Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2003 03:20:02 GMT
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From: Roger Lustig <trovato@BELLATLANTIC.NET>
Subject: Re: A SAS Beginner - Best Books?
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If you know SQL, you can manipulate SAS datasets with PROC SQL. Of
course, if you haven't worked with step-by-step languages (i.e., where
you specify the order in which things are executed, something you only
do in a very limited way in SQL, where a query is more of an all-at-once
overview of what you want), then you'll want to explore the DATA step in
If you can find them, the old _SAS Language and Procedures: Usage_ and
_Usage II_ manuals are actually very good. They're also well-organized,
so you can skip to the parts you really want with little trouble. They
were written for Version 6, but that merely means they're missing some
advanced features. But you'll get a good look at the various ways of
combining data sets, reading in external data, and using the utility
procs (such as SUMMARY/MEANS, SORT, etc.
Geoffrey Barnes wrote:
> I don't want to hijack JC's thread, but I do have the same question. For
> what it's worth, I have been an SPSS user for many years, but got tired of
> all the bugs and bizzare restrictions it puts on its users. Due primarily
> to the limitations of SPSS, I became a fairly skilled database programmer in
> other products, especially SQL Server. I learned from painful experience
> that it was much easier to do the data manipulation in something like SQL
> Server, construct the dataset that I needed, and then hand it over to SPSS
> for analysis.
> So I do some basic statistical analysis and a whole heap of database
> manipulation for a living. What's the best book for that kind of thing?
> "Roger Lustig" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>>Depends. What do you want to do? SAS is large. Tell us a little about
>>your data, your programming tasks, etc.
>>>What's the best book to get for someone just beginning with SAS