Python for SAS Professionals

Python for SAS Professionals (2 days)

Are you an experienced SAS professional and you want a quick start to become familiar with Python? Then this course is the right choice for you. Python has recently gathered a lot of interest as a choice of language for data analysis. This course provides fundamentals of the Python programming language. It covers all you need to know to get started with Python quickly and easily. You will learn to use Python software to read data, access, manage and manipulate data, solve problems, save programs and data, use conditional logic, combine files, produce tables and listings of data, and use data analysis techniques. All code examples and exercises are provided as SAS code and Python code.

Course Outline

  • Introduction and comparison of SAS and Python code fragments
  • Data structures, data types and formats
  • Data import, data preview and missing value treatment
  • Sorting and grouping
  • Conditional processing (e.g. IF-Statements)
  • Data preparation: merge- and join-operators
  • Date, time and datetime datatypes
  • Execution of date operations and timeseries analysis
  • Data management best practices, e.g.
    • Drop/keep columns and column rename
    • Treatment of duplicates
    • Extension of tables with additional columns
    • Data transformations (e.g. String to Number, Number to String)
    • Cross-tables and pivoting
    • Data sampling
    • Binning

Who should attend

Data scientists, statisticians, mathematicians, business analysts, market researchers, and information technology professionals who are professional SAS users and want to become familiar with Python.

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