A00-220: SAS Big Data Preparation, Statistics, and Visual Exploration

Successful candidates should have hands-on experience with a variety of SAS data preparation tools, including experience with the following analytical tools:

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  • SAS Visual Analytics
  • SAS DataFlux Data Management Studio.

SAS A00-220 Exam Summary:

Exam Name SAS Big Data Preparation, Statistics, and Visual Exploration
Exam Code  A00-220
Exam Duration  110 minutes
Exam Questions  55 to 60 Multiple choice questions
Passing Score  67%
Exam Price  $180 (USD)
Books  1. SAS Academy for Data Science: Big Data
2. Statistics 1: Introduction to ANOVA, Regression, and Logistic Regression
3. SAS Visual Analytics: Fast Track
4. DataFlux Data Management Studio: Essentials
5. DataFlux Data Management Studio: Customize the Quality Knowledge Base (QKB)
Sample Questions   SAS Big Data Professional Certification Sample Question
Practice Exam   SAS Big Data Professional Certification Practice Exam

SAS A00-220 Exam Topics:

Objective Details 
Data Management – 50%
Navigate within the Data Management Studio Interface – Register a new QKB
– Create and connect to a repository
– Define a data connection
– Specify Data Management Studio options
– Access the QK
– Create a name value macro pair
– Access the business rules manager
– Access the appropriate monitoring report
– Attach and detach primary tabs
Create, design and be able to explore data explorations and interpret results  
Define and create data collections from exploration results  
Create and explore a data profile – Create a data profile from different sources (text file, filtered table, SQL query)
– Interpret results (frequency distribution & pattern)
– Use collections from profile results
Design data standardization schemes – Build a scheme from profile results
– Build a scheme manually
– Update existing schemes
Create Data Jobs – Rename output fields
– Add nodes and preview nodes
– Run a data job
– View a log and settings
– Work with data job settings and data job displays
– Best practices (how do you ensure that you are following a particular best practice): examples: insert notes, establish naming conventions
– Work with branching
– Join tables
– Apply the Field layout node to control field order
– Work with the Data Validation node:
Add it to the job flow
Specify properties/review properties
Edit settings for the Data Validation node
– Work with data inputs
– Work with data outputs
– Profile data from within data jobs
– Interact with the Repository from within Data Jobs
– Determine how data is processed
– Data job variables
– Set Sorting properties for the Data Sorting node
Set appropriate advanced properties options for the Data Sorting Node 
Apply a Standardization definition and scheme – Use a definition
– Use a scheme
– Be able to determine the differences between definition and scheme
– Explain what happens when you use both a definition and scheme
– Review and interpret standardization results
– Be able to explain the different steps involved in the process of standardization 
Apply Parsing definitions – Distinguish between different data types and their tokens
– Review and interpret parsing results
– Be able to explain the different steps involved in the process of parsing
– Use parsing definition 
Compare and contrast the differences between identification analysis and right fielding nodes – Review results
– Explain the technique used for identification (process of the definition)
Apply the Gender Analysis node to determine gender – Use gender definition
– Interpret results
– Explain different techniques for accomplishing gender analysis 
Create an Entity Resolution Job – Use a node in the data job that is the clustering node and explain why you would want to use it
– Survivorship (surviving record identification)
Record rules
Field rules
Options for survivorship
– Discuss and apply the Cluster Diff node
– Apply Cross-field matching (new option)
– Use the Match Codes Node to select match definitions for selected fields
Outline the various uses for match codes (join)
Use the definition
Interpret the results
Match versus match parsed
Explain the process for creating a match code
Select sensitivity for a selected match definition
Apply matching best practices 
Define and create business rules – Use Business Rules Manager
– Create a new business rule
Name/label rule
Specify type of rule
Define checks
Specify fields
– Distinguish between different types of business rules
– Apply business rules
Execute business rule node
– Use of Expression Builder
– Apply best practices 
Describe the organization, structure and basic navigation of the QKB – Identify and describe locale levels (global, language, country)
– Navigate the QKB (tab structure, copy definitions, etc.)
– Identify data types and tokens 
Be able to articulate when to use the various components of the QKB – Components include:
Regular expressions
Phonetics library
Chop Tables 
Define the processing steps and components used in the different definition types – Identify/describe the different definition types
Locale guess
ANOVA and Regression – 30%
Verify the assumptions of ANOVA – Explain the central limit theorem and when it must be applied
– Examine the distribution of continuous variables (histogram, box-whisker, Q-Q plots)
– Describe the effect of skewness on the normal distribution
– Define H0, H1, Type I/II error, statistical power, p-value
– Describe the effect of sample size on p-value and power
– Interpret the results of hypothesis testing
– Interpret histograms and normal probability charts
– Draw conclusions about your data from histogram, box-whisker, and Q-Q plots
– Identify the kinds of problems may be present in the data: (biased sample, outliers, extreme values)
– For a given experiment, verify that the observations are independent
– For a given experiment, verify the errors are normally distributed
