Back to Basics section is designed to sequentially guide new SAS users through the basics of SAS programming. Presentations introduce the basic concepts of using DATA and PROC steps. All presentations are given by experienced users with expertise in the specific area being presented. Topics will include, but are not limited to, the use of these SAS components to address basic analytical, reporting, and data management applications.
Beyond the Basics addresses advanced programming concepts for intermediate level programmers. These presentations will push your skills to the next level. The section will cover topics ranging from ODS techniques, Macro concepts, efficient PROC and DATA step programming features, SAS Enterprise Guide functionality, integration with 3rd party software and databases, innovative applications, data integration, to reporting or analytics solutions available using the SAS Business Intelligence suite.
Session attendees will find that the Black Belt section highlights some of the most unique SAS® programming innovations. Advanced topics and techniques will be illustrated with a focus on spreading their utilization to a wider audience. While not generally for SAS beginners, this session hopes to highlight some of the best original work of users in this region who are finding innovative ways to tackle unusual problems.
Need to get the sand out from between your fingers & toes? Then the Hands-on Workshops, HOW, is where you want to be. Attendees will get real-world hands-on (or feets-on, if you prefer) experience using SAS and/or JMP. Hands-on Workshops are a blend of insightful lectures and exercises that demonstrate fresh new approaches in the use of SAS or JMP. If you enjoy learning by doing, then the HOW is for you!
As SAS® professionals, we tend to primarily focus on the quality of the programs we write and the results we provide. However, in order for us to achieve our day-to-day goals, a lot of work has to be done behind the scenes – the initial Planning and Administration aspect of programming. This section will shine the spotlight on those skills!
Among the topics of interest are:
Recruiting, Hiring, and Maintaining qualified staff
SAS tools and products for reporting and information visualization include BI tools and Enterprise Guide as well as traditional products like Base SAS, SAS/GRAPH, and ODS. Here's your opportunity to see how others visualize and present data in their applications and reports. Presentations will include a display of the results as well as programming code.
JMP®, the statistical discovery software from SAS®, provides users with the ability to explore and discover hidden stories and trends in data while easily converting this information into visual displays to share with end users. Hear how JMP has been used across a variety of industries to answer questions and facilitate discovery!
Papers in the Pharma & Healthcare section will focus on using SAS® technologies to find solutions for analysis and reporting as it relates to drug/device discovery, disease prevention, patient care, the needs of insurance providers, as well as local and national healthcare agencies. Possible topics include:
Discussions of the use of SAS® Drug Development, SAS Clinical Data Integration and SAS Patient Safety.
Various aspects of implementing CDISC standards such as the Study Data Tabulation Model (SDTM) and the Analysis Data Model (ADaM).
Solutions to common problems that can surface during a clinical trial such as those that occur in clinical programming and biostatistics.
The use of healthcare data to evaluate quality of care in any healthcare setting.
The use of SAS to provide optimization of clinical research or analysis of healthcare data.
The impact of health policy changes and solutions for providers or insurers.
Presentations in the Statistics and Data Analysis section address the transformation of raw data into useful information. For SESUG 2013, this section will include topics that will be of interest to a wide range of SAS® users, including statistical analysts, statistical programmers, statisticians and DATA step programmers. Papers do not need to present new statistical methods, although such topics are always welcome. Innovative applications of established methods to new or unusual scenarios are also appropriate for this section. In addition, presentations are sought that involve the application of methods that many users of SAS statistics may not commonly see, such as methods for categorical, longitudinal or censored data. Methods to facilitate analysis of very large data arrays, such as those that result from genetic studies or national surveys, are also sought for this section. It is important to keep in mind that the audience will represent a broad spectrum of users of statistical methods, so the presentations can range from basic applications to complex analyses.
Authors in Coders’ Corner ride the wave of a variety of SAS concepts with short 10-minute presentations, each focusing on a single topic. Don’t want to have a boatload of your time tied up with any one idea? Come and learn from up-and-comers as well as seasoned SAS captains. These dips into SAS may include powerful but obscure syntax or coding suggestions, work-arounds for hard-to-correct errors, discussion of undocumented features, and algorithms or macros that may be widely applicable but underutilized. Coders’ Corner is an oasis of ideas!
“Doctor, Doctor give me the news” – the good news is the code doctors will be back to help you with your coding ills. If you are struggling with a particular problem, bring the code and sample data on a memory stick and the code doctors will help you diagnose the problem. If you have a general “how does this work” question drop by for an explanation.
The Poster Section covers any area including: SAS® fundamentals; statistics; data analysis; data visualization; application of statistical graphics: business intelligence; medical research, data mining; survey/panel results; social networking; and industry applications for the pharmaceutical, finance, education and entertainment industries; and all uses of SAS software. Ideally, a well-constructed poster is self-explanatory, achieving both coverage and clarity. There will be a time to meet authors and to discuss their posters (“Meet the Presenter” session).
Abbas Tavakoli, Joan Culley, Hein Laura, Blake Frazier and Williams Amber
The Bonus section is for those gems that almost slipped through the cracks and for any encore papers that you might have missed the first time. Please check the app for the encores that will be added to these two stellar talks.