Clinton and Trump take Twitter

Clinton and Trump take Twitter

Clinton vs. Trump 2016: Analyzing and Visualizing Sentiments towards Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s Policies

Oklahoma State University graduate student Siddharth Grover has always been interested in politics, so the idea to analyze the Twitter buzz around the US presidential candidates came naturally to him. He did a similar analysis of the General Election in India, while getting his MBA there in 2014.

For this project, Grover analyzed trending topics, keywords and sentiment of the tweets sent from both candidates’ Twitter accounts @realdonaldtrump and @hillaryclinton plus trending hashtags like #trump2016 and #clinton2016, from April to June 2016.

He also collected information on the number of followers, retweets, and “favorited” tweets for both candidates. As we all know during campaign season, political candidates are prolific, so the volume amounted to about 200,000 tweets. In three months.

Using SAS® Enterprise Miner and SAS® Sentiment Analysis Studio, Grover analyzed the contents of every tweet, examining each candidate’s views on the top issues (immigration, taxes, gun control, etc.) and identifying patterns of sentiment and how they shifted across time and geographic regions. He presented his findings at the Analytics Experience 2016 conference. The results were fascinating.

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Students in analytics: Lucy D’Agostino

As we continue our Student in Analytics series, we chat with Lucy D’Agostino.

Lucy is a PhD student at Vanderbilt University studying biostatistics. She believes SAS is an essential tool to have in your “tool belt” -- and something that will give you an advantage in your career.

Listen to some other tips from Lucy on what SAS resources she finds most helpful.

Another tip for people interested in learning SAS is downloading SAS University Edition. This free version of SAS will allow you to get hands on with the software. If you need some formal training, there’s free e-courses and tutorials to help. Visit the getting started with SAS webpage to find all the resources.

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How interns can be entrepreneurs

#sasinternlifeWhat can interns have in common with Steve Jobs? Their spirit -- an entrepreneurial spirit.

These days, the role of an entrepreneur isn’t just reserved for those launching startups. Drive, passion, and overall entrepreneurial spirit can resonate within all employees, including interns, even at large global companies.

Interning at a leading global tech company is any student’s dream. Filled with great minds and collaborative teams, SAS is an amazing place for interns to gain free knowledge (and college students love free stuff). Since I started as a SAS intern in the summer of 2015, I’ve noticed the great similarities between interns and entrepreneurs. While entrepreneurs utilize their assets, take risks, and seek potential investors, interns make use of valuable SAS resources, tackle projects and new learning opportunities, and network with those who could potentially invest in their future careers.

Anyone can be an entrepreneur and bring an entrepreneurial spirit to the workplace, especially interns who are fresh faces to the company and can bring novel ideas to the table. Here are some ways I think interns can start being an entrepreneur:

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How can we design software to help law enforcement catch the bad guys and avert terrorist activities?

This was one tough question asked of a highly driven group of 30 local teenagers who participated in a challenge event hosted by SAS Scotland in the Glasgow office on Aug. 9.

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"The Recruit" is an intensive summerlong challenge programme for 16- and 17-year-olds from the Inverclyde region, near Glasgow. Its objective is “Developing Business Leaders of the Future." The challenges of the programme are loosely based on TV show "The Apprentice," along with a strong education element, and entrepreneurship aimed at raising funds for charity.

The SAS team in Scotland gave an overview of how SAS helps customers solve real-life problems, and gave a detailed presentation on roles in Research & Development and software development. SAS industry specialist and former senior police expert John Gillon presented an overview of the intelligence life cycle, captivating the young students with real-life examples from his experiences within Police Scotland.

The challenge set was in two parts: Firstly, the students were given a real-world task of open-source intelligence gathering, collating, managing, and summarising events from the series of European terrorist attacks in November 2015. They learned that often information can be conflicting and fuzzy, often repeated information made it difficult to find lost nuggets of intelligence quickly, and that accurately and concisely summarising this when briefing others can be challenging.

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SAS and Capella Women in Analytics Scholarship

It’s been called the sexiest job of the 21st century and the most valuable career skill you can add to your resume. Of course, I’m talking about analytics. And whether you call them statisticians, data scientists or business analysts, individuals with analytics skills are in high demand.

SAS is doing its part to help expand the pool of analytics professionals. We offer students and adult learners free access to SAS software and free, full-length courses in statistics and SAS programming to get them started. Our latest effort is the Capella and SAS Women in Analytics Scholarships.

The program helps address what a McKinsey Global Institute says will be a shortage of 200,000 analytical professionals by 2018, while encouraging women to pursue careers in analytics.

Capella and SAS announced the program’s first recipients on August 30. Two full scholarships for Capella’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Data Analytics program and two scholarships for Capella’s Master of Science in Analytics program were awarded.

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Analytics Shootout and Poster Contest Winners Announced

The new Analytics Experience 2016 conference is right around the corner! For students that means opportunities to be recognized for their analytics expertise through two contents associated with the event.

