A must-read for petroleum professionals

Oil companies are being forced to explore in geologically complex and remote areas to exploit more unconventional hydrocarbon deposits.  New engineering technology has pushed the envelope of previous upstream experience.  No guidebook existed on how computing methodologies can contribute to E&P performance at reduced risk.  Until now. A new book […]

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Discover something interesting and useful: A data mining overview

A contract instructor for SAS since 1981 and an NC State University professor, David A. Dickey has a passion for statistics and sharing that passion with others. On Tuesday at SAS Global Forum he gave a general overview of data mining, touching on decision trees, regression trees, logistic regression, neural […]

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Forecasting with 15,000 variables and 7,000 models

How does a $55 billion company get a sense of its demand when it operates in virtually every market – from paint to electronics – on a global scale? That’s the question Timothy D. Rey answered during a presentation on how his company, Dow Chemical, used a data mining approach […]

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Data mining for predictive fleet management in the military

Why do military fleet managers drive everywhere looking in the rear-view mirror? Can you imagine driving your car down the freeway but navigating by only using your rear-view mirror?  In essence that’s what most military fleet managers use to manage their assets, be they tanks, trucks or aircraft.  Whatever the […]

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Building a culture of analytics one employee at a time

SAS customers are both bright and generous. Recently, I met several who gathered to discuss SAS Enterprise Miner and SAS Model Manager predictive analytics and data mining software. Hiring the best I loved listening to their discussion on what they look for and how they find the people who will […]

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Kelley Blue Book firing on all cylinders with analytics

Hear directly from an organization that is firing on all cylinders with analytics and achieving true data-driven insight in all its business areas. On Dec. 14, SAS customer Kelley Blue Book (KBB) and SAS Alliance partner Modern Analytics will share firsthand learnings during a live webinar, "Analytics – An Inside Perspective,” […]

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What skills do you need to become a data miner?

This is a question I am often asked: What skills do I need to become a good analyst or data miner? In order to become good data mining practitioner one needs to understand statistical concepts and basic principles of knowledge induction. Knowing inferential stats, t-tests, analysis of variance, regressions, and […]

Cooking up new ways to analyze your data with SAS 9.3

There are many things that I enjoy in life, but cooking and analytics are two of the things that excite me the most. In my free time, one of my favorite things to do is experiment in the kitchen to try to come up with something new and different to […]

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Data. What is it good for?

What is data good for? Absolutely nothing without the right people and the right tools, says Angela Watson, Vice President of Analytics at Overstock.com, an online retailer that offers brand-name merchandise at discounted prices. It’s common for organizations to have “analysis paralysis” where not all departments use data, analytics to […]

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Analytics successes in full swing at Predictive Analytics World

Last month I attended the Predictive Analytics World conference in Washington DC. It attracted more attendees from last year with broad representation from multiple industries. The conference was kicked off by Eric Siegel’s keynote focusing on Five ways predictive analytics cuts enterprise risk. The gist of his presentation was to […]

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