The first time that I saw a demonstration of SAS Visual Analytics Explorer was awesome, but it didn't give me goosebumps. I got goosebumps the size of golfballs during SAS Global Forum Opening Session when Dr. Goodnight sat down at a computer screen and began to demonstrate how effortlessly users can chart a billion rows of data in a point and click environment.
I love it when Dr. Goodnight says nonchalantly, "What do you do when somebody first gives you a data set that is a billion rows long? You want to play around with it." And he begins showing the audience how to create bar charts, box and whisker plots, and correlation matrices on 1.15 billion points of data by dragging and dropping data sets into the visualization area of SAS Visual Analytics. Of course he's a statistician too, so he's at home discussing quadratic and linear fit - among other details.
After his demonstration, I heard from a lot of you that this would be a great addition to your arsenal. Here is some information to get you started:
- Overview of SAS Visual Analytics Explorer (documentation)
- SAS Visual Analytics 5.1 User's Guide (documentation)
- SAS Visual Analytics: Fast Track (training course)