Tom White <tw2@MAIL.COM> wrote
>Hello Everyone, My boss placed a request for me to get a new (IBM?) PC.
>The reason is that I will be doing a lot of modeling (PROC LOGISTIC, PROC
>CLUSTER, other procs, etc.) to try and develop a fraud model. Currently,
>we have SAS v8.2. (1) Should I ask my boss to switch to the latest SAS
>version? This SAS will be housed on my new PC. (2) What kind of a
>computer should I ask for?I know having a lot of RAM is a good thing.
>Since I will be doing lots of sorting, I should ask for a PC with at
>least 1Gig of RAM. What do you think? This is my only chance to get what
>I want in terms of hardware and SAS. Typically, the size of the data
>sets: Right now I have a data set of about 50 million records and about
>150 fields. The number of fields may grow substantially if we out and
>purchase additional fields to append. Again, I am trying to predict fraud
>in the Health Care world (fraudulent, abusive claims doctors file, etc.)
>Please give me your thoughts so I can buy the best PC I can. tom
Regarding part 1) ABSOLUTELY. SAS 9 has a lot of stuff that SAS 8 did not. PROC POWER, for instance; PROC GLMSELECT, PROC GLIMMIX and so on; at SGF, I heard about some Bayesian PROCs that are available for download and sound exciting.
Regarding part 2) I don't know, but this has been discussed recently and at length here. If you search for something like RAM on the SAS-L archives (http://listserv.uga.edu/archives/sas-l.html) that might help