A useful star sign metaphor for the general concept of fitting models to data

In “Explaining statistical methods to the terrified & disinterested: A focus on metaphors”, I discuss the usefulness of metaphors for explaining abstract statistical concepts to non-technical readers. This is an approach taken in my new SAS Press book, Business Statistics Made Easy in SAS®, since many readers of this level […]

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Explaining statistical methods to the terrified & disinterested: pictures & diagrams

In a previous blog I suggested that many readers in many applied areas are reading statistics texts under duress for a course or project, and are in truth somewhere between disinterested and terrified. In my new SAS Press book Business Statistics Made Easy in SAS® I make use of various […]

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Turnout vs popular party in European elections

In the last edition of the European elections, the main question was not only “Who is going to win the elections?” but also “What is going to be the turnout?” As it has taken a month and half to establish the real figure (the previous figure was based on exit polls so […]

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Using statistics to help you... get dressed

In the spirit of the new year – the International Year of Statistics – I thought I’d share some different ways to use statistics. Can statistics help you in your everyday life?  Certainly!  And here's an example to prove it... Let's say you have a dresser drawer full of white socks.  […]

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The 7-year question

I have been at SAS for 7 years and up until 10 days ago, I had never been asked this question. Since then, I've been asked four times, so now must be the time to answer it! Question: Can we simply use a linear regression model to predict the response rate […]

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Three statistics books for introductory SAS students

Recently, this question was asked of our SAS training instructors: For a SAS Programming 1: Essentials student, what would be a good book recommendation for a Statistics book? Here are the recommendations (in no particular order): Step-by-Step Basic Statistics Using SAS: Student Guide and Exercises By: Larry Hatcher A Handbook […]

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Moving standard deviation

Dear Miss SAS Answers, I am having a tough time developing SAS code to determine volatility ( i.e.: the moving standard deviation using GARCH approach). I need a conditional volatility measure of exchange rate from past 40 years. I have data from the past 50 years, and I would like to determine volatility using […]

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