Things to do in Vegas during SAS Global Forum

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While you're at SAS Global Forum (or any conference) in Las Vegas, you might have a bit of spare time to do some sightseeing. Therefore I've put together a list & map of interesting things you might want to experience!

Below is a snapshot of my map - click it to see the full size interactive map, with hover-text and drill-downs for each attraction. Notice that the marker for the main conference hotel is yellow/red, and the other attractions are cyan/blue. You can click the markers to launch a Google search for that attraction, and the hover-text for each marker shows the distance from the conference hotel (I tried to pick interesting attractions within a reasonably short distance). The interactive map is followed by a tabular list of the attractions, if you're more of a text-based person.  Interactive map of Vegas attractions to see during SAS Global Forum #SASGF Click To Tweet

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Technical Details:

  • This map is created from 12 OpenStreetMap map tiles, annotated within Proc Gplot axes.
  • The tickmarks and x/y values along the axes are suppressed using the axis statement.
  • The distance between each attraction and the conference hotel is calculated using the geodist() function.
  • The map markers are created using the annotate pie function, with an empty/outline pie overlaid on top of a solid colored pie.
  • The OpenStreetMap copyright link at the bottom/right of the map is created using a note statement, and the link=, underlin=, and color= options.
  • The "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign was created from scratch, using annotated polygons & text.
  • And the table of links below the map was created with Proc Print, and embedding html href= tags in the text values that are being printed

Are there any special Vegas locations you'd like to add to the map? (feel free to mention them in a comment!) And here's a link to the sas code if you'd like to download it, and create your own custom version of the map!

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Robert Allison

The Graph Guy!

Robert has worked at SAS for over 20 years, and is perhaps the foremost expert in creating custom graphs using SAS/GRAPH. His educational background is in Computer Science, and he holds a BS, MS, and PhD from NC State University. He is the author of several conference papers, has won a few graphic competitions, and has written a book (SAS/GRAPH: Beyond the Basics).

6 Comments

  1. Andrew T. Kuligowski on

    Wow - I have a blog post coming out about "stuff to do", but your map is incredible, and includes stuff I had to cut out due to space limitations AND stuff I didn't even know about even after researching!!

    • Robert Allison
      Robert Allison on

      Thanks Andrew! - I did quite a bit of Google-research to try to come up with a good/interesting list ... and then my friend Courtenay (her dad lives in Vegas) provided me with a few 'extras'! :)

  2. Samantha Biswas on

    The Hard Rock which is a good 15 minute walk from Planet Hollywood is a good place to go and eat. Planet Hollywood is also great - it's right across from Paris & Bellagio. They usually have good shows. I believe Britney Spears is still performing there.

  3. Michelle Homes

    One on my list was the Pinball Hall of Fame. Glad to see it made a dot!

    Having dabbled in SAS/Graph annotate in the past, I'm always in awe of your annotation skills. Welcome to Las Vegas using annotate - WOW! Impressive code and anno_stuff table. Thanks!

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