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SAS has unveiled several new programs and initiatives to develop more software languages for analytical innovation and research. These include free artificial intelligence (AI) software for higher education and a new analytics simulation game.

One of the new platforms is SAS Viya for Learners, a full suite of cloud-based software that supports the full life cycle of analytics. It also gives users access to the advanced SAS AI and machine learning analytics tools. The full suite is free of charge.

SAS Viya for Learners is intended for use in academic institutions. It allows them to increase placement rates for graduates by building a complete, advanced analysis program within a single software environment. The suite includes support tools such as online chat, online tutorials, e-learning opportunities, documentation, communities and technical support.

The platform aims to provide students with expertise in the most popular software languages, including SAS, Python and R. Students will also learn to explore data, discover insights and roll out AI and machine learning models.


The Cortex service was developed by SAS and the Canadian business school HEC Montreal. Cortex is an online simulation game that teaches analytical and predictive modelling skills. Teachers can bring experiences from the real world to the classroom, by having students compete to create the best model to support a fictitious charity’s investment round.

The game offers students information about that organization and a dataset of potential donors. Students also have access to data mining tools from SAS. On a leaderboard you can see which students have the model with the best quality and the best results.

Cortex is free for teachers to use. Students can access the game from a desktop or in the cloud, although a small fee has to be paid.


SAS also unveiled three new certificates at specialist level in machine learning, natural language and computer vision, and forecasting and optimization. Specialists who try to obtain these certificates automatically receive the credentials on a professional level. It concerns SAS Certified Professional: AI and Machine Learning. The certificates can be obtained online, but also during a two-week classroom course.

Furthermore, SAS started working with Acclaim to create digital badges for SAS credentials. The badges can be added to online CVs, social media and signatures in emails.

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