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The Little SAS Book: A Primer

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  236 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Getting started with SAS is easy with The Little SAS Book. This friendly, easy-to-read guide gently introduces you to the most commonly used features of SAS software plus a whole lot more! Authors Lora Delwiche and Susan Slaughter have revised the text to include concepts of the Output Delivery System; the STYLE= option in the PRINT, REPORT, and TABULATE procedures; ODS HT ...more
Paperback, Third Edition, 330 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by SAS Institute (first published November 10th 1998)
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Feb 29, 2008 Don rated it really liked it
Good as a primer. Not much else.
Feb 06, 2014 Ellie rated it it was ok
Shelves: statistics

I didn't think this book was that useful. I didn't like the layout, and could never find what I was looking for. The title is accurate; it is a primer. It isn't intended as a reference source, and that is probably what I needed.

I prefer SAS Institute documentation,

such as SAS 9.4 Language Reference: Concepts

SAS 9.4 Language Reference Concepts by SAS Institute and

Getting Started with SAS Enterprise Miner 6.1.

The author, Lora D. Delwiche, has written other SAS guides that I liked more than the Primer.

Oct 24, 2008 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I actually have the first edition of this. I bought it in 2001 when I knew my job was going to include SAS.

If you are a regular programmer learning SAS then be prepared to think entirely differently. This book did help with that. Basically, for SAS your whole program is one big old foreach loop.

Anyway, I rarely use SAS any more but I won't get rid of this book just in case. I had a different SAS book that I used sometimes but this one was by far more helpful most of the time.
Jan 02, 2009 Jessica rated it liked it
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I read this when I was programming (I guess that is obvious). It was helpful, but the class was more helpful. When the professor and another professor came to help try to decode the original program, I understood and went back to this help for assistance after they were gone. They really taught me the basics.
This was used as a supplemental reading to Applied Statistics and the SAS Programming Language. Very informative, but given the choice, I would have stuck with the other book.
Jul 13, 2013 Nathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this an invaluable introduction to SAS programming, and as a system administrator, I think this should be required reading for anyone using SAS, or responsible for managing a SAS environment for customers.
Jul 11, 2009 Mohammad rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biostatistics
Wonderful World , "SAS" , I gonna live there !!!
This book is my Bible for this new statistical world !
it is really useful for new users and good reference for advanced one.

Andrew Hunt
Good to get a feel for SAS, but if you're looking more for design or anything beyond a simple proc glm code then this book will not be very helpful.
Dave Jones
Oct 19, 2010 Dave Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: technology, how-to
Good introduction to the SAS programming language. I still refer to it occasionally.
John Toncinich
Oct 15, 2008 John Toncinich rated it really liked it
Very simple read, even those who have limited to no programming background
Sep 14, 2012 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty basic but does the job as a supplement.

Used it for STATS 301.
Aug 16, 2007 Irwan rated it liked it
Shelves: finished, skim-reading, it
It answered my question left by the previous book on this application.
Apr 21, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
pretty good. however, no sense of plot. /typical non-fiction joke
Sep 10, 2007 Em rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
good introduction to SAS, including examples of SAS code.
Feb 21, 2007 Carla rated it really liked it
Shelves: technical
probably the best book for SAS programming neonates.
Vicki Fu
Jun 28, 2010 Vicki Fu rated it really liked it
Too easy, maybe because SAS itself is very easy
Aug 28, 2009 Benjamin rated it liked it
Actually using the Fourth Edition
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