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September 2012  |  subscribe  |  unsubscribe

Dear Readers,

Have you heard the news? Our heart, the core of our programing, has a new numbering system and new features. SAS Statistical Products will now be numbered 12.1 and beyond. Here's a short list of the new features:

  • SAS/STAT ®: New procedures for modern regression analysis, updated Bayesian capabilities and additional graphics.
  • SAS/ETS ®: New estimation features, including Bayesian options, new variable selection methods, a new data access engine and enhancements to existing procedures.
  • SAS/Enterprise Miner™: Improvements to the core user interface, and updates to the SAS Enterprise Miner Credit Scoring nodes and the SAS Enterprise Miner Application nodes.
  • SAS/QC ®: Updates for multivariate process monitoring and other enhancements.
  • SAS/IML ®: Multiple enhancements, including new statistical functions and syntax.
  • SAS/OR®: New features for optimization, simulation and scheduling.
  • SAS® Forecast Server: Updates SAS® Forecast Studio, adds computational features and provides two new clients.
  • SAS® Model Manager: Numerous new enhancements such as the ability to create aggregated reports.
  • SAS® Sentiment Analysis: Many new and enhanced features, such as multi-level taxonomies that drill deeper than two levels.
  • SAS® Text Miner: Many enhancements, such as the new Rule Generator node to help you deliver better text models (Read more about these new features on the Text Frontier blog).

WOW! My thanks go to Memsy Price for sending me this great rundown. You can find more information on the SAS Analytics product page.

Waynette Tubbs
Editor, SAS Tech Report
What's New
SAS Global Forum Chair’s Personal Call »
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New Features for SAS® Enterprise BI Server »
SAS Talks presents SAS Product Manager Rick Styll on September 13. Styll will review the new features and functions available in SAS Enterprise BI Server and SAS Business Intelligence. Follow #sastalks on Twitter to stay on top of all SAS Talks news.
SCSUG Scholarships
Are you a current student using SAS in your studies or in your work or a recently graduated student who used SAS in your studies? Are you a babe to the SAS world – used SAS for three years on the job or less and would not otherwise be funded? Check out this great opportunity to attend SCSUG.
Sixteen New eBook Options
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Tips & Techniques
Put a Little Zip in Your SAS® Program »
In honor of the SAS Global Forum Call for Papers and Rick Mitchell's call for The Year of the Poster, I've included Louise Hadden and Christianna Williams' Best Contributed Paper (Poster) from 2012. Their paper presents a solution to passing SAS macro code through to an external software call.
Subset Results Based on Metadata Group Memberships »
This SAS Sample offers an alternate way to perform a commonly requested task. You can use a stored process to eliminate duplicate values that are caused by multiple group memberships when creating a group-based, identity-driven filter in SAS® Information Map Studio.
Using a Regular Expression to Validate a SAS Variable Name »
Regular expressions provide a powerful method to find patterns in a string of text. However, the syntax for regular expressions is somewhat cryptic and difficult to devise. Chris Hemedinger says that approximately 97 percent of the regular expressions used in code today were copied and pasted from somewhere else.
Create Magic Squares of Any Size Using SAS »
Rick Wicklin says, "Magic squares are cool. Algorithms that create magic squares are even cooler." If you're interested, Rick has researched a way to create magic squares using SAS.
Webcasts & Events

MWSUG 2012
Sept. 16 – 18
Minneapolis, MN 

Analytics 2012
Oct. 8-9
Las Vegas 

SESUG 2012
October 14 – 16

SCSUG 2012
Nov. 5-6
Houston, TX

NESUG 2012
Nov. 11 – 14
Baltimore, Maryland

Best Practices in SAS® Administration
On demand
SAS Users Connecting
Second Annual Data Steward of the Year Award »

It's that time of year again, when we honor the best and brightest – the experts who not only manage your company's data, but keep your business running behind the scenes.

Through September 24, submit your nomination for the Data Steward of the Year Award, also known as the Stewie.
SAS CI Customer Connection »
This years' event will be a great opportunity to network with your Customer Intelligence peers from other geos and industries, and learn about all of the great new SAS products. Experts lined up to speak include T-Mobile, Pinnacle Entertainment and Staples! Don't miss this great free, knowledge sharing event held October 24-25 at SAS World Headquarters in Cary, NC.
INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) is considering the development of an analytics continuing professional education program. They're asking for your input to help evaluate the need for such a program. Please consider answering this short survey.
Uncover Hidden Value in Your Data
Exploratory Analysis for Large and Complex Problems Using SAS® Enterprise Miner™  provides a fresh perspective on using predictive analytics in your organization. Listen to presenter Jeff Zeanah give an overview of his class. You can register for a public course or enjoy the classroom experience right at your desktop.
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