Robert Allison
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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).

Recent Posts

How is electricity generated in your state?

I recently saw an article on washingtonpost.com showing what methods are used to generate electricity in each state. The data was interesting enough that I ... Read More

What areas do venture capitalists invest in medical research?

The Wall Street Journal recently published a study of the top 17 medical areas (or body parts) that venture capitalist investments are likely to benefit. ... Read More

Hadoop releases - here's the timeline graph!

There's a lot of buzz about Hadoop these days. I started checking into it, and there seemed to be a gazillion releases. So, being The ... Read More

The world's most valuable sports teams

There's big money in professional sports these days - we're talking billions of dollars! Do you know which teams are the most valuable? The graphs ... Read More

Marriage and divorce in the US: What do the numbers say?

I've heard lots of people quote statistics about marriage & divorce, but the experts don't always agree on what the data means. So I decided ... Read More

Creating a better graph to show trade deficit

I recently saw a cool graph showing the US import/export trade deficit. But after studying it a bit, I realized I was perceiving it wrong. Follow ... Read More

Map of US domestic cannabis eradication

In my quest for interesting data to graph, I found some Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) data on US domestic cannabis eradication. Does the data say ... Read More

50 million illegal aliens apprehended in the US

There's been quite a bit of controversy about the number of undocumented immigrants in the US lately - for example, Ann Coulter claims that number ... Read More

Was the dress blue ... or was it teal, sky, turquoise, or spindrift?

I saw the dress photo as blue & black. If you're a female, even if we perceived the exact same color, you might might not ... Read More

Only brush the teeth you want to keep

When I was a kid, I remember a motivational poster on my dentist's wall that said "You don't have to brush all your teeth -- only ... Read More