I hope everyone’s summer is going well. We were lucky enough to escape to the North Carolina mountains for a few weeks this month and avoided the worst of the heat. While the days in the NC mountains can still be quite warm, the nights are cool enough to really enjoy being outside.
In a previous newsletter, I mentioned the What’s New section of the SAS® Viya® programming documentation and using the Margins macro in working with marginal effects in generalized linear models. I am thrilled to see that we have added the MARGINS statement to PROC GLIMMIX in the SAS Viya 2021.1.3 release, available this month. You can read more about this statement in the 2021.1.3 SAS/STAT® User’s Guide. We look forward to seeing the MARGINS statement in other procedures in future releases of SAS Viya.
Our statistics team in SAS Technical Support has been together for quite some time. I would like to highlight a member of the team every few months so that you can get to know us a bit better. Among the 11 members of the team, we have over 260 years of experience supporting SAS software.
Paul Savarese joined SAS Technical Support in 1997. Paul has a PhD in statistics from Virginia Tech. His main area of specialty is survival models, but he also supports SAS procedures in quantile regression models. If you have sent questions to Tech Support about a procedure like PHREG or LIFETEST, you have most certainly benefitted from Paul’s thorough knowledge of this area of statistics. Paul enjoys the outdoors and lives in Madrid, Spain, with his wife, Maria, and their son, Pablo.
Our statistical procedures R&D team will host a virtual booth at this year’s American Statistical Association’s Joint Statistical Meetings. The conference begins August 8. If you are attending JSM this year, please stop by the online expo center and say hi!
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