of excessive clutter so as not to distract and obscure the information displayed. The second rule of effective dashboard design involves displaying data that meets one or more business or organizational objectives. To accomplish this, the elements in a dashboard should convey a format easily understood by its intended audience. Attendees learn how to create dynamic interactive user- and data-driven dashboards, graphical and table-driven dashboards, statistical dashboards, and drill-down dashboards with a purpose.
http://support.sas.com/resources/papers/proceedings15/3487-2015.pdf
My humble notes:
A great and entertaining presentation; well received by a packed room.


Peter Crawford entertaining and subtly instructing power users

Paper 1408 — Learn Hidden Ideas in Base SAS® to Impress Colleagues
"Across the languages of SAS® are many golden nuggets—functions, formats, and programming features just waiting to impress your friends and colleagues. Learning SAS over 30+ years, I have collected a few, and I offer them to you in this presentation."
http://support.sas.com/resources/papers/proceedings15/1408-2015.pdf
My humble notes:
Peter Crawford on Hidden Ideas in Base SAS. These tips were great and Peter Crawford was very entertaining. It was instructive to see the slides and how they were created. Beginners, experienced SAS users, and guru/wizards were all amazed and instructed! Truly a masterful genius — we should all seek the book of Sir Peter Crawford.


Teaching concepts and SAS to kids and college engineering students and profs by Dr AnnMaria De Mars !

Paper 2103 — Preparing Students for the Real World with SAS® Studio
“A common complaint of employers is that educational institutions do not prepare students for the types of messy data and multi-faceted requirements that occur on the job. No organization has data that resembles the perfectly scrubbed data sets in the back of a statistics textbook. The objective of the Annual Report Project is to quickly bring new SAS® users to a level of competence where they can use real data to meet real business requirements. Many organizations need annual reports for stockholders, funding agencies, or donors. Or, they need annual reports at the department or division level for an internal audience. Being tapped as part of the team creating an annual report used to mean weeks of tedium, poring over columns of numbers in 8-point font in (shudder) Excel spreadsheets, but no more. No longer painful, using a few SAS procedures and functions, reporting can be easy and, dare I say, fun. All analyses are done using SAS® Studio (formerly SAS® Web Editor) of SAS OnDemand for Academics. This paper uses an example with actual data for a report prepared to comply with federal grant funding requirements as proof that, yes, it really is that simple.”
http://support.sas.com/resources/papers/proceedings15/2103-2015.pdf
My humble notes:
This presentation was recorded (TV) for later rebroadcast.


Kirk Paul Lafler’s class on Enterprise Guide, ODS, and SAS Reporting

The four-hour class was well received by 35 attendees and three facilitators.


-- Charlie Shipp (talk) 19:38, 30 April 2015 (CDT)

PS: Please feel free to edit and improve the information over at SGF 2015 Reflections. TNKS!

The Art of creating Science

A while back, in the opening session of SGF, the theme was creativity. It started with an artistically created video showing a blank page, "We all start with a blank page, to overcome writer's block" or something like that. I have some notes I'll find and add here.

Then the video described the art of creation as it applies to SAS production-software and user program-code.

The whole evening was along this theme, including the very entertaining professional show at the end, as usual and as expected.

So creation is an art, even when it comes to creating scientific projects. "You start writing the code and I'll start word-crafting the specs/requirements." (grin)  ;-) {[(Fail to plan and you plan to fail--it all starts with a vision-concept, mission-goals-and-tasks, outline, brainstorming, and first draft, followed by refinement.)]}

ED: Feel free to add insightful comments here.  ::



Charlie Shipp (talk) 09:13, 23 June 2015 (CDT)

WUSS, SESUG, MWSUG, SCSUG Regional 2015 Reflections, my personal notes

I'll be interested to hear about your relections also. I'm sharing with SAS Institute Maggie Miller who will have a more formal report. She said she would give me the link to her material when it is ready, with her photos.

Western States regional, San Diego, Sept 9-11, 2015

WUSS 23rd annual educational forum 2015 San Diego 9/9/15 Welcome by Scott Leslie(EC) President. Region was show on the big screen with the Mission and a colored map of the western states, including Hawaii and Alaska. He joked about ‘land-grabbing’ NM. WUSS provides forum support and development opportunities for SAS users.” [Applause for William Coar, Academic Pgm Chair.]

Ginger Carey, with Sally Carson and Diana Suhr lead the operation team. There are 430 attending this year, or more. Year-long planning included conference calls, with 22 key people, including mobile App information. “If you don’t know how to use it, just ask a young person.”

