Robert Allison
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Principal Development Tester

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).

Recent Posts

Who paid $500k for a US visa? Over 10,000 people!

Having spent many years in graduate school, and living in the Research Triangle Park (RTP) in North Carolina, I have a lot of friends from ... Read More

Spotting a misleading chart

Everyone loves a good conspiracy theory - hopefully you'll enjoy mine about the number of US E1 visas! I was perusing some of the US ... Read More

When art and analytics collide

The best graphs are both beautiful and informative - a smooth blend of art and analytics. But more often than not, the two collide rather ... Read More

Euro vs Dollar exchange rate: An historic event?

I recently read a Washington Post article about the euro versus the dollar, and I wanted to analyze the data myself to see whether the ... Read More

What's your opinion on daylight saving time?

Is daylight saving time the ultimate in efficiency, or is it living a lie? Here are some graphs that might help facilitate a discussion on ... Read More

Tracking billionaires with beauty and accuracy

Which is more important - having beautiful graphs, or accurate graphs? Let's explore this question using the locations of the world's richest billionaires... I recently ... Read More

How to use the SAS pi constant

With Pi Day coming up on 3/14, I wanted to make sure all you SAS programmers know how to use the pi constant in your SAS code... All ... Read More

Where are your Girl Scout cookies made?

I just found out that Girl Scout cookies haven't changed from when I was a kid. I just moved to a different area, serviced by ... Read More

Making a 'fun' zip code map more useful

When I saw Robert Kosoro's cool ZIPScribble map, I knew I had to create a SAS version - and of course I had to add a ... Read More

Is North Carolina the new Hollywood!?!

You might be surprised at how many movies and TV shows are made in North Carolina - especially within the last few years. This blog ... Read More