This is the kind of technical book that I really like. It takes a topic, breaks it into simple and logical chunks and rolls through them with an example for each. And, it does a good job of it.
First, this book is not an in-depth comprehensive review of statistics. It’s directed at the SAS language, and for the most part, lines up nicely with the SAS Base certification.
Second, it’s not a deep review of the SAS language. It takes you through most of the basics into some slightly more advanced topics. As a starter kit, which is what it’s meant to be, it’s really good.
Third, and I’ve seen this put some people off, it has a relatively casual style to it. I happen to like that style of writing. I don’t need to read another stale author (especially since I have to proofread the stuff I write). I’d rather read a book with examples from a frog jumping contest, than some of the alternatives. It’s just plain more interesting.
Now, with the semi-negative out-of-the-way, here’s is what the book does. It takes you through a series of examples, around 100, give or take, using SAS. Most, but not all, of the chapters / sections are only a couple of pages in length, usually, two. The examples are quick, easy to follow and well done for the most part.
The book covers the following topics:
- Data sets
- PROC SORT, PROC PRINT and a few others.
- Combining data sets.
- SAS Macros.
- Exporting data.
- Debugging data.
Like I said earlier, it’s not in-depth, but as a companion to the SAS Base Certification Guide, or as introduction to the language, it’s an excellent buy. I have no problems recommending this book to someone wanting to learn SAS.
There is one negative about the book, it’s not cheap. This, unfortunately, is a consistent trend with SAS books. However, unlike the SAS certification books, this one is available used at a reduced price. You can get it at the link below: