SCS Short Courses, Fall 2002

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Data Analysis Using SAS
Introduction to SPSS for Windows
What's New in SAS? V8 (and beyond)
An Introduction to R and S-Plus

Data Analysis Using SAS for Windows

Instructor: Ernest Kwan, MA
Dates: THURSDAYS, October 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2002
Time:9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Location:Room T107 (PC lab) Steacie Science Library
Enrolment Limit: 25

Sessions One and Two provide an overview of SAS and its underlying logic; an explanation of the use of the Display Manager System to run a SAS job; an introduction to the SAS Data step for reading, transforming, and storing data; and a demonstration of how statistical analyses may be performed in SAS Insight.

Sessions Three and Four will concentrate on SAS programming techniques to modify data and enhance SAS output. More statistical procedures will be introduced for general linear models.

Introduction to SPSS for Windows

Instructor: Mirka Ondrack, MSc
Dates: Wednesdays, October 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2002
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Room T107 Steacie Science Library
Enrolment Limit: 25

This course presents the basics of the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). Session One will introduce the computing concepts of SPSS, the different facilities for reading data into an SPSS spreadsheet, and saving SPSS data files for future use. At the end of the first session, participants should be able to run simple programs, including some statistical procedures.

Sessions Two and Three will cover basic data modifications, transformations and other functions including the uses of SPSS system files. More statistical procedures will also be introduced, with an emphasis on the use of graphical methods for examining univariate and bivariate relationships. Session Four will cover Analysis of Variance and Least Squares Regression. As with previous sessions, graphical techniques will be demonstrated.

What's New in SAS? V8 (and beyond)

Instructor: Professor Michael Friendly
Dates: Thursdays, November 21 and 28, 2002
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Room 305 York Lanes
Enrolment Limit: 30
The SAS System evolved rapidly from Version 6 to Version 8 (latest: 8.2), and now Version 9 is on the cusp. This workshop is oriented to those who have used SAS in the past and want to know what is new and worthwhile of attention, and what is on the horizon.

An Introduction to R and S-Plus

Instructor: Professor John Fox
Dates: FRIDAYS-- October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8 and 15, 2002
Time: 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Room 305 York Lanes
Enrolment Limit: 30
The statistical programming language and computing environment S, the de facto standard among statisticians, has two major implementations: the commercial product S-PLUS, and the free, open-source R. While some statistical packages make it difficult to undertake analyses that are non-standard or to add to the built-in capabilities of the package, S supports innovative programming; in this regard, statisticians have contributed literally dozens of freely available statistical "libraries" of R and S-PLUS programs. S is also particularly capable in the area of statistical graphics.

The seven sessions in this short course will cover (with chapter references to Fox, 2002):

The statistical content is assumed known or taught in other courses. It is recommended that you buy one of:
  1. J. Fox, An R and S-PLUS Companion to Applied Regression. Sage, 2002. Additional materials are available at
  2. W. N. Venables and B. D. Ripley, Modern Applied Statistics with S-PLUS, Third Edition. New York: Springer, 1999.

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