Introduction to SAS Computer Software

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UNC-Wilmington ECN 422 Department of Economics and Finance Dr. Chris Dumas Introduction to SAS Computer Software Background on the SAS company and SAS statistical software SAS (pronounced "sass") stands for "statistical analysis system." SAS is a computer program (or computer “software”) that was developed at North Carolina State University to help scientists analyze agricultural research data. As other scientists and businesspeople became aware of the computer program’s capabilities, the company SAS (named after the computer program) was founded in 1976 to further develop and market the program. Today SAS is used by many types of customers - from pharmaceutical companies and banks to academic and governmental entities. Still headquartered in Research Triangle Park (Cary), North Carolina, privately-held SAS had 2009 revenues of $2.31 billion and is now used at more than 50,000 sites in over 100 countries, including 93 of the top 100 companies on the 2010 FORTUNE Global 500® list. More than 11,000 SAS employees in more than 50 countries and 400 SAS offices provide local, hands-on support for customers. SAS US was named No. 1 on the 2010 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For list. In 2004, Harvard Business School named SAS CEO Jim Goodnight one of the "20th Century's Great American Business Leaders." Goodnight himself holds a doctorate in statistics from North Carolina State University, where he was a faculty member from 1972 to 1976. (Source: ) We will use SAS version 9.2 software in ECN422. SAS software is actually composed of several different programs (such as: Base SAS, SAS Statistics, SAS ETS, etc.) that are sold/licensed separately but can work together. Luckily, UNCW has purchased a license for all of these programs for use by UNCW faculty and students. The SAS programs are installed on the “TealWare” server computer on the UNCW campus so that we can work with them as if they were just one big program. However, if you ever use the "Help" feature in the SAS program or buy books about SAS, you might see references to the various SAS component programs (such as: Base SAS, SAS Statistics, SAS ETS, etc.). Create a Working Folder for Your SAS Files on the C: Drive of your Computer On the C: drive of your computer, create a folder named "ECN422" with no spaces in the name. We will put all of our SAS programs, data sets and results in this folder. Do this on your personal computer for your use when you work at home, and do this on the computer in the computer lab when in class. Using TealWare to Access SAS "TealWare" is the name that UNCW has given to a group of computer software programs that UNCW has purchased for students and faculty to use "for free" (er, actually, paid for by your tuition dollars). TealWare itself is not a computer program; rather, it is a website where you can go to use other computer programs. We will use TealWare to access the SAS computer program.
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