Using ODS EXCEL and PROC EXPORT to bundle Excel-based reports

I recently wrote about my foray into the experimental world of ODS EXCEL. Using this new destination in SAS 9.4, I was able to create multisheet workbooks -- containing reports and graphs -- in the XLSX format. I outlined some of the benefits -- such as being part of Base […]

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Counting how many times a web link has been shared on Twitter or Facebook

As of this writing, I've posted 34 blogs posts during 2012 (not counting this one), which have been shared on Twitter a total of 368 times and on Facebook a total of 92 times. Those aren't exactly "viral" numbers, but I try not to get too hung up on it. […]

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What's our sign?

Rick Wicklin and I are engaged in an arms race of birthday-related blog posts.  To recap: Rick analyzed national data about births in the USA and what time of year they are most likely to occur. I responded by analyzing the birthdays of my Facebook friends. Rick responded by analyzing […]

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Birthdays among friends

Earlier today, Rick posted interesting information about which time of year the most babies are born, at least in the USA. I don't have data nearly as extensive as what's available at the NCHS, but I do have a sample of birthday records to compare against Rick's findings.  My sample […]

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Running PROCs on Your Facebook Friends (2011 version)

While talking to fellow SAS users at SAS Global Forum 2011 this week, I'll be discussing how SAS programmers can "play" with social media data that they can access on Facebook and Twitter. I always refer people to my blog for more information, and so I've prepared this blog post […]

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Demystifying how text analytics can detect cyberbullying

Facebook now uses technology to help detect instances of cyberbullying before it gets out of hand. I heard this report on CNN last week, and the Facebook spokesman described their detection techniques as "background technology that I can't really talk about." We don't know for certain what techniques Facebook employs […]

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