SAS (pronounced “sass”) is the name of one of the world's largest software development corporations. Originally an acronym for “statistical analysis software,” SAS was created by Jim Goodnight, John Sail, and other researchers at North Carolina State University in the early 1970s. What began as a locally developed set of programs for agricultural research quickly became so popular that in 1976 the SAS Institute was formed in Raleigh, North Carolina, to meet the growing demand. The company immediately formed an alliance with IBM and created the first SAS Users Group International (SUGI), which continues to provide assistance to SAS users, distribute newsletters, maintain a popular Web site and hold conferences throughout the world.

Within 5 years, SAS outgrew its original site and moved to its current ...

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