SAS Power and Sample Size

The SAS Power and Sample Size application (PSS) is a desktop application that provides easy access to power analysis and sample size determination techniques. The application is intended for students and researchers as well as experienced SAS users and statisticians.

Figure 71.1 shows the graphical user interface. PSS relies on the SAS/STAT procedures POWER and GLMPOWER for its computations.

Figure 71.1 PSS Application
 PSS Application

This section describes the statistical tasks that are available with the application as well as its principal features.


PSS provides power and sample size computations for a variety of statistical analyses. Included are t tests for means; equivalence tests and confidence intervals for means and proportions; exact binomial, chi-square, Fisher’s exact, and McNemar tests for proportions; correlation and regression (multiple and logistic); one-way analysis of variance; linear models; tests of distribution; and rank tests for comparing survival curves.

Table 71.1 lists the analyses that are available.

Table 71.1 Available Analyses




One-sample t test


Paired t test


Two-sample t test

Confidence intervals

One proportion


One-sample means


Paired means


Two-sample means

Equivalence tests

One proportion


One-sample means


Paired means


Two-sample means


One proportion


Two correlated proportions


Two independent proportions

Correlation and regression

Pearson correlation coefficient


Logistic regression with a binary response


Multiple regression

Analysis of variance and linear models

One-way ANOVA


General linear univariate models

Survival analysis

Two-sample survival rank tests

Distribution tests

Wilcoxon Mann-Whitney test for two distributions


PSS provides multiple input parameter options, stores the results in a project format, displays power curves, and produces narratives for the results. Narratives are descriptions of the input parameters and include a statement about the computed power or sample size. The SAS log and SAS code are also available.

All analyses offer computation of power or sample size. Some analyses offer computation of sample size per group as well as total sample size.

Where appropriate, several alternate ways of entering values for certain parameters are offered. For example, in the two-sample t test analysis, means can be entered for individual groups or as a difference. The null mean difference can be specified as a default of zero or can be explicitly entered.

Information about existing analyses is stored in a project format. You can access each project to review the results or to edit your input parameters and produce another analysis.