I. What is SAS?
SAS stands for Statistical Analysis System. It is a
statistical and information system that performs sophisticated data management
and statistical analysis. SAS is available in multiple computing environments.
At the University of North Texas, we have obtained the licenses of the software
(version 9.2) for different operating systems including Windows, Mac, and UNIX.
Version 9.3 is in the process of being distributed. In this series, we
will focus on SAS 9.1.3 for Windows, which is a complete data analysis program
with capabilities comparable to, and, in some aspects, surpassing, its
counterparts SPSS, S-Plus and Stata. SAS for Windows will do every task that
other editions of SAS do, plus it is easy to use and its graphic user interface
can do a lot more in graphical analyses than the retired mainframe or older
UNIX versions. The only limitation to SAS for Windows is the hardware that it is
run on. SAS 9.1.3 for Windows requires a fully patched Windows 2000 or Windows XP
operating system with at least a Pentium III processor. SAS 9.1.3 is a large
program and will require at least a gigabyte of room on your hard disc; I would
not recommend installing and running SAS 9.1.3 on a computer with less than 128MB
RAM. As with many Windows applications, the more RAM your machine has, the
"better" (faster) the program will run. SAS 9.1 will not work on any
versions of Windows prior to Windows 2000. If you cannot upgrade your OS
and you need SAS, Research and Statistical Support can provide you with a
currently-licensed version of SAS 8.2.
II. Who can use SAS for Windows?
SAS software is distributed through the university's site
license agreement with SAS Institute. UNT has a site license that allows
students to use the software in any general access labs on campus or to purchase
time-sensitive copies through the SAS Institute. These copies expire at the end
of the current licensing period in which the software is produced (our SAS
licenses typically expire on October 31 of each year with a grace period that
will run through January 1st). Full-time faculty and staff can request SAS
installation on their desktop machines and laptop machine on campus or at home.
Check the with Patrick McLeod for more details pertaining to the
student version of SAS.
UNT students and faculty are also eligible to use SAS
on other platforms than Windows. As of this writing, SAS 9 is available on sol,
our Solaris server. Users who want to use this version need a UNIX/sol
account. Application for these accounts are available to the Computing Center