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+Alison Bolen is an editor at SAS, where she writes and edits content about analytics and emerging topics. Since starting at SAS in 1999, Alison has edited print publications, Web sites, e-newsletters, customer success stories and blogs. She has a bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism from Ohio University and a master’s degree in technical writing from North Carolina State University.

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3 ways to use SAS with Hadoop (video)

How does Hadoop fit into your IT architecture? Does it replace your data warehouse, or complement your EDW? How can you access data in Hadoop? And what is the best way to take advantage of the parallel processing capabilities of Hadoop for advanced analytics? These and other questions are answered

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SAS blogger on statistics, big data and simplicity

Popular SAS blogger Rick Wicklin was recently interviewed by the Brazilian statistics site, estatisti.co about his new book, his background in mathematics, his advice for programmers and his dedication to blogging. Wicklin's answers are conveniently translated into English on the site, so you can read these - and other gems by checking out the full interview.

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Paul Kent on Hadoop, SAS and elevators

Paul Kent, SAS VP of Big Data talks to us at SAS Global Forum about working with Hadoop and the significant impact it has on SAS customers. Watch the video to learn how one Japanese real estate company used this technology to gather data from elevator stops in high-rise buildings. The

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The CEO's favorite visual analytics features

"What do you do when you first get a data set that's a billion rows long?" asks SAS CEO Jim Goodnight. "You want to play around with it."  At dozens of SAS events over the last year, audience attendees have watched Goodnight do just that, quickly grabbing 1.15 billion records, selecting

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SAS loves math: Paul T. Savarese

“We may not see it but math is everywhere around us,” says Paul T. Savarese, Technical Support Statistician at SAS. You don’t have to be a statistician to enjoy this interview, in which Savarese discusses target shooting, Jay Leno and Guinness beer – and ties it all back to the fascinating subject

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Jim Goodnight on the secrets of big data computing

When SAS CEO Jim Goodnight talks about the development of SAS High-Performance Analytics, he always starts with the customer. After all, it was banking customer UOB in Singapore that first approached Goodnight three years ago about reducing the time it took to calculate risk factors on the bank's full portfolio.

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Data mining, forecasting or optimization?

What's the difference between data mining, forecasting and optimization? When should you use each technique, and how do they interact?  Jeremy TerBush, Vice President of Global Analytics, Wyndham Exchange and Rentals explains that he uses all techniques  together in an overall predictive process. "Data mining is first step in the system,"

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Where are we today with big data analytics?

Bill Hakes, CEO and Co-founder of Link Analytics, is on a mission to get people excited about big data and big data analytics. Speaking to a room full of statisticians, analysts and mathematicians at the Analytics 2012 conference in Vegas, he says, “Our mission should be to get the marketers,

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10+ trends contributing to the big data craze

What does “big data” really mean? If you ask Zubin Dowlaty, he will tell you it’s a metaphor for disruption. “I have never experienced anything like what we are experiencing in the industry right now,” he says. Dowlaty is VP and Head of Innovation & Development at Mu-Sigma Inc. In the past he has

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Looking to learn more about big data? Start here.

Big data. It’s a popular term used to describe the exponential growth, availability and use of information, both structured and unstructured. Of course, the term big data is relative; it applies whenever an organization’s ability to handle, store and analyze data exceeds its current capacity. And the real issue is not

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Optimizing assortments with big data

Macy's Inc. is one of the nation’s largest and most well-known retailers, with a loyal base of customers who shop at its stores and online. The company’s e-commerce division, Macys.com, is relying on big data and high-performance analytics software from SAS to better understand its customers and help increase overall

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