Posted by: btadams | February 26, 2019

VASUG Spring Meeting 2019

Tuckahoe Meeting Room in Tuckahoe Area Library
1901 Starling Dr, Henrico, VA 23229

March 19, 12:30pm to 4:00pm

12:30 – 1:00 Meet and Greet

1:00 – 1:50 Validating User-Submitted Data Files with Base SAS – Michael A. Raithel, Westat

SAS programming professionals are often asked to receive data files from external sources and analyze them using SAS. Such data files could be received from a different group within one’s own organization, from a client firm, from a Federal agency, or from some other collaborating establishment. Whatever the source, there is likely to be an agreement on the number of variables, variable types, variable lengths, range of values, and variable formats in the incoming data files. Information Technology best practices require that the receiving party perform quality checks (QC’s) on the data to verify that they conform to the agreed-upon standards before the data are used in analysis. This paper presents a rigorous methodology for validating user-submitted data sets using Base SAS. Readers can use this methodology and the SAS code examples to set up their own data QC regimen.

2:00 to 2:50
Introduction to Data Simulation – Dr. Jason Brinkley, Abt Associates

Creating synthetic data via simulation can often be a powerful tool for a wide variety of analyses. The purpose of this workshop is to provide a basic overview of simulating data for a variety of purposes. Examples will include power calculations, sensitivity analysis, and exploring nonstandard analyses. The workshop is designed for the mid-level analyst who has basic knowledge of data management, visualizations and basic statistical analyses such as correlations and t-tests.

3:00 to 3:50 – Essential Hacks for Clever SAS Programmers – Part 1
Michael A. Raithel, Westat

Five-time SAS book author Michael A. Raithel will present over a dozen SAS programming hacks from his Amazon Press book: Did You Know That?: Essential Hacks for Clever SAS Programmers ( These hacks are designed to help you to add more sophistication and utility to your SAS programs; increase the breadth and scope of your SAS programming techniques; save valuable programming time; gain better insights in your data; seamlessly perform operating system functions from within SAS; create more professional-looking reports for your clients; help you to become a top SAS programmer; and more. Each hack provides a self-contained explanation of a SAS tip, technique or clever methodology you can immediately put to use. Attend this presentation and raise the utility and function of your already clever SAS programs to a whole new level!

Speaker Bios:
Michael A. Raithel is a senior systems analyst for Westat, an employee-owned contract research organization in the Washington, DC, area. He has worked with Information Systems in the commercial and government sectors since 1980. An internationally recognized expert in the use of SAS software in mainframe and UNIX environments, Michael is the author of more than 25 SAS technical papers and is a popular lecturer at SAS Global Forum and at regional SAS conferences.

Michael has been a section chair at SUGI, SESUG, and NESUG, and he co-chaired NESUG in 1995. He has been a keynote speaker at WUSS, SCSUG, PharmaSUG, and a Featured Lunchtime Speaker at SAS Global Forum. Michael has taught SAS classes at SUGI, SAS Global Forum, and at American University in Washington, DC. He has written four books for SAS Press, the latest of which is How to Become a Top SAS Programmer. A copy of the first edition of Tuning SAS Applications in the MVS Environment resides in the Smithsonian Institution of American History’s Permanent Research Collection of Information Technology.

Dr. Jason Brinkley is a Senior Associate at Abt Associates out of Durham NC in the division of Data Science and Enabling Technology. He maintains an Adjunct Professor of Public Health and is an affiliate of the NC Agromedicine Institute at East Carolina University where he advises on data collected on agriculture worker health (including migrant populations). Brinkley spent almost 8 years on the faculty of the department of Biostatistics at East Carolina and has worked with a variety of individuals in the medicine, public health, business, education, and the natural and social sciences. He has expertise in a wide range of statistical and biostatistical methods along with basic psychometric methods and customized data visualizations. He currently serves as NC Chapter Representative for the American Statistical Association and on the executive board for the Southeast SAS Users Group. In his role at Abt, Dr. Brinkley leads and participates in research on a variety of health services research projects including evaluation, quality improvement, access, quality of care, performance management, and health care disparities.

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