The Pavilion has ‘Solution in the round’ and includes vendors, SAS Institute booths, ePosters, and food.

Bill Coar leads the Academic Program—tracks and presentation are completely full, including HOW, hands-on-workshops. Section chairs, volunteer section coordinators and speakers received applause. Success is measured by contribution to others. He thanks his young family, including their newborn son. In addition to the volunteers the sponsors keep us running.

Mary Katz talked about the gold, silver and bronze sponsors. (See the website.) Teradata is a Platinum Sponsor. The Jr Professional and young scholars programs are supported by them.

Tho Nguyen of Teradata invited us all to stop by their booth and pick up a T-shirt. “We support the regionals and local groups so that we can talk to you.”

SAS Institute Nancy Moser took the podium and drew massive applause to the organizing teams. She then talked to slides to answer SAS participation here at the regional: “Where is SAS®?”

      O 11 SAS presentations
      O 6 super demos
      O Resource Central

 Connect  Learn  Support

     O SAS Customer Appreciation Lunch

Jr Professional Pgm (Besa and Tyler Smith); The junior professionals stood to applause. Watch the website in the spring of 2016; and go also to the SAS Global Forum website to stay aware. Notify those you think will be eligible.

Mentoring (Ethan Miller).The mentoring program opened from Jr Professional recipients and young scholars only  to all regional attendees.   Ethan invited everyone listening to join as a mentor, or as a mentor program student.   Cynthia Leardman expanded on benefits and how to be involved.  

Cynthia LeardMann also talked about our 2015 charity/donation page: “Transforming lives” http://bit.ly/SAS-YMCA-2015 for children and mons from homes of domestic violence. A brief slide presentation was very touching. Families can be housed together. [Applause]

Bill Coar and Ginger Carey discussed the Conference Guide; Program Grid; Mobile App; 10 HOWs; SAS Essentials. And also: three panels:

   >  Data Visualization
   >  Data Science
   > Career Paths
By popular demand: “Ask Vince” on Excel will be an update;  
    Also:  Photo Scavenger Hunt;  and Post Conference Classes. 

Resource Central also includes:

 WUSS Theater;   WUSS Museum;  Time Out tables for relaxation and visiting;  food.

Networking Mixer is tonight from 6:30pm to 9pm (approx.) on the Banyan Court/lawn.

Tomorrow is the SAS Customer Appreciation Networking Lunch in the Bayview Ballroom. “Laugh and Enjoy the WUSS Feud at lunch Thursday” [provided by SAS Institute.]

WUSS 2016 will be at the Grand Hyatt on Union Square in San Francisco, CA, Sept xx-yy.

Besa Smith introduced the keynote speaker, Dr Jennifer Waller, GA Regents U.

With passion and enthusiasm she discussed being a Volunteer. We get to learn and utilize our skills and have fun. We get a lot of benefits by being involved.

Her Dad was 25 years in the Air Force Reserves (picture of reading to Jennifer when she was an infant) “service is just what we did.” She sang in the church choir and in HS student government. She was an athletic trainer in high school. Now, her daughter has gone to Bolivia on a service mission.

There are the Big Three in Academia {research, teaching, and service—dpt, institution, and professional community}. Volunteer in regional users groups. (She gave some of her interesting history.) Her first SESUG conference was in 2000. “Who can’t put a label on an envelope? It is needed!” Start by becoming involved in the little things and allow yourself to expand.

Why do you volunteer? Who has been your inspiration? Volunteer and serve, professionally. You get more out of it than you put into it.

Volunteering = Career Development  Develop new skills and competencies  Apply your existing skills in new ways and in new environments  Explore new career paths  Expand your personal and pro networks  Get on the radar of hiring pros giving them the opportunities to see you in action  Give back while assessing or actively pursuing your new role(s) Benefits of Volunteering

 Skill Development   (do you blog?)  

Anyone not learning is probably dead. “I learn something new every day.”

Never underestimate the power of networking.

Benefits of Volunteering. Socializing can be fun. Make connections/friends. Have an impact and make a difference.

Volunteering

  It’s About …

 Propensity Scores (Scott Leslie) was needed and Dr Waller had a contact. Where do you go from here? Ask, Be available, Be willing, Say, “Can I help?”  Start small and increase your involvement  Be a Presenter  Section Chairs help decide conference content For SGF “You never know where volunteering will take you and whom you will meet. — Or how it will enrich your life unless you do it!” Suck it up and have a lot of fun.

In conclusion: Discover, Volunteer, and Learn.