– Use the UNIVARIATE procedure to examine residuals
– For a given experiment, verify all groups have equal response variance
– Use the HOVTEST option of MEANS statement in PROC GLM to asses response variance
Analyze differences between population means using the GLM and TTEST procedures – Use the GLM Procedure to perform ANOVA
CLASS statement
MODEL statement
MEANS statement
OUTPUT statement
– Evaluate the null hypothesis using the output of the GLM procedure
– Interpret the statistical output of the GLM procedure (variance derived from MSE, F value, p-value R 2 , Levene’s test)
– Interpret the graphical output of the GLM procedure
– Use the TTEST Procedure to compare means
Perform ANOVA post hoc test to evaluate treatment affect – use the LSMEANS statement in the GLM or PLM procedure to perform pairwise comparisons
– use PDIFF option of LSMEANS statement
– use ADJUST option of the LSMEANS statement (TUKEY and DUNNETT)
– Interpret diffograms to evaluate pairwise comparisons
– Interpret control plots to evaluate pairwise comparisons
– Compare/Contrast use of pairwise T-Tests, Tukey and Dunnett comparison methods
Detect and analyze interactions between factors – Use the GLM procedure to produce reports that will help determine the significance of the interaction between factors.
MODEL statement
LSMEANS with SLICE=option (Also using PROC PLM)
– Interpret the output of the GLM procedure to identify interaction between factors:
F Value
R Squared
Fit a multiple linear regression model using the REG and GLM procedures – Use the REG procedure to fit a multiple linear regression model
– Use the GLM procedure to fit a multiple linear regression model
Analyze the output of the REG, PLM, and GLM procedures for multiple linear regression models – Interpret REG or GLM procedure output for a multiple linear regression model: convert models to algebraic expressions
– Convert models to algebraic expressions
– Identify missing degrees of freedom
– Identify variance due to model/error, and total variance
– Calculate a missing F value
– Identify variable with largest impact to model
– For output from two models, identify which model is better
– Identify how much of the variation in the dependent variable is explained by the model
– Conclusions that can be drawn from REG, GLM, or PLM output: (about H0, model quality, graphics) 
Use the REG or GLMSELECT procedure to perform model selection – Use the SELECTION option of the model statement in the GLMSELECT procedure
– Compare the different model selection methods (STEPWISE, FORWARD, BACKWARD)
– Enable ODS graphics to display graphs from the REG or GLMSELECT procedure
– Identify best models by examining the graphical output (fit criterion from the REG or GLMSELECT procedure)
– Assign names to models in the REG procedure (multiple model statements) 
Assess the validity of a given regression model through the use of diagnostic and residual analysis – Explain the assumptions for linear regression
– From a set of residuals plots, asses which assumption about the error terms has been violated
– Use REG procedure MODEL statement options to identify influential observations (Student Residuals, Cook’s D, DFFITS, DFBETAS)
– Explain options for handling influential observations
– Identify colinearity problems by examining REG procedure output
– Use MODEL statement options to diagnose collinearity problems (VIF, COLLIN, COLLINOINT)
Perform logistic regression with the LOGISTIC procedure – Identify experiments that require analysis via logistic regression
– Identify logistic regression assumptions
– logistic regression concepts (log odds, logit transformation, sigmoidal relationship between p and X)
– Use the LOGISTIC procedure to fit a binary logistic regression model (MODEL and CLASS statements) 
Optimize model performance through input selection – Use the LOGISTIC procedure to fit a multiple logistic regression model
– Perform Model Selection (STEPWISE, FORWARD, BACKWARD) within the LOGISTIC procedure 
Interpret the output of the LOGISTIC procedure – Interpret the output from the LOGISTIC procedure for binary logistic regression models:
Model Convergence section
Testing Global Null Hypothesis table
Type 3 Analysis of Effects table
Analysis of Maximum Likelihood Estimates table
Association of Predicted Probabilities and Observed Responses
Visual Data Exploration – 20%
Examine, modify, and create data items – Create and use parameterized data items
– Examine data item properties and measure details
– Change data item properties
– Create custom sorts
– Create distinct counts
– Create aggregated measures
– Create calculated items
– Create hierarchies
– Create custom categories
Select and work with data sources – Work with multiple data sources
– Change data sources
– Refresh data sources
Create, modify, and interpret automatic chart visualizations in Visual Analytics Explorer – Identify default visualizations
– Identify the properties available in an automatic chart
Create, modify, and interpret graph and table visualizations in Visual Analytics Explorer – Work with list table visualizations
– Work with crosstab visualizations
– Work with bar chart visualizations
– Work with line chart visualizations
– Work with scatter plot visualizations
– Work with bubble plot visualizations
– Work with histogram visualizations
– Work with box plot visualizations
– Work with heat map visualizations
– Work with geo map visualizations
– Work with treemap visualizations
– Work with correlation matrix visualizations
Enhance visualizations with analytics within Visual Analytics Explorer – Add fit lines to visualizations
– Create forecasts
– Interpret word clouds 
Interact with visualizations and explorations within Visual Analytics Explorer – Control appearance of visualizations within explorations
– Add comments to visualizations and explorations
– Use filters on data source and visualizations
– Share explorations
– Share visualizations