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 few enhancements along the way.... I was perusing some of the examples on dadaviz.com, and Kosoro's ZIPScribble map caught my attention. It wasn't a particularly useful […]

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Geographical hotspot visualization of election data

I'm ramping up my visualization skills in preparation for the next big election, and I invite you to do the same! Let's start by plotting some county-level election data on a map... To get you into the spirit of elections, here's a picture of my friend Sara's dad, when he was […]

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Is Google Fiber coming to your city?

Google recently announced that they will be adding Google Fiber high speed network and TV to my area. This was great news, because it will give us more choices ... and a little competition among providers tends to make them all 'try harder' to please the customer. :-) I was curious what other […]

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Thinking about retiring in another country?

Have you ever thought about retiring in another country, where your money might go further? Well here's some quantitative data to help you make an informed decision! ... First, to get you in the mood, here's a picture of my friend Erik checking out the prices at a pedal-powered food […]

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What's the solar power potential in your area?

Have you ever wondered whether the area where you live is a good location for producing solar power?  Let's create a SAS map to help find out! To get you in the right frame of mind, here is an awesome picture of some Arizona sunshine, that my good friend Eva […]

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Don't let difficult graph legends get your goat

Is this blog post about techniques to use on difficult graph legends, or is it about goats? The answer is both! But first, to get you into the proper mood, here is a picture my friend, Mark, took of some cute goats. And some links to YouTube videos about goats […]

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Using SAS to help locate the 100 best restaurants in the US

I recently read an article that listed the 100 best restaurants in the US - but the article didn't have a map. I decided to use my SAS skills to change that! When it comes to restaurants, I eat out a lot (and by 'a lot' I mean I never […]

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Where to find the cheapest gas

"Over the river and through the woods, to grandmother's house we go" ... and how much should we expect to pay for gasoline during the trip? Read this blog to find out! I recently wrote a blog post about some of the factors that impact the price of gasoline. The blog had […]

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Plotting the Corruption Perceptions Index using SAS

I recently found some very interesting data - a numeric Corruption Perceptions Index for each country. And of course I just had to plot that data on a SAS map! Here's my map (click the image below to see the interactive map, with html hover-text over each country, and buttons/links […]

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How a software geek prepares for the holidays

I'm not really into traveling and eating with family at Thanksgiving, but what are the local restaurant alternatives? The list was a bit overwhelming, so I used SAS to help analyze my options... My holiday meal fall-back has always been the Waffle House - they're open 24/7, 365 days a […]

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