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The Little SAS Book: A Primer, Third Edition Paperback – October 15, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-1590473337 ISBN-10: 1590473337 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: SAS Publishing; 3rd edition (October 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590473337
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590473337
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lora D. Delwiche brings over 20 years of expertise in working with SAS software to this edition. Lora enjoys teaching people about SAS software and likes solving challenging problems using SAS. Her experience in working with users from many different disc iplines prompted her to write a book proving that SAS is "not hard to learn."

Susan J. Slaughter discovered SAS software in graduate school, over 20 years ago. Since then she has used SAS in a variety of business and academic settings. She now works as a consultant through her company, Avocet Solutions. Her experience managing larg e databases, teaching SAS software classes, and writing about SAS inspired her to write a book that is both informative and fun to read.

Customer Reviews

I found the book very easy to understand and follow.
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If you haven't used SAS before, reading over this book is a great way to get familiar with it and a nice reference to have for someone new to SAS programming.
Home Theater Family
This is very useful as a reference book for beginner and intermediate SAS users.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By H. Mcdonnell on August 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
I came to SAS with many years as a statistician (using STATA, SPSS, GLIM, BMDP and other packages) and as a programmer (Delphi, C, Unix shell, FoxPro etc). I recently changed jobs and had to learn SAS asap. My job currently involves data 'manipulation'. I don't mean that in any negative sense, just that I have to read the data in, perform lots of calculations, merge data, transpose data, check data etc etc. It's very important that I don't lose data in the process and also that I don't create (rubbish) data either.

I bought this book to get me up to speed with SAS. I inherited some pretty complex procedures from my predecessor which I have to adapt and, to some degree, rewrite for other data sets. It was a very formidable challenge, despite my experience.

This book is excellent. The presentation is clean and clear. The two-page format is brilliant. Small enough for you to grasp the basic concept without too much difficulty but large enough to equip you to delve into SAS help if you have to (an action I'd recommend you don't do unless you have too).

Downside? For me, none. Others have mentioned that the coverage of the statistical procedures is limited. This is particularly so if you receive your data pre-packaged and you don't have to do much data preparation. But the number of SAS statistical procedures and all variations therein is so large that you couldn't even begin to cover them in a book this size. Personally, I consider what they DO cover to be logical and sufficient for most beginners. There are other books which might be more appropriate for those who seek more information on statistical procedures.

Some people have suggested the chapter on data input is overdone.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Home Theater Family on December 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is a primer - it's own title indicates it as such. A primer is what you give to people to get them familiar with something beforehand. SAS is very powerful but it is not intuitive to use - a la Excel. If you haven't used SAS before, reading over this book is a great way to get familiar with it and a nice reference to have for someone new to SAS programming. I learned how to use SAS from this book and the book covering empirical financial research. The disappointed people here are expecting a bit much from something called a 'primer' or simply don't find SAS easy to use. Neither of these shortcomings are the fault of this work. If you've never used SAS or are very new to it, this book is quite good - and that's what a Primer is for.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 2004
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I see that *The Little SAS Book* is now in its 3rd edition. My experiences were with the 2nd edition. I used that version of the book a few years ago when I was doing intensive work with SAS.
This book was a life saver. I agree with the positive reviewers and disagree with the negative ones. Yes this book covers the basics - but that is EXACTLY why the book was written!
Take it from me, even though I used SAS for sophisticated data analysis (mostly financial econometrics) and regularly used more advanced features of SAS and higher level books and manuals, I still OFTEN referred to *The Little SAS Book* during my SAS programming days. With all due respect to its competitors (Cody's books, etc.), I found *The Little SAS Book* to be the most useful and the most often used.
I regularly recommended this book to those who were new to SAS and they always appreciated my recommendation.
I can go on gushing about how great this book is, but to sum up in an efficient manner how much I love this book, let me leave you with the following: If either Lora or Susan (the authors of the book) were ever looking for a husband, I would marry either of them in a heartbeat!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Ng on August 2, 2005
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I'm a graduate student in the sciences looking to use SAS to "crunch" some of my data. Unfortunately, I've never taken a class in it. This book was recommended to me by the professor that teaches the SAS course at my college. It is extremely helpful and walks you through every step that you need to do to make your data work for you!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andy, WV USA on September 11, 2005
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This is the best book to learn SAS as a begineer. No need to have any prior knowledge in SAS. Read this book and you can work on SAS comfortably. This book will give you enough knowledge to learn more by practicing SAS practically.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sharpie_twin_tip on June 16, 2005
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I got my first job out of college as a data analyst. After a few days on the job, it felt like I was drowning. The reason is I had never worked before with "real" data. My thin and rather compact SAS book from college (used in an introductory undergraduate stats class) barely did anything to help alleviate the immense pressure that I felt I was under. Then...I bought this book.

Knowing the theory and understanding how to interpret statistical test results is only part of the picture (which this book will NOT help you do)...preparing the data for analysis is also very important and this book helped me on that end big time. This book got me there fast and now I can focus more on doing my job rather than staring at the screen wondering how I am going to get my data to the point where it's actually usable.

If you are in a similar situation as I was and you need to get up and running with SAS fast, I can only tell you that this book helped remove tons of weight off my shoulders.
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