SAS For Dummies (For Dummies Series) ペーパーバック – 2010/3/19
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The fun and easy way to learn to use this leading business intelligence tool
Written by an author team who is directly involved with SAS, this easy-to-follow guide is fully updated for the latest release of SAS and covers just what you need to put this popular software to work in your business. SAS allows any business or enterprise to improve data delivery, analysis, reporting, movement across a company, data mining, forecasting, statistical analysis, and more. SAS For Dummies, 2nd Edition gives you the necessary background on what SAS can do for you and explains how to use the Enterprise Guide.
- SAS provides statistical and data analysis tools to help you deal with all kinds of data: operational, financial, performance, and more
- Places special emphasis on Enterprise Guide and other analytical tools, covering all commonly used features
- Covers all commonly used features and shows you the practical applications you can put to work in your business
- Explores how to get various types of data into the software and how to work with databases
- Covers producing reports and Web reporting tools, analytics, macros, and working with your data
In the easy-to-follow, no-nonsense For Dummies format, SAS For Dummies gives you the knowledge and the confidence to get SAS working for your organization.
Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
Stephen McDaniel is Principal and cofounder of Freakalytics™ LLC, which provides training and consulting for data presentation, visual data exploration, and dashboard development. Chris Hemedinger works in SAS R&D on the team that builds SAS Enterprise Guide, a popular user interface for SAS customers.
There is another issue with this book. And, in my mind it is more important than the mistitling of the book. The visuals are terrible. Many times they were unclear, fuzzy, gray-on-gray, and downright unviewable. The book illustrated some Box plots where you litterally could not see the Box plots at all. Many other graphs were hardly better. Given that SAS Entreprise Guide (SEG) is a beautiful visual interface. That is what makes it user friendly. It is kind of challenging to learn it from a book that does not impart the visual interface well.
The book is not all bad. The two authors are well qualified to teach you about SEG. One of the authors contributed to the initial development of SEG. And, the other managed the SEG development team for a long time. Given that, they both know what they are talking about. In a classic for Dummies style, this book is easily accessible with a lot of examples.
SEG and the related SAS Add-In for Excel are remarkably powerful and user friendly tool. This renders SAS, a very powerful quantitative program, very accessible to non-coders or non-programmers. SEG really serves two purposes. First, it is a great tool for non-programmers who have no intention to ever use a SAS code, or at least keep this coding to a bare minimum. Second, it is also a great tool as a training wheel for aspiring SAS coders. The latter may have acquired good coding aptitude using other programs such as R, Matlab, and Python. And, they would look to get up the speed quickly to be productive in no time using SEG while learning in a more deliberate way SAS codes.
As you can tell, I am a lot more jazzed about the potential of SEG than the overall teaching quality of this book. I later went through the SEG tutorial that, contrary to this book, has excellent visuals. And, I finally could "see" what the authors were really talking about. The book I got, with its poor graphic quality, should not have been released. As is, I am not sure it was the best use of my time to learn SEG with this book.
I view it as a missed opportunity. Given the outstanding background of the authors, and a pretty genuine effort from themselves, with descent visuals this book learning impact on the reader could have been a multiple better than it is. If you are going to write a book teaching about a visual interface you better have good visuals. Otherwise, the readers will have very little to work with and won't learn a thing.
While I like this book, there are a couple weaknesses. There is not enough information on how to check the quality of your data. While the author explains how to make basic subsets of data, there is not enough guidance on how to do more complicated subsetting. For example, taking a subset of records/subjects from a data file using an average is doable using the graphical user interface in EG but the book only mentions it in the context of writing code. Another problem is in the lack of information on doing statistics. If you need a book on analysis this is not a particularly good choice because the discussion is limited to very basic correlation, regression and ANOVA. On the other hand, the author focuses in on basic data validation and the tools needed to check statistical assumptions. So, this combined with a "real" statistics book is an excellent combination. There are a couple of sections that I have not seen written up in any other SAS book including working with OLAP and integration with MS Office as well as a brief introduction to SAS Enterprise Miner.
So, overall this is a good introductory book for the money.
I looked into the "Sas for Dummies" book and it plugged the gaps very well!
I highly, very highly recommend this book if you are thinking about using SAS Enterprise Guide, you won't regret it!