Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson
Director, Methodology and Data Analysis Center
Sanford Research

How long have you been using SAS®?

39 years.

What SAS products have you used in the past? What products and solutions are you currently using?

Base SAS, SAS/IML®, SAS/STAT®, SAS/FSP®, SAS macro language, and SAS ODS. I use SAS for longitudinal analysis of clinical trials and medical experiments. I am particularly fond of the capabilities of the SAS macro language, which allows a solution for one variable to be extended to others. SAS ODS facilitates the export of results from procedures to be used as input to other procedures, and makes SAS fully compliant with all reproducible research requirements.

What is a problem you have solved using SAS?

From 1997 to 2009, I was Associate Professor of Biostatistics at Washington University. I used a macro application in conjunction with HTMSQL and SAS/IntrNet® to manage data over the Internet from 20-30 different clinics for five different clinical trials. This approach, which I termed the Web Data Entry System, allowed for maximum flexibility in data collection. We were able to use SAS, LaTeX, JavaScript and CSS to collect accurate data, provide customized forms, and make alterations in forms easily.

What is the most innovative way you have used SAS?

I have written a macro which produces Table 1 (the table of descriptive information) for any paper from an arbitrary mix of quantitative and qualitative variables, and a mixture of standard and nonstandard statistics.

What is your most memorable SAS moment?

The first time I wrote a SAS program. It went out to the Internet, got a response, and returned that response to SAS.

How has SAS changed in the time you have been using it?

SAS ODS was the most fundamental change in the way sophisticated users handle data. With SAS ODS, the path from data, to analysis, to report, to final document is seamless.

Have you ever attended a SAS users group meeting or SAS Global Forum? If yes, please list them.

SUGI: 1985, 1989, 1995, 1997, 2002.
SAS Global Forum: 2007, 2011 (I think).
I have given 14 talks at local, regional and national meetings.

Has your work with SAS been influenced by any other members of the SAS community?

Of course. Particularly in the beginning, there was a strong community on various Internet boards, and I contributed to solutions and posed questions. SAS users are always extremely helpful to others, and are mostly kind to newbies.

If you could point a new SAS user to one resource, what would it be?

SAS ODS documentation.

SAS Circle of Excellence - 30 Years

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