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Chapter Organization

Following a brief changes and enhancements section, this book is divided into three major parts. Part One contains general information to aid you in working with SAS/ETS Software. Part Two is the Procedure Reference that is comprised of chapters that explain the SAS procedures that make up SAS/ETS software. Finally, Part Three is the reference for the Time Series Forecasting System, an interactive forecasting menu system that uses PROC ARIMA to perform time series forecasting.

"Changes and Enhancements to SAS/ETS Software in Versions 7 and 8" summarizes the new features added to SAS/ETS software since the publication of SAS/ETS Software: Changes and Enhancements for Release 6.12. If you have used SAS/ETS software in the past, you may want to skim "Changes and Enhancements to SAS/ETS Software in Versions 7 and 8" to see what's new.

Part One contains the following chapters.

Chapter 1 provides an overview of SAS/ETS software and summarizes related SAS Institute publications, products, and services.

Chapter 2, "Working with Time Series Data," discusses the use of SAS data management and programming features for time series data.

Chapter 3, "Date Intervals, Formats, and Functions," summarizes the time intervals, date and datetime informats, date and datetime formats, and date and datetime functions available in the SAS system.

Chapter 4, "SAS Macros and Functions," documents SAS macros provided with SAS/ETS software. These macros use SAS/ETS procedures to perform Dickey-Fuller tests, test for the need for log transformations, or select optimal Box-Cox transformation parameters for time series data.

Chapter 5, "The SASEFAME Interface Engine," documents the SASEFAME interface engine that allows SAS users the ability to access and process time series data residing in a FAME database, and provides a seamless interface between FAME and SAS data processing.

Chapter 6, "Using the Output Delivery System," provides an introduction to the Output Delivery System (ODS).

Part Two contains the chapters that explain the SAS procedures that make up SAS/ETS software. These chapters appear in alphabetical order by procedure name.

The chapters documenting the SAS/ETS procedures are organized as follows:

  1. Each chapter begins with an Overview section that gives a brief description of the procedure.
  2. The Getting Started section provides a tutorial introduction on how to use the procedure.
  3. The Syntax section is a reference to the SAS statements and options that control the procedure.
  4. The Details section discusses various technical details.
  5. The Examples section contains examples of the use of the procedure.
  6. The References section contains technical references on methodology.

Part Three contains the chapters that document the features of the Time Series Forecasting System.

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