Popular posts from The DO Loop in 2015


I wrote 114 posts for The DO Loop blog in 2015. Which were the most popular with readers?

In general, highly technical articles appeal to only a small group of readers, whereas less technical articles appeal to a larger audience. Consequently, many of my popular articles were related to data analysis or general SAS programming. These are topics that are relevant to all SAS programmers. However, it is gratifying to see that a few of my articles about computational statistics also attracted many readers.

General SAS techniques

Although I mostly write about statistical programming, several articles about how to do things in Base SAS were very popular:

Statistical Graphics and Data Visualization

Everyone likes to learn better ways to visualize data in SAS! The following posts generated some interesting discussions.

Statistical Techniques

No list would be complete without including articles about how to implement statistical techniques, computations, simulations, and visualizations, which are the bread and butter of many SAS programmers. Here are a few topics that resonated with readers in 2015:

Did you make a New Year's resolution to improve your SAS skills this year? Start your new year by (re-)reading one of these 12 popular posts from 2015.

Do you remember a favorite article that didn't make the list? Name your favorite in the comments.


About Author

Rick Wicklin

Distinguished Researcher in Computational Statistics

Rick Wicklin, PhD, is a distinguished researcher in computational statistics at SAS and is a principal developer of SAS/IML software. His areas of expertise include computational statistics, simulation, statistical graphics, and modern methods in statistical data analysis. Rick is author of the books Statistical Programming with SAS/IML Software and Simulating Data with SAS.


  1. A great collection and summary Rick. Thanks for an informative and fun year and congrats on your most popular post - The spiral of splatter! I wonder if it was THE most popular 2015 blog.sas.com article? ;-)

    One of my favorite articles not listed above is your post "The relationship between toothlessness and income" as you had appeased my own curiosity :-) I also enjoy reading the articles where you and other blog.sas.com authors collaborate/provide suggestions/enhancements to each others posts.

    Oh and I definitely remember and liked your fabulous Binary Heart in SAS post.

    I'm looking forward to another rewarding year at The DO Loop! Thanks.

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