The Applications Development section offers a wide array of topics which spans topics such as SAS macros design, maximizing performance and data cleaning. Papers in this section will focus on how SAS can be customized, extended or used in concert with other software packages to develop or improve a process. This outstanding collection of papers features industry-specific solutions in the areas of drug development, predictive modeling, customer retention and healthcare insurance. These presentations provide solutions to common issues that occur in different workplaces. Authors from different industries will give a step-by-step approach to in-database processing techniques of building a data warehouse for decision support. The section also includes presentations on programming tools and approaches for developing your own applications, as well as papers on SAS modules that can significantly improve performance and sustainability, such as the JMP Application Builder, SAS Integration Technologies, Information Map Studio, Web Report Studio and the SAS Portal. A case study of performance tuning will also be presented.
Building Blocks is aimed at both beginning and intermediate programmers. Some topics might be very fundamental like the DATA step and simple PROCs, but it will also expand to more advanced topics like ODS, Macro, SQL, as well as efficient DATA step programming. These presentations will provide beginners greater understanding of how to use SAS to solve analytical, reporting, and data management issues, and will help intermediate programmers implement enhanced techniques and take advantage of the many possibilities afforded by SAS software.
Are you feeling puzzled or perplexed about your SAS Code? Does your SAS process run great except for one trouble spot that you can't figure out? Would your SAS task benefit from an expert's opinion? The Code Doctors can identify the symptoms, diagnose the problems, and prescribe the treatments!
This unique section provides SAS users the opportunity to bring their problematic SAS code and SAS processes for a one-on-one consultation with experts from the SAS user community! The Code Doctors staffing the clinic have expertise in syntax, best-practices, and concepts across a broad range of SAS topics. Specific areas of specialty include Base SAS, Macros, Report Writing, ODS, SQL, SAS Enterprise Guide®, and Statistics. If you don’t see your specific ailment listed, contact the Hospital Administrator listed at the top of the page.
Be sure to bring a hard copy and/or electronic file with your code, processes, and/or logs for the Code Doctor to examine the symptoms, diagnose the problems, and suggest the remedies. You will enjoy and benefit from the personalized learning experience.
Every SAS programmer from the beginner to the expert has found new or unusual ways to solve problems with SAS. Coders' Corner is the place to share tips and tricks, useful nuggets of programming, or techniques that make jobs easier. Presentations are 10 minutes in length and can come from any of a broad range of topics. If you have found a solution to a problem that was (de)bugging you or have worked out a dynamic short-cut, come and share your knowledge. What might now seem simple to you could unlock a SAS mystery for another user!
These 2-hour sessions will be presented utilizing a live SAS session where the presenter will demonstrate code and procedures in real time. The datasets and code will also be available for download prior to the session, enabling attendees to submit the code on their personal computers if desired. This session is best for step-by-step presentation of:
Data step programming
Dates and times
Functions and formats
New Features of SAS
Papers will be selected based upon content and the presenter's proven ability to present in an interactive SAS session. The presenter will need to prepare a power point as well as sample code for demonstration.
Papers in the Pharma & Healthcare section will focus on using the SAS® System to find solutions for analysis and reporting as it relates to drug/device discovery, disease prevention, patient care and satisfaction, insurance risk and operations, 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 reporting and data processing requirements which relate to the Affordable Care Act.
The use of healthcare data to evaluate quality of care, possible fraud and patient satisfaction in a hospital setting.
If all or part of your SAS time includes supporting users, whether through systems architecture and administration or through consulting, training, and hiring, this section is the place for you to share your experiences with other members of the SAS community. This section will include guidelines, best practices, techniques, and resources for working efficiently and effectively in the SAS support community. Possible topics are:
SAS Systems architecture and administration, including:
Installation, deployment, and migration
Performance monitoring and tuning
Other SAS systems support, including:
Recruiting, hiring and maintaining qualified staff
The Poster Section covers any area including: SAS® fundamentals; statistics; business intelligence; medical research, data mining; survey/panel results; social networking; and industry applications for the pharmaceutical, finance, education, environmental and entertainment industries; and all uses of SAS software. Ideally, a well-constructed poster is self-explanatory, achieving both coverage and clarity. Posters will be displayed on a standard size of 48 in. by 60 in. In addition, a corresponding paper based upon the poster will be published in the conference proceedings. There will be a time to meet authors to discuss their posters with conference attendees (“Meet the Presenter” session). Submissions are welcomed from attendees at all levels of SAS experience.
The Reporting and Information Visualization section contains presentations that demonstrate visualizing and presenting data in unique and innovative ways. We would like to hear about techniques and creative ways for representation of data for effective communication. Visual representation and interactive techniques allow users to intuitively explore, discover and comprehend large amounts of information.
Topics appropriate to this section include, but are not limited to:
Output Delivery System (ODS) or Graphics Template Language (GTL)
Customized reports, graphics, and maps
Business intelligence dashboards/balanced scorecards
SAS® to Excel and other Microsoft products
SAS Visual Data Discovery tools for visual analytics, visual querying and data filtering
SAS integration with Google Earth and GPS data
Applications utilizing ODS Statistical Graphics
It is preferred that papers submitted include a display of the system or results and should include some programming code and indicate SAS version required.
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. We would like to hear about innovative uses of JMP software and scenarios where integration between JMP and SAS has made a major impact.
Presentations in the Statistics and Data Analysis section address the transformation of raw data into useful information. For SESUG 2014, 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.