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# statistician and clinical sas programmer

HI I am new to this field, Please can anybody answer my question.
What is the difference between statistician and clinical SAS programmer ,and what are their rolls and responsibilities
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## Re: statistician and clinical sas programmer

Statistician - statistician generally work on the designing of SAP which consist of
analysis plan in the form of design, lay out or a sample table
where as programmer creates a table or report by looking at these sample tables.
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## Re: statistician and clinical sas programmer

Statistician versus programmer:

They are apples and oranges. It is like cashier and the baker in a bakery. Even though both sell the cookie, both perform distinct roles with their distinct field expertise. Both have different window sight.

Programmer customizes the data gatherings to produce an output or report so that the viewer can see what is the behaviour of the data. Programmer can be indifferent to the key statistical details (as to what statistics produces what output). He is not authorized to make a calls on which statistical method to use (Cochran vs Cochran Matzel vs CochranMH to naem one) as he/she does not possess the statistical degree/expertise. But given the method programmer does know how to repor the output.

Statistician: Knows how to infer the conclusion from the data points. Statistics is not a straight math like 2+2=4. They have to infer if 2 apples and 2 oranges are just as sweet as 2 green vegetables and 2 sugarcanes. Given the size of study population (>30 or <30), the type of the data(numerical vs categorical), decide acceptable the typeI and II error rates based on what is gets looked at, which method to use to randomize subjects, the parameters involved, based on the study how many subjects are needed at least, paired t-test vs single t-test, z score vs t score, probabilities, what measures to measure to support the hypothesis. Programmer may not have the grasp of statistician's world.

Even though a statistician can go on and become programmer too just as a programmer can do MS in statistics and become statistician, both have different windows to work at if they have their key roles.
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## Re: statistician and clinical sas programmer

Re: They are apples and oranges.

There is nothing like that when it comes to statistician and clinical sas programmer.

Statistician has a data from a pool while the programmer can project the data based on the human anticipation and input to the projection.

You make it sound like they are not connected or relavant. One leads to another. Computer/Programming is nothing but the speed and accuracy - nothing more and nothing less.

-Ashok
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## Re: statistician and clinical sas programmer

hi saroja,
that's a very nice answer from you.
that may have cleared hundreds of doubts in so many brians.
keep going on...

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## Re: statistician and clinical sas programmer

Re: They are apples and oranges.

There is nothing like that when it comes to statistician and clinical sas programmer.

Statistician has a data from a pool while the programmer can project the data based on the human anticipation and input to the projection.

Computer/Programming is nothing but the speed and accuracy - nothing more and nothing less.

-Ashok
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