SAS Global Forum 2012, Orlando, Florida, April 22-25, 2012

Featured Presentations

  • KEYNOTE PRESENTATION - MONDAY, APRIL 23, 8 A.M.


    JOE THEISMANN
    Entrepreneur and former quarterback for the Washington Redskins

    Game Plan for Success

    Joe Theismann is an entrepreneur and the former star quarterback for the Washington Redskins. Most recently, he spent the last decades working for ESPN on their NFL broadcast. Currently, Joe works for the NFL Network as an analyst, broadcasting the Thursday Night NFL games and is also a co-host for the NFL Network show called Playbook.

    The former Washington Redskins quarterback joined ESPN in April 1988, reuniting with play-by-play voice, Mike Patrick. Theismann joined ESPN after spending two seasons as an NFL analyst for CBS Sports.

    A 12-year NFL veteran, Theismann played in 163 consecutive games from 1974-1985 and holds Redskins' records for passing yardage (25,206), completions (2,044) and attempts (3,602). A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Theismann led Washington to a 27-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII.

    Theismann was selected the NFL's Man of the Year in 1982 for his community service and dedication to the health and welfare of children. He won the league's 1983 Most Valuable Player Award for leading the Redskins to an NFL-recorded 541 points and a second consecutive Super Bowl appearance. His career ended abruptly in 1985 after sustaining a broken leg during a game against the New York Giants on national television.

    Theismann graduated in 1971 from the University of Notre Dame where he received All-America honors and led the Fighting Irish to consecutive Cotton Bowls and was runner-up to Jim Plunkett in the Heisman Trophy balloting. In 2003, Theismann was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Theismann began his career in 1971 with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League, after being drafted by the Miami Dolphins and Major League Baseball's Minnesota Twins.

    Theismann, a much sought after motivational speaker, also oversees a popular Washington, DC, restaurant that bears his name. Born September 9, 1949, he is also the author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Understanding Football Like a Pro.


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  • LUNCH AND FEATURED PRESENTATION* - MONDAY, APRIL 23, 12:30 P.M.

    Why SAS is an Institute

    SAS is always breaking out of its shell to grow into the next bigger, better idea for analytics. This is a retrospective, going back through the experience of the first few shells we broke out of.

    JOHN SALL
    Co-founder and Executive Vice President, SAS
    * Extra-fee item - see information under Registration

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  • LUNCH AND FEATURED PRESENTATION* - TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 12:00 p.m. (NOON)

    SAS Brings Analytics Center Court with the Orlando Magic

    With a new 875,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art arena, boasting the latest in technology to enhance the fan experience, the Orlando Magic use SAS to bring analytics center court. This session will highlight the Magic's continued journey into analytics and how the use of SAS has allowed the organization to better understand its customers and bring a data-driven approach to moving its business forward.

    ANTHONY PEREZ
    Director of Business Strategy, Orlando Magic


    * Extra-fee item - see information under Registration

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  • Section Keynotes


    STATISTICS AND DATA ANALYSIS
    KEYNOTE 1
    MONDAY, APRIL 23, 10:30 A.M.

    Handling Missing Data by Maximum Likelihood

    Multiple imputation is rapidly becoming a popular method for handling missing data, especially with such easy-to-use software like PROC MI. In this talk, however, Allison argues that maximum likelihood is usually better than multiple imputation for several important reasons. He then demonstrates how maximum likelihood for missing data can readily be implemented with the following SAS procedures: MI, MIXED, GLIMMIX and CALIS.

    PAUL ALLISON
    Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

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    KEYNOTE 2
    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 11 A.M.

    Using SAS for the Design, Analysis, and Visualization of Complex Surveys

    Visualizing data, finding estimates for population and model quantities, and checking model validity are challenging in complex surveys because of clustering, unequal weights, and other survey design features. SAS PROC SURVEYMEANS, SURVEYSELECT, and other members of the SURVEY family are powerful tools for designing surveys and analyzing data from complex surveys. Recent developments to these procedures make them more powerful and flexible than ever before. We present examples from complex surveys to illustrate how the procedures may be used for standard analyses as well as advanced applications such as graphing complex survey data, performing model diagnostics, making inferences employing the bootstrap, and combining data from multiple surveys.

    SHARON L. LOHR
    Dean's Distinguished Professor of Statistics, Arizona State University

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    BEYOND THE BASICS
    MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2 P.M.

    Tales of 9.3: A Collection of Uses

    In this presentation, hosted by David Shamlin, expert SAS presenters will present new features in SAS 9.3. An expert user will then present an actual usage of each new feature and describe their experience with it. The attendee should leave this presentation with a working knowledge of each of these new features.

    DAVID SHAMLIN
    Senior Director, Research and Development, SAS

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  • CLOSING SESSION KEYNOTE - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 12:00 p.m. (NOON)

    You Don't Have to Go Home...but You Can't Stay Here

    Chris Hemedinger wants to be the last person that you see at SAS Global Forum 2012. Literally.

    Come to the Closing Session and review the highlights of this year's conference as presented by a "SAS insider." And learn how you can help to keep the SAS magic going all year long. Don't let the long miles or MTBF (mean time between forums) keep you separated from your fellow SAS professionals. Great content, enlightening discussions, and valuable networking opportunities are always just a click away...if you know where to click!

    Who says you can't take it with you? Of course you can. And you can bring it back, too, to next year's conference!

    CHRIS HEMEDINGER
    Principal Technical Architect, SAS

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Featured Presentations

         photo: j. theismann

         photo: j. sall     photo: a. perez

         photo: p. allison     photo: s. lohr

         photo: d. shamlin     photo: c. hemedinger