Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2003 15:44:44 -0400
Reply-To: Sigurd Hermansen <HERMANS1@WESTAT.COM>
Sender: "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From: Sigurd Hermansen <HERMANS1@WESTAT.COM>
Subject: Re: Advantages of SAS software
I find both SAS and MS Access very useful for a variety of reasons related
to database programming. SAS reads many different file structures and file
types, as well as tables and metadata from many database systems. MS Access
stores queries and reports, and generally provides better tools for on-line
viewing of data. I don't see SAS as a replacement for MS Access as much as a
complementary programming environment that provides support for large file
processing and a portable output delivery system (ODS).
When comparing SAS and MS Access on statistical analysis capabilities, the
SAS/Stat package goes far beyond the capabilities of MS Access. Anyone
moving from SAS to MC Access would immediately miss the basic PROC FREQ,
PROC UNIVARIATE, and PROC MEANS/SUMMARY procedures available in SAS/BASE.
Those with training and interest in statistics would have to buy several
other statistical packages to handle basic estimation, modelling, and
forecasting tasks. The SAS community (including SAS-L) provides the
technical support and documentation that typical statistical analysts need
to work with substantial volumes of data.
SAS V9 ships with a new user interface alternative, Enterprise Guide (EG),
that provides interactive support for SAS database and statistical
programming. A demonstration of EG could help you decide whether or not you
can make good use of SAS in your environment.
(I have no financial ties to SAS.)
From: Jeremy Campbell [mailto:jcampbell0389@HOTMAIL.COM]
Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2003 4:27 PM
Subject: Advantages of SAS software
Our company is contemplating adding a SAS server, but there are doubts
whether or not we need this. What are some of the differences that SAS
offers as far as statistical analysis that Access cannot do or is not as
efficient at. Any examples or ideas are accepted. Thank-you.