Analytics Shootout

Every year, SAS, along with the Institute for Health and Business Insight at Central Michigan University, team up to bring you the Analytics Shootout.  This is a team competition where students get to solve a hypothetical, real-world business problem.  This year’s problem focuses on the Baby Boomer generation, and the impacts to the health care system as this population ages.  Teams are given tasks, things to consider, and data sets to solve this problem.  The Top 3 teams receive an all-inclusive trip for the faculty advisor and one team member to attend the conference.  Teams also get to present their work during a 15-minute presentation. First, second and third place will be announced at the conference.

analyticssshootoutThe competition was fierce this year, and we are pleased to announce, in no particular order, the Top 3 teams of the 2016 Analytics Shootout!

  • Team 13 - University of Central Florida
  • Team 39 - University of Georgia
  • Team 2 - University of Oregon

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The well-equipped student: Using SAS University Edition, the Jupyter Notebook, and e-Learning

SAS University Edition, the Jupyter Notebook, and e-LearningNot long ago, the well-equipped student entering the job market would only need a degree on their resume. Now, certifications and other advanced skills developed outside of a degree program are becoming essential. In response to growing market demands and the increased importance of analytics, data science, and big data skills at top organizations around the world, students who want to get ahead of the game are wise to include SAS as part of their education. Fortunately, SAS provides learning tools at no cost for individuals who are looking to advance or grow these valuable analytical skills.

The free tools that SAS provides include SAS University Edition, which bundles access to both SAS Studio and Jupyter Notebook, SAS e-Learning courses and complete online tutorials.

SAS e-Learning

You might find yourself asking, “where do I start if I want to gain SAS skills?” Well, in order to learn the knowledge to begin programming in SAS, you can take both the e-Learning Statistics 1 and Programming 1: Essentials courses. Both are available on the SAS website at no cost. The Statistics 1 course focuses on t-tests, ANOVA, linear regression and logistic regression, while the Programming 1: Essentials course focuses on navigating the SAS environment, reading various types of data into SAS data sets, creating SAS variables and subset data and creating and enhancing listing and summary reports.  These courses will give you a good foundation as you begin your journey with SAS programming.

SAS University Edition

If you need access to SAS Software, check out SAS University Edition. Because it runs on your local machine, it is one of the easiest ways to practice SAS on your own.  No internet access is required, making it mobile and convenient. SAS Studio, the web application used with SAS University Edition, is a powerful interface that comes with dozens of built-in tasks including filtering, transposing and sorting data.

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SAS Global Forum Student Symposium registration open

SASGF2017_globeSAS Global Forum 2017 will be held at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, April 2-5, 2017.

At SAS Global Forum 2016, the first ever Student Symposium was held. It provided the perfect platform for teams of postsecondary students to showcase their analytical skills and compete with their peers for a trip to the conference. It was such a great experience for all that we are pleased to announce that the Student Symposium will be held again at SAS Global Forum 2017!

The competition will look a bit different from last year’s competition.  The main difference: you get to choose the data you wish to analyze!  There are some data requirements so you’ll want to visit the website and Official Rules for complete details.

Another change from last year is how student will use SAS software for their analysis. Instead of the SAS environment being provided, as it was last year, students will use either SAS University Edition or SAS OnDemand for Academics to complete their analysis.  If you need access to SAS OnDemand, please email

As was the case last year, the Top 8 teams will again be rewarded with travel to SAS Global Forum in Orlando in April 2017 to present their project in a 20-minute breakout session. The oral presentations done on-site will then be judged, and the top three teams announced at the conference.

This is a fantastic way to showcase your analytical skills in solving a real-world problem. So, grab a few classmates and register your team today!

Questions?  Email

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Students in analytics: Jason Bentley

With the analytics skills gap and rise in big data, there’s never been a better time to study analytics.

In this series, Students in Analytics, I’ll interview several students and recent grads about why they’re pursuing degrees in analytics.

Jason Bentley is a PhD student at the University of Sydney. He talks about his passion for data analysis and using that information to help people in their everyday lives.

If you’re interested in learning SAS, check out SAS University Edition. Not only will you get access to SAS software, but there’s an online community, training and documentation to help you develop your analytical skills – and possibly lead you to a new future with what a new study confirms is the hottest skill in today's job market.

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Using data to tell better stories

Using data to make better decisionsAccess to SAS® at an early age can change lives. If the most valuable skills to have in today’s job market are SAS® Analytics skills – and we know they are – then what better way to support young people than to teach them SAS?

That’s the premise, and the promise, of the Yale-Bridgeport GEAR UP program.

GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. The Connecticut-based program, hosted by Yale University's School of Medicine in conjunction with the Bridgeport City School District, is a federally funded US Department of Education grant program aimed at significantly increasing the number of low-income and minority students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education.

Approximately 40 rising high school seniors from Connecticut participated in this summer’s boot camp-style program. At the heart of the program was instruction in SAS® Studio via SAS® OnDemand for Academics, available free of charge to educators. Lisa Dierker, Professor of Psychology at Wesleyan University, and a group of peer mentors (undergraduate and graduate students from Yale and Wesleyan) led the students.

In just nine days, students with no background in analytics, programming or SAS selected a research topic, gathered and analyzed data, and presented their work to a host of academic, non-profit and industry representatives.

The students who participated in the program not only learned basic SAS programming, they learned about a whole new arena of professional possibilities.

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