Mathematical and Statistical Application – SAS

Table of Contents

Overview

Installation

Setting up environment and invoking from a Research Computing server

Notes

Short Courses

Tutorials

FAQs

Manuals

Useful links

References

Additional help

Overview

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.

 

Default Version: 9.3m2
Installed Version(s): 9.2, 9.3, 9.3m2 (Kure/Killdevil)
Research Computing server: Kure , Killdevil

Installation

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.

Setting up environment and invoking from a Research Computing server

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.

Notes

Short Courses

Tutorials

FAQs

  • 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

Manuals

Useful links

Help from SAS Institute: The SAS web page provides many samples and useful articles about its products.

News groups and listservs: The following is a short list of SAS help/discussion sources

Other resources:

References

Additional help

Research Computing home page