Kirby Thomas

Technical Communicator, SAS

Kirby Thomas is a Technical Communicator at SAS who enjoys taking complex concepts and breaking them down into easy-to-understand steps. She has a Ph.D. in Sociology from Florida State University, where her research focused on why women are less likely than men to major and persist in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Her passion for creating more accessible and equitable learning environments was cultivated in her job at the Florida Department of Education and continues to motivate her work every day. She has over 9 years of experience programming in SAS and is excited to share her lessons learned with new programmers so that they can feel empowered to dive into coding without the hindrance of perfection paralysis.

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The Simple Guide to SAS®: From Null to Novice

Start your journey with SAS.

Have you just accepted a new job as a data analyst and need to learn SAS fast? Or perhaps you want to make a career change into programming and you’re not sure where to begin. The Simple Guide to SAS: From Null to Novice is the perfect book to get you started. Written for individuals with no prior programming experience, this book teaches the basics of learning SAS using hands-on examples and step-by-step explanations in a short, easy to understand guide.

Topics covered in this book include:

  • DATA and PROC Steps
  • DATA Step Processing
  • Setting up SAS Libraries
  • Importing and Exporting Data
  • Viewing and Summarizing Data
  • Sorting and Deduplicating Data
  • Filtering Data and Conditional Logic
  • SAS Functions
  • Formatting Variables
  • Combining and Aggregating Data.

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