Western Users of SAS Software 2008

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Die Western Users of SAS Software 2008 (WUSS 2008) war die 16. Konferenz in der Reihe Western Users of SAS Software, die sich als Zielgruppe an Anwender der SAS-Software in den südwestlichen Bundesstaaten der USA wendet. Sie fand vom 5. bis zum 7. November 2008 im kalifornischen Universal City statt.

Ausgerichtet wurde die Konferenz von der gleichnamigen Non-Profit-Organisation Western Users of SAS Software. Die Leitung übernahmen Mary Federico Katz („Operations Chair“) und Patrick Thornton („Academic Program Chair“).

Vorträge und Veranstaltungen


  • Rick Langston: SAS 9.2 Classic and Platform Releases: What's New and Upcoming.

Analytics & Statistics

  • Nikki Carroll: Application of Segmented Regression Analysis to the Kaiser Permanente Colorado Critical Drug Interaction Program.
  • Xiao Chen: Score Test of Proportionality Assumption for Cox Models.
  • Daniel DiPrimeo, Jonathan Squire, Yucheng Shiu, Minta Wu, Daisy Wang: Confidence Intervals By Linear or Loglog: You Can Have Them All! PROC LIFETEST In SAS v. 8 vs. v. 9.
  • Michael Doherty: Automating the process of choosing among highly correlated covariates for multivariable logistic regression.
  • George Fernandez: User-friendly SAS® Macro Application for performing all possible mixed model selection - An update.
  • Aimee Foreman, Ginny Lai, Dave Miller: Surviving Left Truncation Using PROC PHREG.
  • Sara Yuewen Gao: Using PROC REPORT to Describe Case and Control Comparisons.
  • Lida Gharibvand: Using Unobserved Components Model (UCM) for a Stock Price Fluctuation.
  • Lida Gharibvand, Daniel Jeske, Solomon Liao: Evaluation of a Hospice Care Referral Program Using Cox Proportional Hazards Model.
  • R. Scott Leslie: Calculating Medication Compliance, Adherence, and Persistence in Administrative Pharmacy Claims Databases.
  • R. Scott Leslie: Image is Almost Everything: Displaying Statistics Via ODS.
  • Keiko Powers: Testing Performance of Various Confidence Interval Methods for Non-Normal Means.
  • Anpalaki Ragavan: Comparing efficiency of cross validated partial least squares regression and ridge regression models in predicting spatial variability of total nitrogen concentration in Truckee River, Nevada.

Applications Development

  • Jim Anderson: Looping at a Higher Level — The %for Macro.
  • Nathaniel Derby: An Optimal Way to Import Excel Worksheets into PC SAS.
  • Ronald Fehd: SmryEachVar: A Data-Review Routine for All Data Sets in a Libref.
  • Jack Hamilton: Generating Code with PROC REPORT.
  • Dale Harrington: Generic Automated Data Dictionary for any SAS data set or format library.
  • Joe Perry: A Hi-Velocity SAS Coding: Applying Engineering Principles to SAS Programming Tasks.
  • Joe Perry: SAS to MS-Excel, Auto-Loading a Full SAS Library into a Multi-Tabbed, Labeled Column, Excel Spreadsheet.
  • Joe Perry: Turning long-skinny data into short-wide data datasets the easy way.
  • Lorne Salter, Gordon Cumming: A Practical Powerful Version control in SAS projects- a rapid, Walk-through Workshop.
  • Jason Secosky: User-Written DATA Step Functions.
  • James Van Campen: An Introduction to PERL Regular Expressions in SAS.
  • Wynn Zheng: Using SAS/AF for Managing Clinical Data.

Coder’s Corner

  • William Benjamin Jr: Windows and Unix Computers Now Have Multiple CPU’s; Why Not Control Two or Three or More Parallel Executing SAS Batch Jobs from One Master Job!
  • Thomas Billings: Processing multiple formats with input and output control data sets in PROC FORMAT.
  • Ronald Fehd: Using Functions SYSFUNC and IFC to Conditionally Execute Statements in Open Code.
  • Stanley Fogleman: SAS® and Oracle® PL/SQL™: Partners or Competitors?
  • Stanley Fogleman: Teaching a New Dog Old Tricks - Using the EXCEPT Operator in PROC SQL and Generation Data Sets to Produce a Comparison Report.
  • Jagannath Ghosh: Macro for Managing Date Variable in Oncology Research.
  • Dennis Gianneschi: General Methods to Use Special Characters.
  • Orla Hayden: Working with Longitudinal Data.
  • Kirk Lafler: Exploring the Undocumented PROC SQL® _METHOD Option.
  • Kathryn Martin: ACCESS-ible SAS Formats and Labels.
  • Keiko Powers: Efficient Statistical Programming? — Let's Work on Those Data Steps First.
  • Jason Secosky: A Sampler of What's New in Base SAS® 9.2.
  • Patrick Thornton: Documenting SAS® Macro Programs using CATALOGS.
  • Jerry Tsai: Efficiently Handle Lists of Items using the SAS Macro Language — Save Time and Reduce Errors.
  • Rajesh Venkkataram: Simple and Effective Way to Validate Clinical Graphs.

