Hands on SAS Graphics Course in Basel

Kriss Harris SFSI would like to thank Syntax for Science for organising the following course, Design of statistical graphs in clinical studies: theory and practice with SAS Graphic Template Language.  The course was hosted in Basel and took place in November 2014.

A wealth of useful information relating to the theory of graphics took place on the morning of Day 1. Jenny Freeman from Leeds University presented on Good Practices in Graphics Design. Andreas Krause from Actelion Pharmaceuticals presented on Graphics of Clinical Data: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Ian Cox from JMP at SAS presented on Make it Easy: exploring data with SAS JMP.

In the afternoon of Day 1, Phillip Holland from Holland Numerics, gave an Introduction to SG Procedures and Graphics Template Language (GTL).  I learned many useful tips in Phils presentation and at the end of his presentation, I felt it was necessary to purchase his book Power User’s Guide to Graph Template Language.

On Day 2 of the course, I presented the Hands on SAS Graphics Course section. The “Hands on” entailed me showing and describing how the SAS code (typically in version 9.3) can be used to produce the desired output. There was also a fun impromptu section were the participants and I had to figure out the SAS code that Dan Heath and Sanjay Matange used to produce their outputs in the Graphic Samples Output Gallery.

The code that was used in the Hands On SAS Graphics section can be accessed here. The datasets that were used in the presentation can be accessed here. Finally, the presentation can be accessed here.