Comparison with SAS/INSIGHT

SAS/IML Studio and SAS/INSIGHT have the same goal: to be a tool for data exploration and analysis. Both have dynamically linked statistical graphics. Both come with pre-written statistical analyses for analyzing distributions, regression models, and multivariate relationships.

Figure 1.2 shows a typical SAS/INSIGHT analysis. Figure 1.3 shows the same analysis performed in SAS/IML Studio. You can see that the analyses are qualitatively similar.

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Figure 1.2: A SAS/INSIGHT Analysis

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Figure 1.3: A Comparable SAS/IML Studio Analysis

However, there are three major differences between the two products. The first is that SAS/IML Studio runs on a PC in the Microsoft Windows operating environment. It is client software that can connect to SAS servers. The SAS server might be running on a different computer than SAS/IML Studio. In contrast, SAS/INSIGHT runs on the same computer on which SAS is installed.

A second major difference is that SAS/IML Studio is programmable, and therefore extensible. SAS/INSIGHT contains standard statistical analyses that are commonly used in data analysis, but you cannot create new analyses. In contrast, you can write programs in SAS/IML Studio that call any licensed SAS procedure, and you can include the results of that procedure in graphics, tables, and data sets. Because of this, SAS/IML Studio is often referred to as the "programmable successor to SAS/INSIGHT."

A third major difference is that the SAS/IML Studio statistical graphics are programmable. You can add legends, curves, and other features to the graphics in order to better analyze and visualize your data.

SAS/IML Studio contains many features that are not available in SAS/INSIGHT. General features that are unique to SAS/IML Studio include the following:

The following list presents features of SAS/IML Studio data views (tables and plots) that are not included in SAS/INSIGHT:

SAS/IML Studio also provides the following analyses and options that are not included in SAS/INSIGHT:

Features of SAS/INSIGHT that are not included in SAS/IML Studio are presented in Appendix B, "SAS/INSIGHT Features Not Available in SAS/IML Studio."

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