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SAS Learning Report 
September 2020

Learning never stops. Today we prove that with four upcoming live webinars and a multitude of technical videos and blog posts. Plus, there’s a live half-day event for SAS admins and architects that happens tomorrow, so register today!


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Shelley Sessoms
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Editor, The Learning Report

Training and Certification News

Live web training: SAS Programming Certification Fast Track Series 

Live web training: SAS Programming Certification Fast Track Series

September 28 – October 2, 2020  

Spend five days with us from the comfort of your home and fast-track your way to earning one of the latest SAS programming accolades: the SAS® Certified Programming Associate or SAS Certified Base Programming Specialist. Includes Programming 1 and Programming 2 (Live Web training courses), eLearning access for certification preparation, exam voucher and prep guide.


Live webinar - Ask the Expert: Why Do I Have Missing Data and How Do I Fix it?

Live webinar - Ask the Expert: Why Do I Have Missing Data and How Do I Fix it?

October 20, 2020 

What do you do when you have missing values in your data? Join SAS expert Melodie Rush as she defines missing values, why and when they occur, and how to manage them. She will discuss functions, procedures and how products like SAS® Enterprise Guide®, SAS® Enterprise Miner™, SAS Studio and SAS® Viya® deal with missing values. She’ll also conduct a Q&A session at the end of the webinar. See other upcoming Ask the Expert webinars.


The Data Scientist Learning Journey: Nailing the Interview

Live webinar: The Data Scientist Learning Journey: Nailing the Interview 

October 26, 2020 

You’ve put in the work and scheduled your interview. But now what? How do you prepare? Join SAS experts Cat Truxillo and Dan Kelly to go over how to showcase your skills and land your dream job. In this webinar, you'll learn about common pitfalls in interviews, tips and tricks for nailing your interview and how to prepare for it, plus real-life examples and stories from SAS pros.

Cortex analytics simulation game

Cortex analytics simulation game

Cortex is a fun and engaging way to learn SAS and engage with classmates or co-workers. This analytics simulation game provides everything you need for some fun competition including a problem statement, data set, leaderboard and access to SAS software. Learn more.


A solid investment: Banking on talent development

A solid investment: Banking on talent development

As the workforce evolves so do the technology and skillsets required. Millennium Bank gets it. That's why it's using its training academy to invest in its most important capital - employees. Watch this video to learn how the bank partnered with SAS to customize a talent development training program that improved skills and knowledge, while strengthening retention.


SAS Book News

There’s still time: save 40% off our September e-book of the month

There’s still time: save 40% off our September e-book of the month

SAS® Text Analytics for Business Applications: Concept Rules for Information Extraction Models, by Teresa Jade, Biljana Belmaric-Wilsey and Michael Wallis uses scenarios and data based on business cases across different domains and industries. This book includes many helpful tips and best practices from SAS text analytics experts to ensure fast, valuable insight from your textual data. Enter code BOM40SEP at checkout to receive your discount. Offer expires midnight ET on September 30, 2020.


Develop “big picture” business statistics skills

Develop “big picture” business statistics skills

Statistical Thinking: Improving Business Performance, Third Edition, by Roger Hoerl and Ronald Snee is a state-of-the-art introduction to business statistics. The book focuses on real-world issues of current importance in business, including data science, data visualization, p values and statistical significance, and statistical engineering. Updated to include the latest tools, tables, and graphs, this book is the only business statistics book that helps you develop “big picture” skills while training you in the use of important tools such as JMP software.


Free e-book: Natural Language Processing with SAS®

Free e-book: Natural Language Processing with SAS®

Natural Language Processing (NLP) is a branch of artificial intelligence that helps computers understand, interpret, and emulate written or spoken human language. NLP draws from many disciplines including human-generated linguistic rules, machine learning, and deep learning. The papers included in this free e-book demonstrate how NLP can be used to scale the human act of reading, organizing, and quantifying text data.


Tips and Tricks

Analytics for everyone with SAS Viya

Analytics for everyone with SAS Viya

SAS Viya makes it easy for anyone to ingest and prepare data without a single line of code. The integrated data preparation components within SAS Viya support ad-hoc, agile-oriented data management tasks where you can profile, cleanse, and join data easily and rapidly. Read more in this blog post by SAS’ own Felix Liao.


Comparing attributes of common variables

Comparing attributes of common variables

When working with multiple datasets, there may be a need to compare attributes of common variables. This is generally important to confirm attributes are consistent across common variables in multiple datasets. For example, a difference in length can cause data truncation when merging datasets or worse a difference in type can cause programming errors. In this SAS Communities tip, Sunil Gupta shows how easy it is to compare common variable attributes using dictionary tables.


Certification Prep

How to Prepare for the SAS® Visual Business Analytics Certification

How to Prepare for the SAS Business Visual Analytics Exam

September 24, 2020

Join this interactive webinar with SAS technical training consultants Nicole Ball and Peter Styliadis to learn tips and tricks as you study for the Business Visual Analytics certification exam.


Computer Vision and Natural Language Processing Specialist

Computer Vision and Natural Language Processing Specialist

Need to brush up on your regularization techniques for deep learning? Robert Blanchard’s 11-minute video on dropout will get you started.


Want to know why you should get SAS certified?

Want to know why you should get SAS certified?

Check out the top 10 reasons to get a SAS certification and how you can start your journey towards validating your skills and achieving professional (and personal) goals!


SAS News

Join SUGA Live on September 23

Join SUGA Live on September 23

Be a part of our virtual gathering, bringing together administrators and architects who want to make the most of analytics with SAS or who just want to learn more about what analytics can do for their organization. During this ½ day event, you’ll hear from three experts as they explore what you can achieve with SAS. Plus, there’s a 45-minute ‘Ask Me Anything’ section. You don’t want to miss it, register today!


Inclusive terminology: Knowing better, doing better

Inclusive terminology: Knowing better, doing better

The SAS company culture is built on a foundation of caring for one another and holding ourselves and others accountable. That includes recognition and accountability for where we can improve. Like other members of our industry, SAS is updating our software terminology to remove language that can perpetuate hurtful prejudices. SAS’ Gavin Day explains more in his recent blog post.


SAS Global Forum 2021 Student Symposium

SAS Global Forum 2021 Student Symposium

Start planning now for the SASGF 2021 Student Symposium competition. This is a great way to showcase your skills – grab a faculty advisor and start building your team. Applications due Nov. 30, 2020.


Free SAS® Tutorials

How to sort data in SAS

How to sort data in SAS

Let Andy Ravenna show you how to sort your data in descending order using PROC SORT, look at how it compares to SQL (structure query language) and consider reasons why you may not want to sort your data – all in this 10-minute SAS tutorial.




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