New Year’s resolution: schedule SAS tasks and your success with SAS

Do any of your New Year’s resolutions include the goal to become a more productive SAS user? Whether you’re building models or reports using SAS or you’re using SAS to effectively manage your data, you likely have a goal to be as productive as possible with your SAS usage in […]

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Making peace with storytelling and analytics

A number of years ago I was driving home to Alabama for the holidays. Typical of the season the driving was not easy.  It was getting dark early and the traffic was fairly heavy. I had the radio on to pass the time.  A talk show was on and the […]

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Top 3 stocking stuffers for coders

Last Christmas I decided to knit a scarf while at a concert in the Bahamas.  A little boy and his sister sitting in front of me watched me very intently. Their eyes grew bigger and bigger as the scarf grew longer and longer. Finally the little boy couldn’t take it […]

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How to have coffee every morning with a SAS Certified Data Scientist

I am a data source, and so are you.  It begins in the morning when we grab a cup of coffee at our local coffee shop and tap the screen of our tablet to browse the day’s headlines.  Just in this simple routine, data can be used by companies to […]

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What Hurricane Joaquin can teach us about analytics

While holed up inside, like many others on the East Coast of the United States, suffering from record-breaking rainfall and watching the path of Hurricane Joaquin, I found a perfect metaphor for handling a problem in explaining analytics. Many executives bemoan the fact that it seems to take forever for […]

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Forecasting more than just your odds in Las Vegas

In October I will be at the Analytics 2015 conference in Las Vegas.  I’ve never been to Las Vegas before.  People tell me that if you are better than average in forecasting where a small ball will end up after it’s been spinning for a while in a dish with […]

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Q&A with data mining instructor Jeff Thompson

Do you want to know what will happen in the future? To gain true predictive insight, skip the tea leaves and look toward your data. SAS instructor Jeff Thompson is a high-energy data mining expert who will be demonstrating how to gain predictive insight from your data in his new […]

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Boost your big data skills at Analytics 2015

Among the tightly held cards, piles of chips and bright lights, there have been stories that have unfolded in Las Vegas that have been forever preserved in time, never seeing the light of day.  But what if what happened in Vegas…could be shared with excitement with your friends and family?  […]

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Random Sampling: What's Efficient?

Suppose you wish to select a random sample from a large SAS dataset.  No problem. The PROC SURVEYSELECT step below randomly selects a 2 percent sample: proc surveyselect data=large out=sample method=srs /* simple random sample */ n=1000000; /* sample size */ run; Do you have a SAS/STAT license?   If not, […]

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Analytics 2015 lands in Rome on Nov. 9-11

The digital disruption phenomenon is redrawing the market map. New players, products and services are gaining competitive advantage, while traditional business and revenue models are being questioned. Gartner believes that by 2020, thanks to the Internet of Things, information will be used to reinvent, digitalize or eliminate 80% of business […]

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