With the SAS Global Forum now only about 2 months away, What part of The Quad are you most looking forward to visiting? I normally visit this area for a while before the Sunday evening opening sessions. I've seen some great presentations, learned a lot from Posters and enjoyed checking out the newest SAS features. This year I am especially looking forward to checking out the SAS Analytics Explorers area (SAS's new social loyalty component). I've enjoyed engaging and sharing with this area. Here is a link for more information - https://explorers.sas.com
I will certainly visit SAS Books to see if there's anything new to put on my "to be read" pile.
I don't think there's a schedule of SAS presentations yet, but I am sure there will be some I want to see - and if they are on your topic, they are always worthwhile.
The various vendors often have interesting things. I may see if any have work for me, as well.
Mostly, though, i look forward to the sort of casual interaction that happens at SAS conferences. For instance, I want to chat with SAS people who work in statistics and/or graphics . I have some comments, questions and suggestions (and praise).
Like others, I like the opportunity to view SAS books (before I purchase) and also network with other SAS users.
This year, there are a few E-Posters I am interested in especially Obtaining National Readmission Estimates: Examining Surgical Readmission Rates in the United States. Given that I analyze Medicare data as my occupation, this is of special interest to me. I want to explore if the National Readmissions Database (NRD) is something we can use with our current data analysis of Inpatient Claims.
Since this is your first SASGF, I suggest you attend the session for conference newbies if they're holding one this year. They'll tell you all about everything SASGF! @ShelleySessoms are they holding a conference newbies session this year? If so, it might be good to start a new topic introducing that session, so conference newbies will be aware of it.
It’s so exciting (and heartwarming) to see so many nice comments about the books!
The SAS Books booth is definitely the place to be – lots of books to browse while you mix with some of the authors (SAS rock stars!) and like-minded folk. We’ll have editors on hand to help with book selection and advice if you are thinking of sharing your expertise and writing a book.
Here at SAS Press we’ve been ramping up to get ready for our presence in the Quad. This year we will be bringing 64 titles and over 800 copies of books! We will, of course, be offering 20% off all titles, and keep an eye out for our Book of the Day – a title offered each day at a 30% discount – plus 30% off your entire order if you include the Book of the Day in your purchase!!
Publisher, SAS Press (so probably a bit biased about the books ;))
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