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SAS OnDemand for Academics To Create Free Research Accounts

SAS will begin allowing academic researchers to use SAS OnDemand for Academics at no cost this fall.

The online data and analytics software has already available to academics for three years, though this will be the first time it has been offered for free. The program has also been free to professors for use in their curriculum and free for student use.

The free research accounts will initially only be available to qualified American researchers and will be created on a first-come, first-served basis.  SAS OnDemand for Academics accounts include:

SAS Enterprise Guide provides a graphic user interface for SAS that provides reporting and analytics features, OLAP access, data management, and various other administrative tools. It includes object-based, customizable wizards; process flow diagrams; publishing and sharing; and support for a wide range of output formats for reports.

SAS Enterprise Miner creates predictive and descriptive models based on analytics of data from across the institution and can be used to detect fraud, minimize risk, or anticipate resource demands, among other things.  It includes scalable processing, data preparation, summarization, exploration, model comparisons,  reporting, and management.

The SAS Forecast Server produces statistically based forecasts. Features of the forecast server include a project setup wizard, a scenario analyzer, automatic outlier detection, and hierarchical reconciliation.

According to Trent Smith, a company representative, a cap will be most likely be placed on the number of accounts, and some criteria will be used to determine which researchers qualify for the free accounts. Smith said that the cap and any qualifications will be determined as SAS gauges the demand for the free service over the next few months.
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