It's a New Year and I'm ready to make some resolutions. Last year I launched this blog with my Hello, World post in which I said:
In this blog I intend to discuss, describe, and disseminate ideas related to statistical programming with the SAS/IML language.... I will present tips and techniques for writing efficient SAS/IML programs for data analysis, modeling, simulation, sampling, matrix computations, regression, and data visualization.
I think I've stayed on task, and I've tried to mix in some entertaining and amusing posts as well. For example, several of my most-read posts in 2010 are statistical analysis of whimsical topics, such as the probability that my grocery bill will be a whole-dollar amount.
In addition to continuing to present "tips and techniques for writing efficient SAS/IML programs," here are my resolutions for my blog in 2011:
- 100 blog posts in 2011: I aspire to post 100 articles in 2011.
- Provide Content: Some blogs are primarily aggregators: a typical post links to content written by someone else. In The DO Loop, I resolve to provide fresh, original content in most posts.
- Promote Discussions: As I said in a recent SAS Press interview, "a book is a monologue; a blog is a dialogue." In 2011, I intend to occasionally post a question, issue, or challenge that promotes discussion between my readers and me.
- Learn a new area of statistics: There are several areas of statistics that I should learn more about. This year I resolve to learn a new statistical topic and to blog about my successes and frustrations—accompanied by SAS/IML code, of course!
Is there anything that you'd like to see me do more of (or less of) in the New Year? I'm listening.