I am currently involved in a new project for me, a meta-analysis.
Currently, I use SAS BASE (a little), and SAS STAT (a lot), for fancier
graphs and/or statistics that aren't in SAS STAT, I use R.
This project will necessarily involve me learning more SAS BASE. But
after that we have a choice, and I'd like some advice
We can either 1) Get SAS GRAPH and SAS IML or 2) Stay with what we are
doing. SAS GRAPH and IML are expensive; R is free. But R has a steep
learning curve, and some of the analyses may need to be done by other
people than me; those people don't know R, and don't want to learn it.
With SAS, we can rely (to an extent) on programs that Wang and Bushman
wrote about in their book on meta-analysis with SAS.....But at least one
of us (me) will probably have to learn at least some of how those
programs work, in case they need to be modified (which seems likely).
Sorry for going on so long, but (as people who've been following other
threads know) I like to provide context.
Any advice will be appreciated.
Peter L. Flom, PhD
Assistant Director, Statistics and Data Analysis Core
Center for Drug Use and HIV Research
National Development and Research Institutes
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New York, NY 10010
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