SAS/QC® Software Papers A-Z

Paper SAS154-2014:
Accelerated Tests as an Effective Means of Quality Improvement
Accelerated testing is an effective tool for predicting when systems fail, where the system can be as simple as an engine gasket or as complex as a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner. In particular, you might conduct an experiment to determine how factors such as temperature and voltage impose enough stress on the system to cause failure. Because system components usually meet nominal quality standards, it can take a long time to obtain failure data under normal-use conditions. An effective strategy is to accelerate the experiment by testing under abnormally stressful conditions, such as higher temperatures. Following that approach, you obtain data more quickly, and you can then analyze the data by using the RELIABILITY procedure in SAS/QC® software. The analysis is a three-step process: you establish a probability model, explore the relationship between stress and failure, and then extrapolate to normal-use conditions. Graphs are a key component of all three stages: you choose a model by comparing residual plots from candidate models, use graphs to examine the stress-failure relationship, and then use an appropriately scaled graph to extrapolate along a straight line. This paper guides you through the process, and it highlights features added to the RELIABILITY procedure in SAS/QC 13.1.
Bobby Gutierrez, SAS
Paper 1721-2014:
Deploying a User-Friendly SAS® Grid on Microsoft Windows
Your company s chronically overloaded SAS® environment, adversely impacted user community, and the resultant lackluster productivity have finally convinced your upper management that it is time to upgrade to a SAS® grid to eliminate all the resource problems once and for all. But after the contract is signed and implementation begins, you as the SAS administrator suddenly realize that your company-wide standard mode of SAS operations, that is, using the traditional SAS® Display Manager on a server machine, runs counter to the expectation of the SAS grid your users are now supposed to switch to SAS® Enterprise Guide® on a PC. This is utterly unacceptable to the user community because almost everything has to change in a big way. If you like to play a hero in your little world, this is your opportunity. There are a number of things you can do to make the transition to the SAS grid as smooth and painless as possible, and your users get to keep their favorite SAS Display Manager.
Houliang Li, HL SASBIPros Inc
Paper 1502-2014:
Regression Analysis of Duration and Severity Data: New Capabilities with SAS® Software
Duration and severity data arise in several fields including biostatistics, demography, economics, engineering, and sociology. SAS® procedures LIFETEST, LIFEREG. and PHREG are the workhorses for analysis of time to event data in applications in biostatistics. Similar methods apply to the magnitude or severity of a random event, where the outcome might be right, left, or interval censored and/or, right or left truncated. All combinations of types of censoring and truncation could be present in the data set. Regression models such as the accelerated failure time model, the Cox model, and the non-homogeneous Poisson model have extensions to address time-varying covariates in the analysis of clustered outcomes, multivariate outcomes of mixed types, and recurrent events. We present an overview of new capabilities that are available in the procedures QLIM, QUANTLIFE, RELIABILITY, and SEVERITY with examples illustrating their application using empirical data sets drawn from easily accessible sources.
Joseph Gardiner, Michigan State University
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