NOTE: Maggie Miller is part of the new SAS Institute emphasis on user online communities and writes this at Blogs.SAS.com ::
Keynote speaker, Dr. Jennifer Waller presented "How to get your SAS on!"
We’ve all probably done it. It benefits others and yourself. You don’t get paid, but it always makes you feel good. Of course, I’m talking about volunteering.Jennifer Waller’s keynote presentation, “How To Get Your SAS On” was more than just a catchy title. The attendees at WUSS 2015 in San Diego got to learn about the benefits of giving back in their professional careers. It’s a fitting place to talk about volunteering, since user events like WUSS depend on volunteers to succeed.


Bill Cour conducted the closing session from noon to 1pm. Much of the time was with drawings and prizes from supporting venors and also SAS Institute. The charity support raised over $1662 for battered moms and children. Families are saved. Best paper awards were given in 12 sections. The 2016 SGF and WUSS annual conferences and their leaders were announced:

  • SGF 2016, April 18-21 in Las Vegas, The Venetian, led by Dr Jennifer Waller.
  • WUSS 2016, Sept 7-9 Grand Hyatt Union Square, San Francisco, led by Cynthia LeardMann.

Please feel welcome to edit had improve details in this reporting. Charlie Shipp (talk) 00:50, 15 September 2015 (CDT)


Southeast States (SESUG) regional, Savannah, Georgia, Sept 27-29, 2015

General notes on the SESUG 2015 annual regional meeting in Savannah Georgia, Oct. 27-29.

What a great time we had in this historic Southern city. We truly experience Southern Hospitality in a grand 10-star hotel. And in the larger presentation rooms we often saw large (very, very large) cargo ships going to sea (Atlantic ocean). The conference food was excellent and presentations did not disappoint.

If you attended, feel free to edit this sasCommunity.org article. And if you have questions that should be addressed, add a comment/request to this article’s TALK page. I’ll have more to add here soon. -- Charlie Shipp (talk) 22:54, 4 October 2015 (CDT)


Presentations were great—there were too many great presenters to mention without leaving out some of the best, including the talk and panel discussion on the SAS University Edition and a dozen Super Demos by SAS Institute, such as SAS Visual Analytics and SAS Studio presented by Tim Beese. Soon, you will be able to review them all via LexJansen.com and the SESUG website. Expect sasCommunity.org to receive some papers, uploaded by the wisest of authors.

The Opening Session was Sunday evening, followed by the first keynote wherein Ron Cody spoke greatly about SAS University Edition. Bill Benjamin and Venita DePuy explained the mixers, breakfasts, luncheons, charity drive, resource/demo room, student/professor/professional scholarship recipients, section chairs, and much more.

Nancy Moser (SAS Institute) organized the Resource Center, the Super Demos, and many other things to do with all the Regionals. The vendors were great and shown on the SESUG website. ePosters, the Code Doctor Desk, and refreshments were in or near the Resource Center. Books were also on display, including “An Introduction to SAS University Edition”. We were able to talk to main project leaders from SAS Institute.

Midwest States (MWSUG) regional, Omaha, Nebraska, October 18-20, 2015

The Midwest SAS Users Group held their annual convention Opening Session with over 200 attending in Omaha NE October 18-20.

David Bruckner (Operations Chair) and Michael Wilson (Academic Chair) welcomed us in the banquet hall, and to cheers, Michael told us that David had a very important announcement, “Let’s eat!”

The dinner was shrimp and steak—truly tremendous, followed by dessert in the resource (demo) large hall. It is called the Networking and Innovation Area (in the main ballroom.) Ting Sa has an amazing traditional poster in the demo room. She is a young professional, with special invitation.

After dinner, David Wilson continued the Opening Session. For the conference papers, 100 abstracts were submitted, and a new track is added this year: “Tools of the Trade”. There is also In-Conference training; career planning papers; code clinic; and a SAS Jeopardy team competition.

The Academic team of the Conference Committee stood for recognition.

David Bruckner took the microphone and talked about the two-sided three-fold Schedule Overview with a map of the conference talk rooms and resource center. A MWSUG app has the schedule and room assignments also, with abstracts. You can build your own schedule with the App, available for iPhone, Android, and laptop/computer. It will have news, bios, and reminders you can set.

Of the 209 who are registered, 94 (45%) are first-time attendees. Breakfast and lunch are provided tomorrow, Monday, and we can attend the Durham Museum, very historic.

The Operations team of the Conference Committee stood for recognition.

Thanks was given to SAS Institute for their presence and support. The volunteers and hotel staff and liaisons were thanked. Names of the MWSUG Board of Directors was shown on the two big screens as they stood for recognition: Cindy, Craig, John, Ken, Adrian, and David.

