Thoughts on SAS Global Forum (SGF) 2017

The theme for SAS Global Forum 2017 was Data Knows No Boundaries, and this is so true, that Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith ride, that I am pictured in above goes from 0 to 60 MPH in 2.8 seconds! No limits!

What particularly moved me about this conference was the GatherIQ initiative. We learned how each one of us can help either by using our analytical skills or just networking skills when crises happens by just interacting with the GatherIQ app or sharing the details of the crisis. It was a fundamental reminder that the world is bigger than us, and we can do so much good in the world, and support others. It’s quite similar to the DataKind project.

At the conference I gave two 45 minutes hands-on workshops on Graph Template Language (GTL). Part A was an introduction to GTL and Part B showed more of the advanced functions of GTL. Sanjay Matange’s presentation on Decorative Infographs using SAS was really impressive. He shows how you can use the SYMBOLIMAGE statement to produce interesting graphics.

Of course, the reason why everybody comes to the SGF is for the kickback party 😉 This year’s kickback party was the best ever! We obtained entry to Disney World Hollywood Studios and so for 3 hours we were able to exclusively go on the rides, get free photos on the rides, meet disney characters, and get free Mickey Mouse ice cream lol. Also food and drinks were included. And the party was phenomenal. The DJ was so entertaining, and everyone was dancing! This was the best ever! Well done to everyone who organised this!! 🙂  I’m looking forward to the SGF in Colorado next year!



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.