SAS For Dummies

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Use SAS on the Web, in Excel or PowerPoint, and from your desktop
The fun and easy way to manage and analyze data

Need to get up and running with SAS? This plain-English guide offers information on all the SAS basics, including getting data into the software, generating reports, creating graphs, and sharing results. Step-by-step instructions and screenshots show you how to work with analytics, databases, reports, and queries.

Gather and present data
Use the powerful analytics of SAS
Access SAS from Microsoft Office and the Web
Master SAS Enterprise Guide
Work with SAS and databases

About the Author
Stephen McDaniel works at Yahoo! in Sunnyvale, CA, and is the Senior Manager of User Empowerment–Business Intelligence and Analytics. He is a strategic advisor and mentor for the business units in Yahoo! Search Marketing, helping business users to harness the potential of their data assets for planning and decision-making. As a member of Strategic Data Systems, he works closely with the data warehousing, business intelligence, and analytic teams on behalf of the business units to provide user-centric vision and guidance to their efforts. You can reach him at www.stephenmcdaniel.us. Previously, Stephen was the senior manager in charge of the SAS Enterprise Guide and the SAS Add-In for Microsoft Office development teams at SAS. Stephen has been a SAS user for more than 17 years and has experience at over 50 companies as a statistician, statistical programmer, product manager, and manager of data warehousing and business intelligence.

Chris Hemedinger is a senior software manager in the Business Intelligence Clients division at SAS. Chris began his career at SAS in 1993 as a technical writer, creating such hits as SAS Companion for the OS/2 Environment (remember OS/2?) and SAS Companion for the Microsoft Windows Environment. In 1997, he became involved in a prototype project to make SAS easier to use for non-programmers, and that project evolved into the hugely popular SAS Enterprise Guide, a product that Chris has worked with ever since.

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