Introduction to SAS


Note: Topic order is subject to change. Participants must sign up for the all sessions.

Fundamentals: This portion introduces SAS for Windows environment, creating and submitting command files, printing output and simple trouble shooting techniques. Basics of how to read in raw data from different types of files are covered. Simple methods for data checking also are demonstrated.

Transformations and Recodes: This portion introduces the use of SAS to create new variables using formulas, recoding continuous variables into categories, creating dummy variables, the use of dates in SAS and defining missing values.

Data Management: This portion covers how to create and read permanent SAS datasets, basics of how to combine SAS data sets, both to add cases and to add variables.

Importing Data: This portion introduces the basics of importing data from other programs, such as Excel, Access and SPSS into SAS. Guidelines for preparing data for use with other programs are covered.