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Date:   Wed, 15 Dec 2004 12:58:36 -0800
Reply-To:   cassell.david@EPAMAIL.EPA.GOV
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From:   "David L. Cassell" <cassell.david@EPAMAIL.EPA.GOV>
Subject:   Re: How long does it take to learn SAS, and how good is the Learning Edition
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express_myself_01@YAHOO.COM wrote: > A friend of mine wants to learn SAS. For those of you who have learned > it recently, how long did it take to know a reasonable amount, and what > resources did you use? > > Did anyone learn via the Learning Edition? > > Please give me ideas on what has helped you learn SAS. > > I may be helping him to learn SAS, but it has been a long time since I > first learned it.

I learned the things I needed to get started in SAS in a one-credit-hour course in one term. Of course, that list of 'things' was pretty limited. That course was *decades* ago. Some time around the end of the Mesozoic Era. :-) (And I had already been using SAS in statistical applications for a couple years when I took the course, so it was easy for me.)

Really, it depends on what one wants to learn. Take "The Little SAS Book" as a teaching tool. Ten chapters, and yet covering enough to get most people going in SAS. It won't help you if what you need is a theoretical introduction to PROC MIXED and PROC GAM. It won't help if you want to start out with SAS/IML or SAS/ETS or SAS/IntrNet. But it should be enough to get your friend going. And you can try things out in SAS Learning Edition as you go.

BTW, that one-credit-hour course didn't teach me all that much. After using SAS for more than twenty years, I still learn new things. SAS-L is an excellent tool for that.

David -- David Cassell, CSC Senior computing specialist mathematical statistician

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