Susan Slaughter

SAS Papers, Etc.

Susan J. Slaughter has made over 100 presentations at local, regional, and international SAS users group meetings. Her favorite papers (and associated stuff) are collected here.

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SAS Essentials

The SAS Essentials section of the Western Users of SAS Software conference was created for people who are new to SAS.  Each year this section includes three core presentations designed to give both a broad overview and a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of SAS.  You can download my slides here:

How SAS Thinks: SAS Basics I

Introduction to DATA Step Programming: SAS Basics II

Introduction to SAS Procedures: SAS Basics III

SAS Studio

SAS Studio: A New Way to Program in SAS  SAS Studio is an important new interface for SAS, designed primarily for programmers but with point-and-click features.  SAS Studio is the interface for SAS University Edition and is the default for SAS OnDemand for Academics.  This paper covers the fundamentals of writing SAS code using SAS Studio.

Supplemental Material for SAS Studio Users  This document is a supplement to The Little SAS Book, Fifth Edition.  Since The Little SAS Book shows the traditional programming interface (the SAS windowing environment, also called Display Manager), we wrote this parallel document for people writing code in SAS Studio.

Debugging SAS code

Errors, Warnings, and Notes (Oh My): A Practical Guide to Debugging SAS Programs  This is one of my favorite papers. The topic is serious, but we had fun writing it.

Text Messages

Sending Text Messages from SAS  This paper, written by Matthew Slaughter, describes two methods of sending text messages from SAS:  one using the email-to-SMS gateway, and a second using Amazon’s Simple Notification Service.


SAS Macro Programming for Beginners  This paper explains how SAS macros work, written for people who are new to macros and people who have used macros but never quite understood them.

ODS Graphics

Graphing Made Easy with SGPLOT and SGPANEL Procedures  One of the great features introduced with SAS 9.2 is ODS Graphics.  This paper covers the two most important SG procedures: SGPLOT and SGPANEL.  The paper includes a concise reference of syntax that you may want to keep on your desk whenever you write SG procedure code. Other topics covered include changing the appearance of plots (features such as colors and symbols), changing ODS styles and destinations, and options for controlling and accessing individual graphs.  This is the version of the paper was presented at SAS Global Forum 2015.

Handout for Using PROC SGPLOT for Quick High-Quality Graphs  This is the handout for the hands-on workshop presented at Western Users of SAS Software 2014. Follow the step-by-step instructions for an introduction to PROCs SGPLOT and SGPANEL. (Note that you also need the data sets available below.)

Tables of Syntax for Using PROC SGPLOT for Quick High-Quality Graphs  This is the black and white version of the syntax reference that was handed out at the workshop.  There is a prettier color version of this table in the paper.

Data for Using PROC SGPLOT for Quick High-Quality Graphs  This zipped file contains the SAS data sets used in the paper and hands-on workshop. The data sets contain data from the Olympics.  Using these data, you can run the examples yourself.  To get the file, click the link in this paragraph, then click the Download button that appears.

SAS Certification

SAS Certification As a Tool for Professional Development  Curious whether SAS certification is right for you?  We interviewed test developers at SAS Institute and SAS users to get a variety of viewpoints about the value of SAS certification and the best ways to prepare for a certification exam.


Your Resume—Selling Yourself Using SAS  I was honored to co-author this paper with Rebecca Ottesen.  You want your resume to be brief, but impressive.  This highly creative paper suggests ways to use SAS graphics and reporting to summarize and visualize your work and education. The paper includes examples for recent graduates and people with more years of experience.

Enterprise Guide

Writing Code in SAS Enterprise Guide  If you are a SAS programmer who has avoided using SAS Enterprise Guide because you think it’s only good for point-and-click, then this paper is for you. You may be surprised to learn that SAS Enterprise Guide offers programmers many advantages over Display Manager.

Introduction to Summary Tables in SAS Enterprise Guide  The point-and-click version of PROC TABULATE makes it really easy to create the perfect report.  Arrange your columns and rows, and then change fonts, formats, and colors without writing a line of code.  Winner of the Best Contributed Poster award at SUGI 2005.  This is the hands-on workshop version of the paper.

Data for Introduction to Summary Tables in SAS Enterprise Guide This zipped file contains the SAS data set used in the paper and hands-on workshop.  The data set includes one observation for every country in the world.  Using this data set, you can run the examples yourself.

Point-and-Click Style Editing in SAS Enterprise Guide  This paper shows how you can easily create custom styles for HTML reports. (No messing with PROC TEMPLATE required!) Then you can use your new styles either in SAS Enterprise Guide or in SAS code you write in Display Manager. Applies to all versions of Enterprise Guide.


Turning Raw Data into Polished Reports  Rhyme and Reason: We’re pretty sure this is the only SAS paper ever based on The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. This paper takes you from basic detail reports to customizing reports with the Output Delivery System.

Social Networking

Social Networking and SAS: Running PROCs on Your Facebook Friends  This paper, co-authored by Chris Hemedinger of SAS-for-Dummies-fame, describes how to use SAS and SAS Enterprise Guide to extract data from social network sites using published APIs, with Facebook and Twitter as examples, and then analyze the results.

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