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Dear Readers,

As editor of the SAS Tech Report, it's been my goal to deliver the kind of information you need to do your job – whether it's data management, data analytics or any other task requiring a knowledge of SAS software.

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Tips & Techniques
Geometric Means for Survey Data »
You can estimate a geometric mean and its variance from complex survey data using SAS/STAT® and the code in this sample.
Base PROCs: How to Choose »
Trying to sort through options for generating simple statistics with Base SAS procedures? Kathryn McLawhorn shares some common choices for calculating frequency, percentages and a few others.
Don’t Distort the Data »
Avoid these three common errors to make your visualizations more effective, accurate and easy to interpret.
Clean Up Orphaned Directories »
SAS has utilities on UNIX, LINUX and Windows for finding and deleting SAS WORK and SAS Utility directories left behind when SAS sessions don't terminate properly.
Keyboard Shortcuts in SAS »
Check these five examples to see if they change your SAS programming habits – and maybe your life!
Update: Windows 8.1 and SAS »
Several issues have been reported with SAS and Windows 8.1 Update 1 or Windows Server 2012 R2 Update 1. See the Installation Note for available fixes, hot fixes and workarounds.
Webinars & Events

Getting Started with SAS® Studio
July 17
1 p.m. ET

WUSS 2014
Sept. 3-5
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June 23

SESUG 2014
Oct. 19–21
Myrtle Beach, SC
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MWSUG 2014
Oct. 5-7
Registration opens
June 30

SCSUG 2014
Nov. 10-11
Austin, TX
Call for papers closes June 30 

SAS Global Forum 2015
April 26-29
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From Your SAS® Communities
iPad® Calling Stored Process »
You can use an iPad to send requests to a SAS Stored Process within SAS Visual Analytics and render the results. Here's how.
MAX Function is Awesome! »
The MAX function in PROC SQL helps match observations in one data set to the most recent entries in two other data sets.
One Line, Two Justifications »
Use the ODS code in this discussion to print a report header that has left-justified text and right-justified graphics on the same line.
Resources Within Reach
New Course Debuts in August »
Learn how to build customized features in SAS® Enterprise Guide® that fit your particular industry or business processes.
Use Medicare Data with SAS »
This new SAS programming guide teaches you how to access Medicare data and, more importantly, how to apply this data to your research.
Analytics 2014 in Las Vegas »
The next event in this educational series will be held in Las Vegas, Oct. 20-21. Training is available before and after the event.
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What’s New in SAS »
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SAS Global Forum Papers »
2014 conference proceedings
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SAS Programmer’s Bookshelf »
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