Sunday, November 23, 2008

Using SEER Public_use Data: 10

This is my tenth and final blog on the SEER Public-Use Data files.

I have prepared three web sites with much of the information that appeared in this series of 10 blog posts:

Obtaining the SEER data files and basic query subroutines, in Perl

A sample project

More examples

If you want to do creative data mining, you will need to learn a little computer programming.

For Perl and Ruby programmers, methods and scripts for using SEER and other publicly available biomedical databases, are described in detail in my prior books:

Perl Programming for Medicine and Biology

Ruby Programming for Medicine and Biology

An overview of the many uses of biomedical information is available in my book,
Biomedical Informatics

More information on cancer is available in my recently published book, Neoplasms

© 2008 Jules Berman

As specified in the SEER Data Agreement, the citation for the SEER data is as follows:

"Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program ( Limited-Use Data (1973-2005), National Cancer Institute, DCCPS, Surveillance Research Program, Cancer Statistics Branch, released April 2008, based on the November 2007 submission."

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