What Does SAS Mean?

SAS (Statistical Analysis System) is a programming language for statistical analysis that is useful in various fields and industries for data mining and related data handling. It provides results related to multivariate analysis, predictive analytics and more.


Techopedia Explains SAS

SAS is a generally useful statistical set of applications that helps with various kinds of analysis. In multivariate analysis, SAS can provide focus for analyzing comparisons of large numbers of variables to reach insights and sort through the “noise” of big data. In predictive analytics, SAS can take large amounts of information and build predictive models. It is useful for business intelligence and other purposes.

However, in some specific areas, other software packages are widely used for statistics — for example, in sociology and related disciplines, it is more common to use SPSS for statistical analysis than it is to use SAS. That makes SAS somewhat more focused on enterprise, raw scientific data or machine learning and generative AI results.


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