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The SAS System is a powerful programming language and a collection of ready-to-use programs called procedures. It has data access, data management, data presentation, and data analysis capabilities. Its roots are in academia, particularly statistical analysis, but SAS has broadened its applications to include dozens of tools from data entry products to a scalable performance data server product. The power of the SAS System comes from the integration of all of the SAS applications so they work together. Additionally, the SAS System is portable; you can easily move SAS applications across platforms. If you would rather not learn the SAS programming language you can use SAS Enterprise Guide for a menu-driven, task-oriented, and point-and-click environment. Preview the highlights of the latest SAS release.
You can choose to either install SAS locally in your personal computer or invoke it from a Research Computing server.
|Installed Version(s):||9.2, 9.3, 9.3m2 (Kure/Killdevil)|
|Research Computing server:||Kure , Killdevil|
You can install SAS on your own computer. The SAS Institute provides SAS to UNC through a grant, which has been renewed. UNC students, faculty and staff do not have to pay for SAS and can install SAS locally on their computers. You can obtain SAS for a local installation on your computer through the UNC Software Acquisition Office. Before you install SAS locally on your computer, ensure you meet some basic system requirements. These are also listed on the document that came with your SAS CDs from Software Acquisitions. After you ensure SAS will work on your computer, refer to these directions to install SAS locally.
- You will need a valid license file in order to use SAS. This file needs to be updated annually. Refer to these instructions to obtain a license file (setinit.sss or sid.txt).
- Follow these installation instructions. When SAS prompts you for a license file, browse to the file you obtained in the previous step.
SAS is available for use on Research Computing servers: Kure, and Killdevil. The following documents provide several options for invoking and running SAS and other high-performance computing software. These documents include general instructions common to all applications, and specific instructions for each application.
- Invoking applications on a Research Computing server from a UNIX/Linux desktop computer
- Invoking applications on a Research Computing server from a Microsoft Windows computer
- SAS short courses at the Odum Institute.
- Introduction to SAS
- Using SAS on the Research Computing server
- Efficient programming in SAS
- Quick description of SAS graphing techniques
- Using SAS/INSIGHT for interactive data analysis
- Using the Output Delivery System
- SAS Online tutorials from SAS Institute. They provide conceptual overviews and step-by-step instructions.
- Please read SAS Common FAQs regarding the following types of questions useful for users new to this software.
- Clear the Results and Graph windows when running SAS
- Permanently store formats in SAS
- How do I best export SAS graphs into Microsoft Office
- How do I increase SAS memory
- How do I print SAS graph files from Research Computing Servers
- How do I access Oracle using SAS/Access
- Courses available with the SAS Academic Trainer
- SAS online documentation for all SAS products (HTML and PDF formats)
Help from SAS Institute: The SAS web page provides many samples and useful articles about its products.
- SAS Home Page
- SAS Technical Support
- SAS Sample programs
- Proceedings of the SAS Users Group International (SUGI) annual conference. These collections of short papers are a good source of help when looking for examples and tutorials on special tasks.
- SAS publishing for purchasing SAS manuals.
News groups and listservs: The following is a short list of SAS help/discussion sources
- SAS news group, news:comp.soft-sys.sas
- The SAS listserv, SAS-L is mirrored by several other listservs; from the link above you may browse and search the archives. You may also subscribe to the listserv, which has a lot of traffic. SAS-L messages can also be seen in the news group.
- South East SAS Users Group
- Research Triangle SAS Users group
- Instructions telling how to subscribe to SUG-L, the Research Triangle SAS Users Group E-mail list.
- UCLA’s SAS resource
- SAS Programming Skills (PDF) from Northwestern’s Research Computing training document
- Internet and Web Resources for SAS Programmers and Statisticians
- The Little SAS Book: A Primer by Lora D. Delwiche and Susan J. Slaughter
- SAS Programming by Example by Ron Cody and Ray Pass
- The SAS Workbook by Ron Cody