Report from WUSS 2012


A week ago, SAS "wusses" got together in Long Beach, California for another successful WUSS conference.  Personally, I really enjoy all SAS user conferences as it gives me an opportunity to see the creative ways in which SAS users are exploiting our software.

One such case was the paper "Power plant emissions, pediatric asthama and school attendance:  A spatial identification analysis" presented by Anton Bekkerman.  In this paper Bekkerman et. al. presented the impact on attendance for school children living near coal fired power plants.  The item of interest to me was the use of GTL template graphics to create the map of the US, and place bubbles on the power plant locations sized by the number of school children in the area.  This used the ideas presented in the article on Map Overlays earlier in this blog.  It was gratifying to know we provided some useful information in this blog.

Another interesting paper was "Is the Legend in your SAS/GRAPH still telling the right story" by Alice Cheng.  Alice did a wonderful job describing how visual attributes like color and symbols as assigned to group values based on the order of their occurence in a data set for clinical use cases.  She described five different ways to ensure the colors and symbols are consistently assigned to the group values across multiple use cases.  She also provided a good primer on the new Discrete and Range Attribute Map features in SAS 9.3 ODS Graphics.

A presenttion by Geeta Mahendra on "Forest and Funnel Plots" showed how Funnel Plots can be used to show the data without spurious ranking where the eye is automatically drawn to the outliers.

I presented multiple papers and super demos that were well received:

Next week -> on to MWSUG in Minneapolis.  I am presenting multiple papers on Effective Graphics, GTL and ODS Graphics Designer.  I am also presenting a 1/2 day seminar on clinical graphs using SG procedures.  I hope to see you there.


About Author

Sanjay Matange

Director, R&D

Sanjay Matange is R&D Director in the Data Visualization Division responsible for the development and support of the ODS Graphics system, including the Graph Template Language (GTL), Statistical Graphics (SG) procedures, ODS Graphics Designer and related software. Sanjay has co-authored a book on SG Procedures with SAS/PRESS.

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  1. Where can we find the paper you referred to: '"Power plant emissions, pediatric asthama and school attendance: A spatial identification analysis" presented by Anton Beckermann."

    Thanks -

    • Sanjay Matange

      The WUSS 2012 proceedings are not published yet. But I believe Anton sometimes reads this blog, so I hope he will respond to your query.

  2. Sanjay, thank you so much for the kind words. I actually co-authored this paper with Justina Flavin. And I would like to give Justina a big hand here. She deserves just as much credit for this paper.

    Justina and I are revising our paper and will send appreciate input from you! I will be in touch! Thank you so much, Sanjay!

    Alice Cheng

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