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Thursday, April 25, 2024
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ChatGPT is at the forefront of the next revolution, and in this class, we’re about to embark on a journey that will demystify this remarkable technology. Imagine a virtual assistant that can comprehend and generate human-like text from Clinical Trial Data, a tool that can answer questions about specific patients, write SAS/R/Python codes, assist in content creation such as tables/listing/graphs, and even unleash its creativity in the realm of art. To truly harness its potential, you need to understand how to use ChatGPT in the art of prompt engineering, application development using ChatGPT API in Python/SAS and fine-tuning ChatGPT with your own data. In the class, we will embark on an exploration of ChatGPT that will equip you with the knowledge and skills to leverage its capabilities effectively while ensuring ethical and responsible use.   The class will cover various aspects of Large Language Models (LLM), with a focus on ChatGPT. It will begin with an introduction to LLM. The class then delves into ChatGPT, explaining its purpose, development history, and potential impact on organizations and individuals. The class will explore ChatGPT applications, including website prompts, API integration, Python coding and fine-tuning, and presents use cases ranging from simple inquiries, SAS coding, SAS migration to R/Python, to art generation. There’s an emphasis on how to effectively use ChatGPT through prompt engineering techniques. Concerns regarding ChatGPT, such as data privacy, bias, and ethical considerations, will be addressed. Finally, the class touches on enterprise-level ChatGPT implementation, discussing risk mitigation and regulatory compliance.   After attending the class, you will emerge with a comprehensive understanding of the LLM and ChatGPT phenomenon, including its architecture, practical use cases, prompt engineering, and API applications using Python/SAS. You will learn practical skills to effectively utilize ChatGPT in various domains, from effective prompts, content development, coding, art generation and more. Furthermore, you will gain insights into the ethical considerations surrounding LLM and ChatGPT, encompassing data privacy, bias, and regulatory compliance. You will also be equipped with knowledge about enterprise-level ChatGPT implementation and risk mitigation strategies. Ultimately, this class will empower you to leverage ChatGPT’s transformative potential while adhering to ethical and responsible ChatGPT practices in Biometric Department.   Presented by Kevin Lee.   REGISTER today.
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Many programming tasks require merging time series of varying frequency. For instance you might have three datasets (YEAR, QTR, and MONTH) of data, each with eponymous frequency and sorted by common id and date variables. Producing a monthly file with the most recent quarterly and yearly data is a hierarchical last-observation-carried-forward (LOCF) task. Or you may have three irregular times series (ADMISSIONS, SERVICES, TESTRESULTS), in which you want to capture the latest data from each source at every date encountered (event-based LOCF). These are tasks often left poorly optimized by most SQL-based languages, in which row order is ignored in the interests of optimizing table manipulation.   This presentation shows how to use conditional SET statements in the SAS® DATA step to update specific portions of the program data vector (i.e. the YEAR variables or the QTR variables) to carry forward low frequency data to multiple subsequent high frequency records. A similar approach works just as well for carrying forward data from irregular time series. We’ll also show how to use “sentinel variables” as a means of controlling the maximum time-span data is carried forward, i.e. how to remove historical data that has become “stale.” Finally, we will demonstrate how to modify these techniques to carry future observations backward, without re-sorting data.   Presented by Mark Keintz Mark Keintz has been using SAS® since it was documented in one book. His interests are largely in development of applications for financial research and education, addressed in several presentations at SAS Global Forums and various regional SAS user groups. Mark's primary SAS expertise is in DATA step programming, hash programming techniques, efficient use of large data sets, and macro programming.   REGISTER for this virtual event today.
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Monday, May 13, 2024
Corteva Carver Reseach Center, 7000 NW 62nd Ave, Johnston, IA 50131, USA
This year's annual Iowa SAS® Users Group conference will be held on May 13th, 2024. Our in-person conference is a great opportunity for Iowa SAS® users and their colleagues and friends to get together for team building, to network and meet or get reacquainted with other fellow SAS® users, exchange ideas, and potentially discover and/or share job/contracting opportunities.   The program will allow you to choose from 3 concurrent presentation sessions that will be held in separate rooms. Presentation sessions are scheduled to allow for 10 minute breaks in between sessions. This year, we have invited SAS speakers, Lincoln H. Groves, Jacqueline (Jackie) Johnson and Charu Shankar. We also welcome back professional trainer/"SASNerd" Kirk Lafler, and will also have local SAS® guru Simon Geletta joining us to share some of his knowledge with us as well.   During morning registration time and lunch break, you will have a valuable opportunity to share concepts and ideas, and for networking, to expand your familiarity with your fellow SAS® users within the community here in the Des Moines Metro area. We encourage you to bring your business cards and expand your network within the SAS® community. There will be a bulletin board where contract opportunities, related events, and other announcements can be affixed. We also encourage hiring managers and consultants seeking contracts to bring your job requirements in hard copy for distribution.   We'll end the conference by holding a closing session where door-prizes (which include a laptop computer and much, much more) are given away before we wrap up the conference. You don't want to miss the closing session, so stick around!   To view the full Conference Program please go to   Register today!
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We learned so much and had so much fun at SAS Innovate 2024. So many activities, so many announcements. We're going to try and cover as many highlights as we can in May's rendition of the SAS Bowl.   Game Details The SAS Support Community trivia event, SAS Bowl XL, SAS Innovate 2024 - Recap is scheduled for Wednesday, May 15, at 10 a.m. ET. Register for the event and receive an invite to a Microsoft Teams meeting and a calendar event. On game day, join the Teams meeting and access the game here.   More on SAS Innovate Highlights Starting off the week was the SAS Hackathon Boot Camp and education workshops. Wednesday started off with the general session and then breakout sessions in the afternoon. At any point you could visit the Innovation Hub. The activities in the Hub are too numerous to count. You could attend one of the scores of Super Demos, visit a booth, get your virtual bobble head made, etc. Watching SAS CTO, Bryan Harris, burn his taste bud on hot wings was also a highlight. And finally, all the technology announcements, including: SAS Viya Workbench, SAS Viya Copilot, SAS Enterprise Guide on SAS Viya, and so many more.   Weren't able to make it to SAS Innovate? Here's a link to On-Demand sessions (registration required). You can watch all the general sessions as well as some select breakout session. SAS Innovate 2024 On-Demand   SAS Bowl and event details For those who may be new to the SAS Bowl, you can find game history and specifics in this Community memo. There you'll also find links to previous events, which include recordings.   Register for the event and receive an invite with game details and a Teams meeting link. On game day, Join the TEAMS meeting to play, and show off your SAS and worldly knowledge while competing for bragging rights and SAS Community game gear.
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