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Dear Readers,

Fifteen – that's the number of years since SAS Education began hosting its annual analytics-focused conferences. I remember the excitement around the fledging event when attendees filled the old Training Center at SAS corporate headquarters.

Popular from the beginning, the initial conferences focused on techniques and practices in data mining and business forecasting. Over time, they have expanded into an international series focused on educating data analysts using a wide range of techniques.

In the US, Analytics 2013 will be held at The Peabody Orlando, Oct. 21-22. The conference will bring together more than 1,000 professionals from the analytics community for two days of networking and learning.

The agenda features four keynotes, more than 40 breakout sessions and a poster session on such topics as data mining, forecasting, high-performance analytics, statistics and visual analytics. One popular feature of the Analytics conference is the student poster competition—a great place to find up-and-coming analytic talent.

With speakers from all major industries, you're certain to discover techniques and ideas to improve your organization's analytical practices.

Christina Harvey
Editor, SAS Tech Report
What's New
SAS 9.4: New US Sample Data »
SAS 9.4 includes a rich data set containing more than 80 variables about the US population! You can use it to experiment with any SAS graphing or analytic procedure.
SAS Hot Fix Application Updated »
An updated version of the SAS Hot Fix Analysis, Download and Deployment Tool has just been released on the SAS Technical Support Hot Fix site.
How Old Is Your SAS Software? »
Rick Wicklin's graph helps to put SAS releases in a historical context and illustrates new features of the SGPLOT procedure in SAS 9.4.
New Advanced Macro Book »
Macro expert Art Carpenter says Robert Virgile's SAS Macro Language Magic will "poke and prod" you into learning "not just the why, but also the how of the macro language."
Tips & Techniques
Create Calendars with PROC REPORT »
Did you know you can use the REPORT procedure to create a calendar with holidays, personal notes and colors? This sample code shows you how.
Comparing Two Groups? »
Blogger Rick Wicklin offers two tips that are helpful when visually comparing characteristics of two groups. He uses a radar plot from the 2012 US presidential debates to illustrate.
Four Ways to Schedule SAS Tasks »
Users have several options for scheduling jobs that run on a regular schedule. This blog post explains techniques ranging from SAS code to point-and-click interfaces to tools for administrators.
Is This Series Really Random? »
You can use the Wald-Wolfowitz test to test the hypothesis that a series of numbers is random. Follow these steps to compute and display the test statistic and its p-value.
Webcasts & Events

Getting Started with SAS® Graph Template Language
Oct. 17
1:00 pm ET

MWSUG 2013
Sept. 22-24
Columbus, OH
Regular registration closes Sept. 13 

SESUG 2013
Oct. 20-23
St. Pete Beach, FL
Online registration still available

Analytics 2013
Oct. 21-22
Orlando, FL

SCSUG 2013
Oct. 31-Nov. 1
San Antonio
Regular registration closes Oct. 30 

WUSS 2013
Nov. 13-15
Las Vegas
SAS Users Connecting
SANZOC Community Forming »
There's a newly formed SAS Australia and New Zealand Online Community dedicated to serving SAS users in the region.
Submit Your Ideas Now »
SAS Global Forum conference chair Marje Fecht reminds us that the 2014 call for content is open.
Analytics 2013 in Orlando »
This educational conference features the latest research and practices in the field of analytics. Register by Sept. 13 and save $250 on conference fees.
SAS Forums Calendar »
More than a dozen SAS forums will be held in the Middle East, Africa and Europe this fall. Check this calendar for dates and locations.
Imputation Techniques Class »
If you deal with missing data patterns in your analyses, hear Patricia Berglund talk about her class on the use of multiple imputation tools in SAS.
Peter Christie, Stats Lover »
Analytical Training Consultant Peter Christie shares the story of his tumultuous affair with statistics and how it ended in a great relationship. Read what he would do differently!
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