Rick Wicklin
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Research Statistician Developer

Rick Wicklin, PhD, is a distinguished researcher in computational statistics at SAS and is a principal developer of PROC IML and SAS/IML Studio. His areas of expertise include computational statistics, statistical graphics, and modern methods in statistical data analysis. Rick is author of the books Statistical Programming with SAS/IML Software and Simulating Data with SAS. Follow @RickWicklin on Twitter.

Recent Posts

Resampling and permutation tests in SAS

My colleagues at the SAS & R blog recently posted an example of how to program a permutation test in SAS and R. Their SAS ... Read More

What is the coefficient of variation?

I sometimes wonder whether some functions and options in SAS software ever get used. Last week I was reviewing new features that were added to ... Read More

The difference between RUN and CALL for SAS/IML subroutines

Have you ever noticed that some SAS/IML programmers use the CALL statement to call a subroutine, whereas others use the RUN statement? Have you ever ... Read More

The distribution of Pythagorean triples

When I studied high school geometry, I noticed that many homework problems involved right triangles whose side lengths were integers. The canonical example is the ... Read More

An efficient way to increment a matrix diagonal

I was recently asked about how to use the SAS/IML language to efficiently add a constant to every element of a matrix diagonal. Mathematically, the ... Read More

The distribution of blood types by country

My colleague Robert Allison has a knack for finding fascinating data. Last week he did it again by locating data about how blood types and ... Read More

Binning data by quantiles? Beware of rounded data

In my article about how to create a quantile plot, I chose not to discuss a theoretical issue that occasionally occurs. The issue is that ... Read More

Recent additions to the SAS/IML file exchange

It has been three months since the introduction of the SAS/IML File Exchange, so I thought I'd give a short update on recent submissions and ... Read More

The next power of 2 and other tricks with logarithms

The other day I was doing some computations that caused me to wonder, "What is the smallest power of 2 that is greater than a ... Read More

How to use frequency analysis to crack the Cryptoquote puzzle

Many people enjoy solving word games such as the daily Cryptoquote puzzle, which uses a simple substitution cipher to disguise a witty or wise quote ... Read More