Learning SAS

July 3, 2011

(This article was first published on Enterprise Software Doesn't Have to Suck, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

I want to learn the heavy-weight of Statistical softwares – SAS. It seems like the default choice for high-end statistics and I want to understand why.

I’m working in the healthcare practice in our firm and want to analyze claims and credit data (Terabytes, 50M+ records). Traditional ways (SQL) are limiting and desktop statistical softwares like R and Stata aren’t suitable for such large data analysis. Other contenders (Matlab) don’t seem to be in the same league.

So, its time to take a deep dive into SAS.

I’m looking for some advice to create a learning plan…

Good books

Good tutorials

  • I like video tutorials with examples e.g Statistics202.
  • I also like tutorials from a programmer’s perspective better
  • Anything for SAS out there?

Good blogs


  • Will start exploring this. If you know of someone, please let me know. 

Good training courses in New York area

  • Preferably not the ones run by the company themselves. I’m looking for SAS experts who can run hands-on classes

SAS interest groups in New York area

  • I learn well in a study group. Any meetups?

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