Panning for corporate gold requires gold standard skills

We now live in the era of ‘big data’, where data and its analysis have become crucial to the modern economy.   In fact, "big data is the new 'corporate gold'," according to Mark Wilkinson, managing director of SAS UK & Ireland. A recent study by Cebr found that companies in […]

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Jedi SAS Tricks: DS2 & APIs - GET the data you are looking for

While perusing the SAS 9.4 DS2 documentation, I ran across the section on the HTTP package. This intrigued me because, as DS2 has no text file handling statements I assumed all hope of leveraging Internet-based APIs was lost. But even a Jedi is wrong now and then! And what better […]

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Learn how to maximize your data with SAS and Hadoop

Outside, the Cary, NC sky is gray and winds are blowing freezing rain, but a group of statisticians at SAS are channeling warm green hills and the soft, gold light of a California evening. Team conversations alternate between distributed processing, PROC IMSTAT and how many pairs of shorts to pack. […]

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Solving Sudoku with SAS/IML – Part 1

Sudoku solvers have been written in SAS using a variety of methods (e.g., the DATA step, PROC SQL, and PROC CLP). Surprisingly, SAS/IML appears to have been overlooked for this purpose. On a challenge from a coworker, I wrote this blog post to demonstrate the flexibility of SAS/IML in the […]

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Top 10 SAS Training Post blogs

December is all about traditions. Some of mine include holiday shopping, baking (I really mean eating) Christmas cookies and putting together my annual list of most read blogs on the SAS Training Post. So as traditions go… here’s my list of the top 10 most read blogs in 2014. How […]

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How to eliminate data error notes from the SAS log

A student in a SAS class recently asked if there were a way to eliminate data error notes from the SAS log and, instead, write them to a separate file.  Of course there's a way! Here's a simple datastep.  Notice the missing dollar sign to indicate the variable GENDER (M, […]

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SAS takes your word for it

Last year, 50 companies came knocking on the doors of Rotman School of Management in Canada to recruit Masters of Business Administration (MBA) grads with SAS skills. This year, Rotman partnered with SAS to offer SAS Programming to interested candidates. Last Sunday, I had the amazing opportunity to teach SAS […]

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Credit risk modeling: Remove the guess work

What's the probability that a firm will default on its debt? That’s the big question for many financial institutions. One way you can answer it is with credit risk modeling. Starting today, we’re offering a new Business Knowledge Series course on that topic through our popular e-Learning format. That means […]

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SAS Certification at Analytics 2014

Attending an industry conference requires an investment in time away from the office and maximizing that investment makes a lot of sense.  In addition to gaining insight into challenges facing the analytics industry today,  discovering and evaluating new products and services, and networking with the largest gathering of analytics professionals […]

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The SAS model factory – a big data solution

Do you have too many models to build, too many to manage, too few analytic resources or too much data?  A Model Factory may be your answer. The mindset of analytics is changing.  This represents the transformation from a “craftsman” dominated culture in which multiple weeks were spent cycling through […]

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