Cindy Lee Wilson took the stage and gave a colorful description of her first MWSUG conference in Chicago. She gave credit and thanks to co-chairs David and Michael (her husband now. What a great couple!) She then recognized the Student Scholars and Young Professionals attending; and the pre-conference instructors. Also the 12 sponsoring companies, in addition to SAS Institute.

Melissa Perez (SAS Institute) took the stage and noted the seven SAS presentations; the half-day class; the 10 super demos in the Networking and Innovation Area. SAS Institute also sponsors the Monday night networking dinner.

After dinner, an excellent keynote address was delivered by J. Hao, Managing Director of First Nation Bank (largest privately owned US bank, in Omaha, Nebraska). He has experience as a CFA, charter financial analyst. He is also a college adjunct professor. His talk was entitled, “Enabling Financial Success with Analytics” and was excellent, with diagrams and two videos. “Life is a Symphony” and “Show Me The Money!” He concluded by giving three answers to the question, “Why do we focus on analytics?”

Closing Session was from 4-5pm on the last day, including (1) closing; (2) best paper awards; (3) gifts from supporting vendors (drawings for those present); and (4) new 2016 brief announcements.

Following the brilliant brevity of the Opening Session, Michael Wilson and David Bruckner asked the audience of hundreds, “Was it a good conference?” answered by wild cheers and then applause. Some of us almost made a wave of standing ovation.

{[( Standing ‘O’ was indeed the call of the day! )]}

On the big screen, THANKS to those that made it happen were shown and described.

  • Section Chairs
  • Speakers/Poster
  • “Super SAS Bowl Competition” with Richann Watson beating out John King.
  • Sponsors: SAS Institute, Teradata, Texas A&M, Experis, Iowa SAS Users Group, MWSUG, …
  • http://www.mwsug.org/sponsors.html
  • [Implied were: Executive Committee, Operations Committee, Academic Committee.]
Cindy Lee Wilson spoke for the MWSUG Executive Committee  (She is now Mrs Michael G. Wilson, and at one point she kissed him on the cheek on stage, audible for those observing.)

Cindy Wilson showed the names of the 17 young professionals and student attendees; four of them won best paper awards, and Ting Sa won a best paper award and also the best poster award.

All of the section chairs came in front of the stage for a photoOp and then Michael Wilson handed each the portable mike to say (1) best paper recipient and (2) title of the winning paper. Of course, few were that brief. But it went very well, to cheers from the audience for deserving authors/papers. These are the young stars as Obi Wan Ben Kenobi passes the baton the Luke Skywalker and it becomes a lightsaber!

For SAS Institute, Melissa Perez came on stage, to the microphone, and gave recognition gifts to 2015 chairs Michael Wilson and David Bruckner. She did an excellent job representing Nancy Moser as liaison. This led into the drawings that were entertaining and well received. Vendors each went on stage for this.

To conclude, the new co-chairs for MWSUG 2016 were brought on state: Richann Watson and Adrian Katschke for the next annual conference. It will be in the Cincinnati Hyatt Regency October 9-11, 2016. After some discussion and announcements of some new features and track, Adrian concluded, “We’ll make this as exciting as we can!”

South-Central States (SCSUG) regional, Savannah, Georgia, October 27-29, 2015

General notes on the SCSUG 2015 annual regional meeting in Baton Rougue (LSU), Oct.30, 2015.

REFLECTIONS (SCSUG 2015 Regional forum) Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University, LSU, E. J. Ourso College of Business

Great, great one-day conference, including a new track, “Student Symposium”. The track began with our presenting SAS University Edition, followed directly by “Google Search Tips and Techniques for SAS Programmers” Then graduate students and gave fantastic presentations—truly instructive and an eye-opener.

Executive Outline:

  • Welcome by Joni Shreve — Opening Session
  • Selected papers
  • Keynote — Luncheon
  • Student Symposium
  • Closing Session
  • Executive Board (strategic planning)

Welcome by Dr Joni Shreve — Opening Session TEXT

Selected papers

  • Dynamic Dashboards Using Base-SAS® Software
  • Read in Thousands of Datasets with One Click!
  • What's Hot, What's Not - Skills for SAS® Professionals
  • Text Analysis of Game of Thrones

Graduate student presentations included a webcast/remote/paper

SAS Institution presentations included:

  • SAS Data and Analytical Results to Microsoft Excel --- Vince Delgobbo
  • SAS® University Edition ... --- Amy Peters

Keynote — Luncheon TEXT

Student Symposium TEXT

Closing Session SCSUG 2015 Chair, Dr. Joni Shreve conducted the closing session. The co-chairs for SCSUG 2016 in San Antonio are Lisa Mendez and Lizette Alonzo. The next SCSUG forum will be November 6th, 7th, and 8th and “Definitely worth your while!” Nancy Moser, representing SAS Institute, gave recognition and prizes to leaders, especially Dr. Shreve, to applause and wild cheers. There then were drawing t-shirts and conference bags for those in attendance. SAS Global Forum (SGF, 2016) was announced for Las Vegas—see the website. Speakers and session chairs and volunteers were thanked and recognized.

