When working with "big data" you usually have too many points to view in a plot, and end up subsetting or summarizing the data. But now, in SAS 9.3, you have an alternative!
For example, the following scatter plot of 10,000+ points is just a visual "blob":
But using a new SAS 9.3 feature, alpha-transparency, you can make the plot markers semi-transparent, and "see" the hidden patterns. When multiple markers "stack up" in the same location, their transparent colors "add up" and they become darker.
In this case, I had "hidden" a densely-packed 'ring' of points in the data. This pattern is visually obscured when plotted with solid-colored markers (above), but very visible in graph with transparent markers (below):
Learn more about this example, and the exact code used to create it.
UPDATE: The idea for this post was inspired by a post on Yihui Xie’s website. I originally linked to the post from my ‘info’ page but a few readers have mentioned that they missed the link in that file, so I wanted to include it here too.