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Updates for The Little SAS Book: A Primer, Third Edition

A Note about Kurtosis
Some readers have questioned whether the kurtosis of a normal distribution is 0 or 3. The confusion results from variations in the definition of kurtosis. The formula for kurtosis sometimes subtracts 3 (which makes the value for a normal distribution equal to 0), and sometimes doesn't. SAS software uses the formula that subtracts 3. For details about the formula SAS uses to compute kurtosis and its significance, see SAS OnlineDoc by clicking one of the following links:

SAS OnlineDoc 9.1.3 for the Web (if you are using SAS 9.0, SAS 9.1, SAS 9.1.2, or SAS 9.1.3)
http://support.sas.com/onlinedoc/913/getDoc/en/proc.hlp/a002473332.htm

SAS OnlineDoc Version 8 for the Web (if you are using SAS 8.0, SAS 8.1, or SAS 8.2)
http://v8doc.sas.com/sashtml/proc/ztatback.htm

You can also search your local SAS Help and Documentation looking for "kurtosis" in the index.


On page 63, replace the first sentence and the code that follows with the following information:

Microsoft Access Files If you want to read Microsoft Access files, then instead of using the DATAFILE= option, you need a TABLE= option and the DATABASE= statement as follows:

PROC IMPORT TABLE = 'table-name' OUT = data-set DBMS = identifier REPLACE;
DATABASE = 'database-path';