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 anything interesting? Read on to find out! ... While doing some searches for other data, I happened across a table on the DEA website titled [...]

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Bald eagles return to the United States!

Bald eagles, the national bird of the United States, came perilously close to becoming extinct here, but are now making a comeback! Let's look at the data with a SAS map! When I was growing up in the 1970s & 80s here in North Carolina, I spent a lot of time [...]

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Where are different languages spoken?

As you travel around the world, do you know where English, French, Spanish, and Arabic are spoken? This blog will help you quickly answer that question, with some cool SAS maps! But first, here's a picture of my friend Joy posing beside an interesting sign during one of her international [...]

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Finding July 4th fireworks shows with SAS software!

A friend who recently moved to North Carolina from the west coast asked, "What's there to do around here for the July 4th holiday?" So I created a fireworks map, showing the locations of many of the celebrations around the state! Here's a snapshot of my map - click on it to [...]

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Using SAS to get the jump on Shark Week

Discovery Channel's Shark Week starts July 5, 2015 - and I've created a special SAS map & graph of shark attacks in North Carolina to get you in the mood for their week of shark education! But first, to get you in the mood for my blog, here's a picture [...]

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Mapping the 50 US hospitals with the highest price markups

A recent study by Bai & Anderson has found that some hospitals charge 10x (ie, 1000%) higher than the standard rates set by Medicare. Many news agencies have posted the list of the 50 US hospitals that have the highest markup. But I am more visually oriented, so of course I used SAS [...]

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Tracking West Nile virus mosquitos in the US

Have you ever been bitten by a mosquito? What are the odds it carried the West Nile virus? ... Perhaps a lot higher than you thought! Here's a picture of a mosquito that kept 'bugging' me around my computer desk at home - good riddance, I say! tags: analytics, animation, [...]

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What's the most popular surname in your country?

My previous blog was about popular first names ... now for a blog about popular surnames (ie, last/family names)! But before we get started, here's a little pop-quiz - what country is my friend Mr. Foley's surname from? tags: analytics, europe, map, surnames

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What's the most popular baby name in your state?

A couple of years ago, I blogged about the most popular baby names in the US over the past 100 years. This time, I focus on the most recent year, and take it to the state level! But before we get started, here's a picture of my friend Jennifer's daughter, [...]

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Creating a map using death data

I guess most of us have a morbid curiosity about how we're going to die ... which is probably why Francis Boscoe's Causes of Death map went viral (no pun intended, of course!). This blog post shows how to create such a map... But first, to lighten up the mood a bit [...]

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