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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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By On a Journey - Published on
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I support a fairly large SAS community in the private sector. I always recommend this book, but it isn't for everyone. I always recommend the most current version too. Maybe those reviewing this text at such a low level expected more detailed coverage. If you are a documentation junkie with considerable IT background, then go to the SAS site and read the documentation or purchase the course notes. The Little SAS Book is a series of short articles that hit all topics for a new SAS user. Many new SAS users have limited computing skills, e.g., Word and Excel, and our plunging into advanced statistics courses. The book is written in a folksy kind of style which might turn off some readers. If you have strong IT skills and now supporting statisticians that know SAS, then this book will aid in the conversation.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
This book is for beginners. Dec 28 2009
By Simulaman™ - Published on
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I am a Ph.D. student who purchased the book for a statistics course. After all the great reviews I was hoping for much, much more from this book. It is written for beginners to both computer programming and SAS. If you have experience in either programming or SAS you will outgrow this book in a couple days. This book WAS useful for understanding the SAS programming language's syntax (which is both archaic and complex.) However, the book is written as a series of basic tutorials; as a result it makes a poor reference book. In hind sight, I would search for some online tutorials and skip this book.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding Little Book Nov. 9 2009
By Mikky - Published on
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This book is amazingly useful for SAS beginners and professional alike. It gives you an easy understanding of programming in SAS. I will definately recommend this book as a first choice to anyone interested in SAS.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good, Introductory Book Oct. 23 2010
By Charles Jacobsen - Published on
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Great book for your first experience with SAS! This is the missing tutorial guide.

For getting comfortable with SAS, I would recommend this book _instead_ of Learning SAS in the Computer Lab _or_ the Base SAS 9 Certification guide because

--you will learn all of the simple but mysterious things, like how to open/use a permanent SAS dataset and view its contents (variable names, number of observations, etc.)


--the basics of the data step, creating reports, creating macros, and using the ODS


--each section is concise and easy to read (only 2 pages long)


--each section has an example--data and sample program--you can test out and fiddle with (Base SAS 9 Cert. Guide does not)

It scores very high on all of the standard criteria for any book: well-written, images clean and readable, good typesetting, well organized. You can tell those involved in making this book have spent a lot of time putting it together and improving it, over many years.

Programmers like myself will still feel like this book is only a first step. The other two books I mentioned have their merits. Learning SAS in the Computer Lab goes into more detail about statistical procedures. The Little SAS Book only has one chapter on statistics, yet this chapter is packed with information, and it even covers things like PROC SGPLOT that Learning SAS in the Comp Lab does not.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great book April 7 2010
By J. Edwards - Published on
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This is an excellent reference on how to manage data in SAS. If you are looking for a guide for detailed statistical analysis, you probably won't be pleased; however, if you need a quick reference on how to manipulate data and perform basic summary statistics, this is the absolute best book out there.