SAS Starter Kit

This page is intended for people who:

Are just starting
  • to learn SAS
  • to utilize basic statistical procedures
Have a question or two about
  • how to do a simple task in SAS
  • how to interpret the output from commonly used procedures
Want a quick refresher
  • on how to do basic tasks in SAS
  • on frequently used statistical procedures and the interpretation of their output.

These materials have been collected from various places on our website and have been ordered so that you can, in step-by-step fashion, develop the skills needed to conduct common analyses in SAS.

Getting familiar with SAS

  • Class notes with movies:  There is no point in waiting to take an introductory class on how to use SAS.  Instead, we have movies of our introductory class that you can watch online.  The movies follow the class notes.
  • The Little SAS Book by Lora Delwiche and Susan Slaughter is an excellent resource for getting started using SAS.  UCLA researchers (not students) can borrow this book from us for a quarter, see stat books for loan for details.
  • Learning modules:  We have developed a set of web pages called learning modules which show you how to accomplish basic data management tasks in SAS, including how to get data into SAS, how to recode variable and how to subset data.  The SAS code and the output produced are shown, as well as tips on things to look out for.

Getting familiar with the statistical procedures

  • What statistical analysis should I use?:  This page contains a table describing the variables used in your analysis and suggests the kinds of statistical analyses that can be done based on the kinds of variables that you have.
  • Regression with SAS:  We have written a webbook describing how to do regression analysis in SAS.
  • Textbook examples:  We have examples from popular textbooks and worked them out using SAS.  So if you are reading and see an example of the kind of analysis that you want to do, you can use the code we have for that example to use as a template.
  • Stat books for loan:  We have hundreds of books covering a wide variety of topics in statistics that you can borrow, usually for two weeks.  Great books to borrow (or buy!) include The Little SAS Book by  Lora Delwiche and Susan Slaughter and Regression with Graphics by Lawrence Hamilton.  Also, we have a listing of online books.

Getting familiar with the output

  • Annotated output:  We have taken the output from common statistical procedures and annotated each piece of it, telling you what each item means and how to interpret it.

Going further

  • Frequently Asked Questions:  We have a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) that cover a wide range of topics.
  • Seminars:  These are notes (some with movies) of 90-minute seminars that we have done on specific topics.
  • Links by topic:  This page is a collection of materials from our web site organized by topic, such as data management, regression, graphics, etc.
  • Installing, Customizing, Updating:  These are pages that tell you about installing, customizing and updating SAS.  Keeping your version of SAS up to date is important, as SAS often issues patches to correct minor bugs in the program.
  • SAS online manuals:  We have selected a few of the most commonly used procedures and provided the links to their entries in the online reference guide.  Do not let the manual intimidate you:  all SAS procedures have lots of options, and these pages tell you about these options.

If you are a UCLA researcher and, after working through these materials, have questions you are welcome to visit us in walk-in consulting .  We strongly recommend that you bring with you your data and your SAS program, so that we can look at them together to find a solution.

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