Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2000 14:18:00 -0400
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From: HERMANS1 <HERMANS1@WESTAT.COM>
Subject: Re: cheap SAS substitute for Linux...any suggestion?
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BASS did appear on the scene briefly, as I recall it, as an statistical analysis
system that could run on microcomputers. It disappeared after SAS ported to
PC's. I suspect that competition rather than legal action drove it out of the
From: "DeShon; Joe" <jdesho01@SPRINTSPECTRUM.COM> at Internet-E-Mail
Sent: Wednesday, September 06, 2000 12:13 PM
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Subject: RE: cheap SAS substitute for Linux...any suggestion?
Can somebody tell me if I'm right, or did I just dream this up?
I seem to remember many, many years ago, there was a program called BASS (or
something like that). It stood for "Basic SAS".
BASS, as I recall, was a stripped-down version of SAS. It had most of the
features of the data step and about half the functions and formats -- the
ones that you would use 90% of the time.
It also contained about six or seven procs that most people would use --
print, sort, summary, freq and maybe a couple more.
It wasn't all that great for heavy statistics, but it would do an awful lot
of what most SAS programmers do most of the time.
It seems like the guy that wrote it got in trouble with SAS and got sued or
bought-out or something and then BASS died, never to be heard from again.
Am I nuts? Is that story apocryphal? Or do I really remember something?
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From: Giovanni [mailto:ferro@UNI2A.UNIGE.CH]
Sent: Wednesday, September 06, 2000 9:02 AM
Subject: cheap SAS substitute for Linux...any suggestion?
I am looking for a cheap (or better : free) replacement of SAS, that
possibly runs on Linux, even with much less functionalities.
Don't misunderstand me : I very much like SAS, which I use at my
workplace. But the software is so damn expensive, that I simply can't
afford for my personal usage.
Anybody has suggestions?
thanks a lot!