- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (19 March 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470539682
- ISBN-13: 978-0470539682
- Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.5 x 23.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 635 g
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Thousands of businesses use hundreds of SAS products to manage and deliver their data more effectively and create reports that mean something. Are you ready to join them? This book helps you use and understand basic SAS software,including SAS Enterprise Guide, SAS Add-In for Microsoft Office, and SAS Web Report Studio.
Swiss army knife learn how SAS® Enterprise Guide® facilitates both access to and protection of corporate data
They can do it themselves see how your analysts can create their own reports with SAS tools
Data can't hide use infomaps and administered libraries to find data hiding in your PC
It's mine make your data mining more effective with SAS® Enterprise Miner
Show me the report find out how to create reports in plain text, PDF, RTF, HTML, and SAS Report formats
Intelligent BI explore the concepts of statistics and analytics as they relate to quality business intelligence
It's everywhere learn to use SAS from your desktop, on the Web, in Excel, and even in PowerPoint
A peek at programming discover how to tweak SAS to fit your needs perfectly
Open the book and find:
How SAS turns data into useful information
A dozen types of graphs you can create
Why the IT department loves SAS
Installation and setup advice
Where to find real-world SAS success stories
How to create SAS® content to share with others
Online SAS® resources
Use SAS9 statistical and analytical tools
Get various types of data into thesoftware
Use Web tools to produce reports
Work with operational, financial,performance, and sales data
About the Author
Stephen McDaniel is Principal and cofounder of Freakalytics? LLC, which provides training and consulting for data presentation, visual data exploration, and dashboard development. Chris Hemedinger works in SAS R&D on the team that builds SAS Enterprise Guide, a popular user interface for SAS customers.
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There is another issue with this book. And, in my mind it is more important than the mistitling of the book. The visuals are terrible. Many times they were unclear, fuzzy, gray-on-gray, and downright unviewable. The book illustrated some Box plots where you litterally could not see the Box plots at all. Many other graphs were hardly better. Given that SAS Entreprise Guide (SEG) is a beautiful visual interface. That is what makes it user friendly. It is kind of challenging to learn it from a book that does not impart the visual interface well.
The book is not all bad. The two authors are well qualified to teach you about SEG. One of the authors contributed to the initial development of SEG. And, the other managed the SEG development team for a long time. Given that, they both know what they are talking about. In a classic for Dummies style, this book is easily accessible with a lot of examples.
SEG and the related SAS Add-In for Excel are remarkably powerful and user friendly tool. This renders SAS, a very powerful quantitative program, very accessible to non-coders or non-programmers. SEG really serves two purposes. First, it is a great tool for non-programmers who have no intention to ever use a SAS code, or at least keep this coding to a bare minimum. Second, it is also a great tool as a training wheel for aspiring SAS coders. The latter may have acquired good coding aptitude using other programs such as R, Matlab, and Python. And, they would look to get up the speed quickly to be productive in no time using SEG while learning in a more deliberate way SAS codes.
As you can tell, I am a lot more jazzed about the potential of SEG than the overall teaching quality of this book. I later went through the SEG tutorial that, contrary to this book, has excellent visuals. And, I finally could "see" what the authors were really talking about. The book I got, with its poor graphic quality, should not have been released. As is, I am not sure it was the best use of my time to learn SEG with this book.
I view it as a missed opportunity. Given the outstanding background of the authors, and a pretty genuine effort from themselves, with descent visuals this book learning impact on the reader could have been a multiple better than it is. If you are going to write a book teaching about a visual interface you better have good visuals. Otherwise, the readers will have very little to work with and won't learn a thing.
While I like this book, there are a couple weaknesses. There is not enough information on how to check the quality of your data. While the author explains how to make basic subsets of data, there is not enough guidance on how to do more complicated subsetting. For example, taking a subset of records/subjects from a data file using an average is doable using the graphical user interface in EG but the book only mentions it in the context of writing code. Another problem is in the lack of information on doing statistics. If you need a book on analysis this is not a particularly good choice because the discussion is limited to very basic correlation, regression and ANOVA. On the other hand, the author focuses in on basic data validation and the tools needed to check statistical assumptions. So, this combined with a "real" statistics book is an excellent combination. There are a couple of sections that I have not seen written up in any other SAS book including working with OLAP and integration with MS Office as well as a brief introduction to SAS Enterprise Miner.
So, overall this is a good introductory book for the money.
I looked into the "Sas for Dummies" book and it plugged the gaps very well!
I highly, very highly recommend this book if you are thinking about using SAS Enterprise Guide, you won't regret it!