Getting Started with STAT 481Getting Started with STAT 481
When taking an on-line course, it is very important to understand how the course is organized, what is expected of you as a student, and what kinds of special materials might be included in the course. You need to make sure that you know how to use the course materials effectively so that you can take full advantage of the value that they bring to your learning experience. The primary purpose of this introductory set of materials is to introduce you to the course and the instructor, as well as some technical and administrative issues.
Every lesson in this course will contain an overview similar to this one here. The lesson overview will highlight the learning objectives and outcomes of the lesson, as well as provide you with a "to do" list for the lesson.
- describe how the course is organized
- know where to find more detailed information about the course, including contact information, course requirements, and course deadlines
- identify links to special course materials
- navigate a viewlet
- open a SAS program within the SAS application on your computer
- open data files for use with SAS programs
- post a message and read others' messages on a lesson discussion board
- complete an on-line mastery quiz
0.1 - Getting Started0.1 - Getting Started
0.2 - Getting Started with SAS0.2 - Getting Started with SAS
Obtaing a Copy of SAS
Visit the Statistical Software page on the Penn State Department of website page to view the information on how to obtain a copy of SAS
Setting up your copy of SAS
Now that you have obtained your copy of SAS, what do you need to do next?
If you purchased SAS 9.4 from the Computer Store, you will need to do a few things to get it ready for this class.
Install the Software
The SAS software comes on a series of DVDs. Plan on this taking several hours to complete. You are going to be setting up a "Software Depot" and then installing SAS from there. In most cases the defaults offered during installation are going to be your best choice.
Declaring your Default Program
There are now two versions of SAS on your computer, Enterprise Guide and SAS 9.4. You should go to your Default Programs Control Panel in Windows and set SAS 9.4 as the default for the .sas extension. Enterprise Guide, which was the default takes control away from you, the programmer, and will not work for the purposes of this course.
Turn off HTML Output
SAS 9.4 defaults to HTML output. Again, this takes control away from you, the programmer. Go into the Tools Menu in SAS and select Options>Preferences. Select the Results Tab in the Preferences Window. Uncheck the box that says "Create HTML". Now check the box that says "Create listing". You will also want to unselect the box for Using ODS Graphics.
That's it, you are done and ready to learn how to program in SAS.
0.3 - Special Course Materials0.3 - Special Course Materials
Throughout the lesson pages, you will occasionally see links to special materials. The purpose of the special materials is to display examples, "walk you through" something, or to provide you with an additional explanation of the concepts covered in the lesson.
Throughout the course you will encounter SAS code similar to the example below. By hovering over the icons In the upper right hand corner you will have the option of copying ( ) the data to your clipboard or downloading ( ) to your computer.
Go ahead — give it a try!
DATA temp1; input subj 1-4 gender 6 height 8-9 weight 11-13; DATALINES; 1024 1 65 125 1167 1 68 140 1168 2 68 190 1201 2 72 190 1302 1 63 115 ; RUN; PROC PRINT data=temp1; title 'Output dataset: TEMP1'; RUN;
Relevant datasets are occasionally linked within a lesson, so that you can use them in an external SAS program. Data sets that are stored as text files have a ".txt" or ".dat" extension, while SAS data sets have a ".sas7bdat" extension. We'll mostly just want to save the data sets to a specific location on our computers so that we can use them within the SAS application.
If you want to download and save the data set to a specific location on your computer, click the link and adialog box will appear and allow you to save the text file to the location you choose on your computer.