Posted by: btadams | February 15, 2017

Spring 2017 VASUG Meeting

Our Spring 2017 meeting will be on Thursday, March 2nd. We look forward to seeing you there!


Date: March 2, 2017
Tuckahoe Library, Large Meeting Room
1901 Starling Dr.
Henrico, VA 23229-4564
(804) 290-9100

2:30 – 3:00 Meet and Greet
3:00 – 3:30 Mark Jordan, Principal Technical Training Consultant, SAS will present: Advanced SQL Topics for SAS Users.

Mark Jordan (ak.a. SAS Jedi) grew up in northeast Brazil as the son of Baptist missionaries. He served 20 years as a US Navy submariner, pursuing his passion for programming as a hobby. Upon retiring from the Navy in 1994, he turned his hobby into a dream job and has been a SAS programmer ever since.

Mark writes and teaches a broad spectrum of SAS Foundation programming classes, and is proud to announce his first book”,“Mastering the SAS® DS2 Procedure: Advanced Data Wrangling Techniques”.

3:35 – 4:30 Kathleen Yeater, Area Statistician, United States Department of Agriculture will present “Tools for Researchers: Omics using JMP Genomics Software.” Kathy Yeater is a native Midwesterner, earning all degrees from the University of Illinois, which include a B.S. in Agronomy, M.S. in Molecular Cytogenetics, and PhD. In Biometry & Statistics. She has served as a statistician with ARS since 2005, where she gets to live out her dream of playing in everyone else’s toy box (i.e. applied statistical analysis to real biological data!).

4:35 – 5:00 Andrea Zimmerman, Sr. SAS Programmer / Analyst, Experis, Henrico Theater Company Board will present “Hash Objects: When LAGging Behind Just Doesn’t Work.”

When modeling time series data, we often use a LAG of the dependent variable. The LAG function works great for this, until you try to predict out into the future and need the model’s predicted value from one record as an independent value for a future record. This paper examines exactly how the LAG function works, and explains why it doesn’t in this case. It also explains how to create a hash object that will accomplish a LAG of any value, how to load the initial data, how to add predicted values to the hash object, and how to extract those values when needed as an independent variable for future observations

Andrea Zimmerman has been an active SAS user for quite a few years and is quite active in both the South East SAS User’s Group as well as SAS Global Forum and VASUG. She combines her SAS skills with an interest in theatre and horses.


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