4月 022009
 
Maura Stokes works in the Statistical Applications Department in Advanced Analytics at SAS. Maura is also a member of the review board for support.sas.com. She works hard to provide you the information that you want as well as the statistical features that you need in our products. Let me introduce you to Maura.

What do you do:


I’m the development product manager for SAS/STAT® software, and I also coordinate some division-wide activities such as our documentation process.  Since SAS/STAT now includes 75 procedures and requires nearly 8,000 pages of documentation, obviously it takes several people to manage it. I keep current with statistical methodology being developed and adopted, obtain feedback from customers, and help to decide on priorities for future development. My role also includes outreach, and I give talks to both SAS user groups and statistical groups about our statistical software.  I also represent the analytical interests in SAS Global Forum planning and coordination, as well as support.sas.com, where I manage the Statistics and Operations Research focus area on support.sas.com.  I’m also the lead author of the SAS Press book Categorical Data Analysis Using the SAS System.


What’s the most interesting part of your job?


Learning new statistical methodology is still probably the most fun for me.  We occasionally bring in area experts for seminars to jump-start us in new areas, and that’s always invigorating.   



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4月 022009
 
Once again, Alan Hoffler and Brendan Bailey trolled the halls of SAS Global Forum with a camera and microphone. They interviewed everyone from the SAS Student Scholarship Winner to John Sall, Jim Davis, Dr. Goodnight, and even yours truly.

You can view the videos on the SAS Global Forum blog at blogs.sas.com/sgf without having to visit YouTube. This feature gives those of you who cannot visit YouTube access to the videos. Have no fear YouTube fans, the videos are also available on the SAS YouTube channel.

Update: To view the videos without visiting YouTube, visit the SAS Global Forum blog and look for links that look like this:
SAS.com:
http://www.sas.com/apps/webnet/SGF2009VideoBlog/index.html?videoID=isgf09ep17


Tip: If you are preparing for SAS Global Forum 2010, you may want to watch the video on Submitting a Paper to SAS Global Forum.
4月 022009
 
If you aren’t familiar with SAS-L, now’s a good time to take a look at it. It’s another information channel where SAS users go to ask and post answers. At SAS Global Forum 2009, SAS-Lers continued its tradition of honoring those who’ve contributed most significantly during the past year.

“There are many ways in the SAS community to ask questions and get help,” said Rhoads. “SAS-L is probably the oldest, but I think it continues to be a very valuable source of interaction and technical discussion. SAS-L: The original social network.

The presentation of SAS-L awards was held during the SAS Global Forum SAS-L BOF Monday, March 23. This year’s MVS (Most Valuable SAS-Ler) winner, data null, was the SAS Global Forum 2008 MVS winner. In accordance with SAS-L rules, data null’s 2009 award was upgraded to SAS-L Hall of Fame. The SASLROY (SAS-L Rookie of the Year) award went to Joe Matise.

For a complete description of the awards, please visit the SAS-L BOF Wiki page.

“We have an online nomination and voting process,” said Mike Rhoads, a SAS-Ler and member of the voluntary planning committee. “Anyone who has contributed to SAS-L throughout the year can go online and vote for the MSV and SAS-L Rookie of the Year. We’d like if they left also some comments in support of their nominee.”

According to Rhoads, he, Larry Hoyle and other SAS-L volunteers manage the voting process, host the SAS-L BOF and post the results online.

Although there are four categories for which a SAS-L member can be nominated, nominations were made to only two categories for SAS Global Forum 2009: MVS and SASLROY.

MVS nominees:
Robin High
Mary Howard
Daniel Nordlund
Michael Raithel
Arthur Tabachneck
Nat Wooding
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SASLROY nominees:
Scott Bucher
Joe Matise
Akshaya Nathilvar
Ajay Ohri
Karma Tarap
4月 012009
 

That's a wrap! Alan Hoffler provides a takes a last look back at SAS Global Forum 2009. We hope to see you next year at SAS Global Forum 2010 in Seattle. Find out more at http://www.sas.com/sasglobalforum/2010.





Web Links:

YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnAI8e-QEP0

SAS.com:
http://www.sas.com/apps/webnet/SGF2009VideoBlog/index.html?videoID=isgf09ep33
3月 302009
 

2009 SAS Global Forum Conference Chair Lori Griffin and 2010 SAS Global Forum Conference Chair Lauren Haworth talk about this year's conference and what's coming up in 2010 in Seattle.





Web Links:

YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odG2ukh9K1k

SAS.com:
http://www.sas.com/apps/webnet/SGF2009VideoBlog/index.html?videoID=isgf09ep28