What is it? SAS is a software suite for statistical analysis, data management and graphics. There are three major products available: the SAS System, which is the primary tool for writing SAS programs and contains the data processing and analytics engine that is at the core of most SAS products; SAS Enterprise Guide, which provides a graphics user interface to much of the power of SAS; SAS Enterprise Miner, which is used for data mining or investigating patterns in large amounts of data to create descriptive or predictive models.
What can I use if for? Students, faculty, and staff can use SAS for university-related academic or administrative purposes. Use that benefits outside organizations requires the purchase of a commercial license.
Where can I run it? SAS is available at no additional charge to faculty, staff and students at all UT campuses for installation on university-owned and personally-owned Windows and Linux PCs. The download and installation instructions are on OIT’s software download page. For UTK, SAS is also available on OIT’s Apps@UT server, and on the computers in the OIT public computer labs. There is no simultaneous user limit for its use. People with extreme computational requirements can also run SAS batch jobs on JICS’ Advanced Computing Facility.
How can I learn it? OIT offers workshops each semester. You can schedule a one-on-one tutorial any time by calling the OIT HelpDesk at 865-974-9900. The SAS Institute support web site offers free video tutorials.
Where can I get support? OIT offers Full Support for SAS. You can request assistance by calling the OIT HelpDesk at 865-974-9900. The SAS Institute support web site also offers “support communities” where you can ask questions and it provides a comprehensive set of online manual.