Executive Board (strategic planning) See the website for officers/leaders/chairs/ at www.SCSUG.org


Reflections on the Kirk Paul Lafler keynote address at SESUG:

“Left-brain, Right-Brain, Become SAS-Smart”

Kirk began by showing the agenda for the 30-minute keynote address:

  • Left-brain, Right-brain Quiz
  • Google Search Techniques
  • SAS Content is Everywhere
  • The Worldwide Classroom

Left-brain, Right-brain Quiz

An entertaining quick-quiz enlightened and entertained SESUG attendees:

1. Are you detail or big picture oriented?

2. Do you like to play it safe or take risks?

3. Do you prefer science and math, or art and music?

4. When meeting someone new, are you more likely to remember their name or face?

5. Do you prefer words and language, or symbols and images?

[ED: Send Kirk Paul Lafler an eMail for answers: KirkLafler@cs.com ]
Generally speaking, Right-brain is artistic and Left-brain is mathematical.

Now Try This . . . While you’re sitting on your chair, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles. While continuing to make clockwise circles with your right foot, draw the number “6” in the air with your right hand. What happened?

Google Search Techniques

The next part of the keynote contained many amazing facts and techniques, very helpful:

  • For many SAS users, the process of conducting success becomes essential.
  • Facts: Brin & Page. 50million pages in the first year. Now takes less than 1 minute.
  • 60-plus trillion pages; 50,000 search queries every second 4.5 billion/da and 1.6trillion/yr.
  • Several interesting and valuable techniques were shown, including reducing results:
  • Search for the past year;
  • Search with the INTITLE operator;
  • Search with the FILETYPE=doc operator;
  • Search with the FILETYPE=ppt operator;
  • Search with the LIKE operator;
  • Search by adding keywords and other operator;

Kirk showed how to iteratively search for desired SAS 9.4 documentation.
He also talked about new Google-search features, like ‘auto-complete’.

SAS Content is Everywhere

Avail yourself of the rich content, and then consider contributing:

  • Support.SAS.com has a wealth of information
  • Also has the built in search-box, and hyperlinks on the left, newly updated.
  • LexJansen.com Published white-papers, all in PDF. Check Regionals. SESUG in 2wks.
  • www.sasCommunity.org Great content here also. Look at all the proceedings.
  • Other websites: listing some in alphabetical order. www.ATS.UCLA.
  • Bi-notes.com [sixty websites with SAS content were shown on the screen.]
  • Blogs.sas.com just showing a few of them.
  • Listser.uga.edu (SAS-L) Early 1990s and the beginning of the Internet. U GA.

The Worldwide Classroom

Why limit college education to within brick walls? Do a Google-search:

  • [SAS MOOCs] … Google-search Results: yields 140,000 hits.
  • Massive Online Open Courses (or Content) Stanford, MIT, Harvard, Oxford, and many others.
  • www.CourseRA.com 15million learners, 130 partners.
  • www.UDAcity.org
  • www.Udemy.com
  • All self-paced, full-courses.
  • SAS Video Tutorials. 44,000 Check out analytics
  • SAS YouTube Channel
  • In 2006, SAS and North Carolina State University launched the first analytics master’s degree

Kirk showed the homepage of these sites, very well done and very interesting.

Conclusion

There is an abundance of rich content to enable you to be SAS Smart! Kirk reviewed opportunities.

  • Left- Right-Brain
  • Google Search Techniques
  • SAS Content is Everywhere
  • The Worldwide Classroom

Kirk concluded by reviewing the information presented.

You could get a degree and advanced degree from Stanford, MIT, Harvard, Oxford, …

Kirk works from home. You can too! He raffled two books: Google Search Complete!


Advertising sasCommunity.org at SAS Global Forum

Hi Charlie,

I moved your suggestion about PR/Advertising sasCommunity.org at SAS Global Forum that was at Talk:Main Page to Talk:SAS_Global_Forum#PR.2FAdvertizing_sasCommunity.org_at_SAS_Global_Forum. Perhaps the change will stimulate some discussion. - Cameron (talk) 20:55, 29 April 2017 (CDT)