SSCC News for October 2000

Inside this issue...
Using STAT/TRANSFER and DBMS/COPY with SAS Version 8 Data Sets
SAS Bug in T-Test Procedure
SSCC's Emergency Phone Number has Changed
EUDORA Updates
SSCC Fall Training Schedule
STATA Licenses/Manuals Now Available for Purchase Through SSCC

Using STAT/TRANSFER and DBMS/COPY with SAS Version 8 Data Sets

STAT/TRANSFER and DBMS/COPY cannot yet handle version 8 SAS data sets. This has created problems for UNIX users since the SAS 6 license expired at the end of September. Until new versions of STAT/TRANSFER and DBMS/COPY become available, you will need to convert your SAS 8 data sets to transport files before using STAT/TRANSFER and DBMS/COPY. Transport files are documented in SSCC Pub. #7-4.

If you use SAS 8 on your PC, you have a second option. You can create SAS version 6 data sets using version 8. You do this by specifying the V6 engine on your LIBNAME statement:

libname save v6 "c:\sasdata";
data save.aust99;
STAT/TRANSFER can then read these files.

SAS Bug in T-Test Procedure

PROC TTEST incorrectly computes the standard deviation, upper and lower confidence limits for the standard deviation, upper and lower confidence limits for the mean, standard error, t-statistic and p-value when there is a WEIGHT statement with version 8 of SAS. We are awaiting the "hot fix" for this bug from DoIT. Meanwhile, PROC MEANS, PROC GLM or PROC MIXED can be used to correctly calculate these weighted statistics.

SSCC's Emergency Phone Number has Changed

Please make a note of SSCC's new emergency number: 578-2962. This number is for reporting UNIX or NT network failures after-hours.

Eudora Updates

A lot of you have been getting a pop-up window in Eudora, telling you about the upgrade to Eudora 5.0. There is normally a charge to run this upgrade in paid mode (without the ads). The details of this upgrade, specifically the license number for the UW's site license, have not yet been finalized.

Please be aware that if you choose to run this upgrade, you will be using a sponsored version of Eudora. This means that you will have an ad window that you cannot close or remove. Removing the upgrade is a fairly involved process, so be sure you are willing to have the ad window before you run the upgrade. SSCC will keep you informed, and let you know when the paid-mode upgrade is available.


The School of Education is looking into the possibility of a University-wide site license for QSR sofware. This includes NUD*IST and Nvivo. They need to know how much interest there is in this program, and how many people actually use it. The current individual educational prices are $325 for a single user for NT, with five additional users for $1140. If you use this program, please send email to, to help us get an accurate count of interested parties in SSCC.

SSCC Fall Training Schedule

All SSCC training sessions require preregistration. If less than three people have preregistered for a course one week prior to its start date, the class may be canceled. Click here to register for a session(s). You will be reminded about your preregistration through e-mail a day or two before the class begins.

Date Time Topic Room Instructor
10/11 1:30-3:00 Understanding Logistic Regression in SAS 2470 White
10/17 2:00-3:30 Multi-User Editing in Word 3218 Brauer
10/25 1:30-2:30 Using PC-Pine 2470 Wald
10/31 10:00-11:00 Keeping Current Using the Internet 2470 Solock
11/9 10:00-11:00 Using the Table Feature in Word 3218 Brauer
11/15 1:30-2:30 Advanced Features of Eudora 2470 Wald

STATA Licenses/Manuals Now Available for Purchase Through SSCC

SSCC has worked out an arrangement with Stata Corporation which allows us to stock STATA and STAT/TRANSFER software and manuals. This means you (and anyone else on the UW-Madison Campus) can get your software and/or manuals very quickly and cheaper than STATA's usual Academic discounted price. Here's how the arrangement works: You call Stata Corporation (800-782-8272) to place and pay for your order. Then once Stata Corporation receives payment, they fax us the order information and you can pick up your materials from Sandi Lenz in Social Science 4405.

Prices are as follows:

Small Stata software and Getting Started manual                  $55.00
Intercooled Stata software and Getting Started manual             99.00
User's Guide and Extract Manual (GradDoc)                         49.00
Stata User's Guide                                                25.00
Stata Extract Manual                                              35.00
4-volume Reference Manual Set                                    105.00
Stata Graphics Manual                                             15.00
ProfDoc (4-volume Reference, Graphics, Guide)                    130.00

Stata 6.0 software is available under the GradPlan for Windows 98/95/2000/NT, Power Macintosh, and Linux. Linux is only available for Intercooled Stata, not Small.

To purchase Intercooled Stata 6.0, complete, with all the documentation, you want to buy the following:

Intercooled Stata software plus Getting Started manual            99.00
ProfDoc (4-volume Reference, Graphics, Guide)                    130.00
                                                       TOTAL     229.00

If you are a student and do not want to purchase all the documentation, we recommend that you buy the GradDoc (Guide + Extract) for $49.

The following products are also available through the GradPlan: Maximum Likelihood Estimation with Stata book 25.00 Stat/Transfer 5.0 (Windows 98/95/2000/NT software and manual) 42.00 Stata Graphics Editor (DOS software and manual) 48.00

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