I just wanted to take a quick minute to talk briefly about SAS. Now I don’t mean the Special Forces unit in the British army here, although that might be more interesting to write about! I’m referring to the statistical software which has grown to become the industry standard for analytical professionals everywhere.
SAS stands for Statistical Analysis System and is a software suite developed by SAS Institute for advanced analytics. It allows the user to mine, modify and manage data, as well as providing the ability to consolidate records from a variety of different sources before the application of statistical techniques. For the advanced user, analysis can be performed using the SAS programming language, but the software also includes a point-and-click interface handy for those non-technical users getting to grips with the software.
SAS has a wide variety of applications, the most common being;
- Reading data from almost any format, including Microsoft Excel tables, database files and ASCII files.
- Manipulating data to create desired output. This can be done by combining data sets, creating new columns and modifying formatting.
- Analysing data with statistical techniques, from descriptive statistics through to regression models, all the way up to more advanced methods.
- Presenting and reporting analytical results and saving the output in a range of formats such as PDF and HTML.
I’ll write more about the software at a later date, and include some installation instructions for the University edition of SAS available to download. I also aim to write some tutorials and how to guides so that you can get the most out of the broad functionality available.
Bye for now!