Event History & Survival Analysis
July 2013

For Registrants: Here are materials and information that will help you prepare for the course.


Time and Place
The first session will begin at 9:00 a.m.on Monday, July 15, in the Kyoto/Yalta Room at the Hub Commerce Square, 2001 Market St., Philadelphia, PA. The class will start promptly, so plan to arrive about 10 minutes earlier to check in and get organized. Class will end around 5 p.m. each day. There will be a 1 hour lunch break each day around noon.

If you’re walking from the Club Quarters Hotel, head west on Chestnut Street towards South 17th Street. Turn right on South 19th Street. Cross Market Street and turn left onto Market Street until you reach 2001 Market Street.  Upon entering, look for THE HUB security desk. You will be directed to the elevator for the second floor.

Transportation. Driving, Parking, and Rail Information for the HUB Commerce Square. Directions to Club Quarters Hotel.

Parking. We recommend using public transportation. The HUB Commerce Square is located 4 blocks from Suburban Station. AMTRAK passengers arriving at 30th Street Station may take any of the regional (SEPTA) rail lines from the station to the next stop at Suburban Station. Parking information can be found here.

Stata Notes.  If you would like a copy of the Stata version of the course handout (in addition to the SAS handout), please let us know by sending an email to mary@statisticalhorizons.com as soon as possible (and no later than Monday, July 8). You can pick up your copy when the course begins on Monday morning. But we’ll only have copies for those who have requested them. 

Laptops. This is a hands-on course with at least one hour each day devoted to carefully structured and supervised assignments.  Additional time is available for exploring other sample data sets. Or you can bring your own data and try out new techniques as you learn them. To do the exercises, you will need to bring your own laptop computer with SAS (or Stata) installed.  Power outlets will be provided at each seat. 

Data. Prior to you arrival, download the 7 data sets listed below. They can be found under Resources->Data Sets on this website. Each file is available as both a SAS data set and a Stata data set. These data sets will be used as examples in class and for the exercises. We recommend that they be stored on your computer in a separate folder (directory). For ease of access, SAS users should declare this folder to be a SAS library. 

SAS users should also download a macro called LIFEHAZ for use in the exercises. Again, this can be found on the Statistical Horizons website under Resources->SAS Macros. For best results, right-click on the download link, and choose “save link as” or “save target as”.  


Your are welcome to bring your own data to try out the methods presented in class.  For optimal results, any data should be in the form of  SAS data sets stored on a flash drive.  Even if you aren’t bringing data sets, we recommend that you bring a flash drive to store programs and output.  

Materials. You’ll get a free copy of the Professor Allison’s book, Survival Analysis Using SAS® (second edition). You’ll also receive a bound manual containing detailed lecture notes (with equations and graphics), examples of computer printout, and many other useful features. This book frees participants from the distracting task of notetaking.

Food. Coffee and a light afternoon snack with be served. For lunch, there are many restaurants in the immediate area. There are several places that offer a variety of options:

Pagano’s Market & Bar
2 Commerce Square
2001 Market Street

Coventry Deli
2000 Market Street

Comcast Center Market
1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard

If you need additional information, please give us a call (610-642-1941) or send an e-mail message to mary@statisticalhorizons.com.