Periodically SAS releases patches to fix bugs. Sometimes SAS will bundle these together into service packs to make them easier to download and install. To check for hot fixes and service packs you can go to the SAS support website. For a guide to installing hot fixes to SAS 9.2, see our page Updating SAS 9.2 for Windows.
From the menu bar at the top of the SAS window, click on Help, and then About SAS 9.
Help About SAS 9
The information on which version of SAS you are running is in the first section labeled "Software Information."
If they were installed, you can access the help files from within SAS 9.2:
Help SAS Help and Documentation
The SAS help and documentation is also available via the internet.
Sometimes you may begin a job in SAS and need to stop it before it has finished running. You might want to "kill" a job if a procedure is taking inordinately long and you think something is wrong, or if your code accidentally produces an infinite loop. To "kill" the job, simply click on the circle with an exclamation point inside it, located in the bar of icons at the upper right hand side of your SAS window.
Sometimes windows may seem to disappear. This can happen in several ways: you can click out of the window so another window is covering it, SAS can automatically move you to another window, or you can close the window without meaning to. If one of the first two scenarios has taken place, your window is simply covered up by another window, and can be brought to the front using the tabs at the bottom of your SAS window.
If the missing window doesn't show up in the tabs at the bottom of your screen, you may have accidentally closed the window. To restore the window, you can select log or output from the view menu (as described below) to get the window back. If the window in question is anything other than an editor window, none of the information in file will have changed. If you accidentally close an editor window, you can use the view menu to open a new editor window, but you will lose any unsaved changes to your program. If you saved your program before you closed the editor window, you can use the file menu to open the program file in the editor.
View click on the appropriate item
For information on how you can customize SAS see our page Customizing SAS 9.2.
If you already have a copy of SAS 9.0 or later, SAS 9.2 is a free update. If you are a member of the UCLA community, an installation DVD is available from Software Central (see contact information below).
If you are a member of the UCLA community, the current version of SAS can be purchased from Software Central.
A list of programs available from Software Central is available from http://www.softwarecentral.ucla.edu/product_list.htm.
Software Central can be contacted by phone at 206-4780 or 825-7402, or via email at SoftwareCentral@ats.ucla.edu.
SAS comes with all of the datasets that appear in the examples and documentation. To access these datasets, first click on the Explorer tab at the bottom left of your SAS window. If the "Active Libraries" are currently displayed, double click on the icon labeled Sashelp. If the "Active Libraries" are not currently displayed, you will need to navigate to it. If you start out in the "Contents of 'SAS Environment," you can access the "Active Libraries" by clicking on the icon labeled "Libraries." If you are currently viewing another library, you can move up one or more levels by clicking on View and then on Up One Level. The Sashelp library and the folders within it contain all of the example datasets.
SAS automatically saves files generated by the Output Delivery System (ODS) to the current folder (directory). The current folder is shown in the bar that runs across the very bottom of your SAS window. This folder is frequently not where you would like to have your ODS output saved. To change the current folder:
Tools Options Change Current Folder
You should also be aware that ODS can produce a lot of files, so we tend to advise users to turn ODS on just before the procedure that will produce the output and to turn it off just after that procedure has run. We also recommend that if you have used ODS in the current session, be sure to check the current folder for unnecessary ODS output files.
Choosing the Correct Statistical Test
Includes guidelines for choosing the correct non-parametric test
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