Data Presentation and Business Intelligence

  • Elizabeth Ceranowski: Moving from Listing Reports to Visual Reports using SAS/GRAPH Maps.
  • Annmaria DeMars: Moving from data to information: SAS programming to reduce statistical and programming errors.
  • Nathaniel Derby: Creating Your Own Worksheet Formats in exportToXL.
  • Dennis Gianneschi: Seven Steps to Regulatory Publication Style With Proc Report.
  • Jack Hamilton: SAS on a Mac? Yes!
  • Pete Lund: Make Your Tables Pop: Embedding Micrographics in PROC REPORT Output.
  • Brian Ramos: Data Dependent Highlighting in Excel — Let Your Data Shine.
  • Alexandre Zolotovitski: Combined Line — Double Bubbles — Pie chart.

Databases and Warehouses

  • William Benjamin Jr: So, You've Got Data Enterprise Wide (SAS, ACCESS, EXCEL, MySQL, Oracle, and Others); Well, Let SAS Enterprise Guide Software Point-n-Click Your Way to Using It.
  • Eric Elkin: E Pluribus Unum: How to Obtain One Observation from Multiple Observations by Limiting, Reshaping, and Summarizing Data.
  • Ronald Fehd: Database Vocabulary: Is Your Data Set a Dimension (LookUp) Table, a Fact Table or a Report?
  • Stanley Fogleman: You've just bought a Data Warehouse. Now what?
  • Kirk Lafler: Building Effective SAS® Indexes using Short and Distinct Keys, Covered Queries and Clustered Indexes.
  • Kirk Lafler: Demystifying PROC SQL® Join Algorithms.
  • Candice Miller: Getting SAS® to Play Nice With Others: Connecting SAS® to Microsoft SQL Server.
  • Patrick Thornton: SAS® DICTIONARY: Step by Step.
  • Mike Whitcher: New SAS® Performance Optimizations to Enhance Your SAS® Client and Solution Access to the Database.

Hands–on Workshops

  • Art Carpenter: PROC REPORT: Compute Block Basics — Part II Practicum.
  • Vince DelGobbo: Tips and Tricks for Creating Multi-Sheet Microsoft Excel Workbooks the Easy Way with SAS®.
  • Lora Delwiche, Susan Slaughter: Using PROC SGPLOT for Quick High Quality Graphs.
  • Ronald Fehd, Art Carpenter: List Processing Basics: Creating and Using Lists of Macro Variables.
  • Angela Hall: SAS® Web Report Studio Basics.
  • Kirk Lafler: A Hands-on Tour Inside the World of PROC SQL®.
  • Susan Slaughter, Lora Delwiche: Writing Code in SAS® Enterprise Guide®.

Management Careers and Professional Development

  • Brenda Beaty: Once you “know” SAS®, How to Keep Learning It.
  • Raoul Bernal: Beef up your career: job survival steps during this economic recession.
  • Robert Cruz: Finite State Machines as a Design Technique for SAS Programs; or, Turing the State of SAS.
  • Kirk Lafler, Charles Shipp: What's Hot, What's Not - Skills for SAS® Professionals.
  • Joe Perry: SAS Styles® ODS, Right? No Programming! Discover a Professional SAS Programming Style That Will Last a Career.
  • Dave Polus: Clinical Programming at a Crossroads: Meeting Today's Challenges and Preparing for Tomorrow.


  • Wei Cheng: When Simpler is Better — Visualizing Laboratory Data Using “SG Procedures”.
  • Roberto Mayoral Hernández, Lindsey Chen: An Unaccusative Categorization of ‘Swarm’ Type Verbs in Spanish: An Application of SAS® to Linguistic Research.
  • Arkady Kushnir: Statistical Analysis of Source of Nitrogen in Q-BOP Steel.
  • Nora Ruel, Arthur Li: A Dynamic Way to Manipulate Longitudinal Data with SAS.
  • Diana Suhr: Step your way through Path Analysis.

SAS Essentials Workshops

  • Brenda Beaty: Fully “Function”-al: A Brief Tour of Selected SAS® Numeric Functions.
  • Casey Cantrell: A Hands-On Introduction to SAS Programming.
  • Ginger Carey, Helen Carey: How to Find Answers: Using SAS® Resources.
  • Art Carpenter: The MEANS/SUMMARY Procedure: Getting Started and Doing More.
  • Nikki Carroll: Tap into the Power of Formats.
  • Paul Choate: The Power of the BY Statement.
  • Ron Cody: An Introduction to SAS Character Functions.
  • Arthur Li: The Essence of DATA STEP Programming.
  • Carter Sevick: The Essentials of Finding the Distinct, Unique, and Duplicate Values in Your Data.
  • Lisa Smith: Demystifying Popular SAS Procedures.
  • Diana Suhr: Programming Efficiently with Arrays.


  • William Benjamin Jr: Easy Ways to get SAS Enterprise Guide to Send Tables and Graphs to Microsoft Office Suite, Without Writing Code!
  • Art Carpenter: Building and Using User Defined Formats.
  • Art Carpenter: PROC REPORT: Compute Block Basics — Part I Tutorial.
  • Jimmy Efird: Computing power and sample size using the using the SAS® System.
  • George Fernandez: Quick and Complete Statistical Analyses Using SAS Enterprise Guide.
  • Lida Gharibvand: A Step-by-Step Guide to Survival Analysis.
  • R. Scott Leslie: Using Propensity Scores To Adjust For Treatment Selection Bias.
  • David Pasta: Learning When To Be Discrete: Continuous vs. Categorical Predictors.
  • Carter Sevick: “Table 1” in Scientific Manuscripts; Using PROC REPORT and the ODS System.
  • Kathryn Valdes: Missing by Design: Questionnaire Skip Logic.
  • Renato Villacorte: SAS Fundamentals For Survey Data Processing.