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Long category values

The South East SAS Users Group meeting wound up yesterday.  The 25th anniversary conference was held on SAS Campus and it provided a great opportunity to meet with many enthusiastic SAS users and attend many informative presentations.  More on this in a follow-up article. During one of these presentations, Mary

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Legend order redux

Once in a while you run into a pesky situation that is hard to overcome without resorting to major surgery.  Such a situation occurs when you have a stacked bar chart with a discrete legend positioned vertically on the side of the graph.  A simple example is shown below. title

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SAS en la lucha contra el cáncer de mama

Todos conocemos el caso de alguien que amamos o que es parte de nuestra vida y que tiene una enfermedad o un tipo de cáncer. En el mundo cada día se registran nuevos casos de esta enfermedad, entre los principales se encuentran: pulmón, estómago, hígado, colon y mamá. De los

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Turnip plot redux

Last year, a user asked about creating a "Turnip Plot" as used in this study of Caesarian Section Rates.  Primarily, this is similar to a histogram on the y-axis for each unique value on the y-axis.  A marker is drawn for each occurrence, starting from the center. Back then, I

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Tips and tricks: Segmented discrete axis

The previous post on Multiple Blank Categories showed how to include multiple blank categories on the axis.  But, given the purpose for this was to separate different segments in the data, I also included ideas on how to segmented a discrete axis using reference lines or Block Plot.  A similar idea

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La analítica contra el cáncer

Este 19 de octubre se celebra el día internacional contra el cáncer de mamá y hoy la analítica está contribuyendo a salvar la vida de muchas mujeres que padecen esta terrible enfermedad, un ejemplo de superación. Susan Weidner, vicepresidente sénior de IntrinsiQ Specialty Solutions. Susan fue diagnosticada con cáncer de

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Tips and tricks - Multiple blank categories on axis

Off and on, users have expressed the need to include multiple blank categories on a discrete axis.  Often, this is desirable to separate groups of bars (or categories) in a graph due to some difference their definition.  Such a case was discussed in this blog article on using non breaking

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New Features in SAS 9.40M5 - Gradient fills

ODS Graphics procedures primarily strive towards the following goal:  "Make simple graphs easy and complex graphs possible".   SGPLOT procedure allows you create simple graphs with a single plot statement, and create complex graphs by layering together or combining multiple plot statements.  Generally, the appearance follows the guidelines set by industry

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New features with SAS 9.40 M5

SAS 9.4 maintenance release 5 was released on Sept 19, 2017.  This release includes many new items including integration with SAS Viya and SAS Studio, a web application for SAS development.  Also Included with this release are some cool new features in the graphics domain, some of which were requested

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Getting started with SGPLOT - Part 8 - Horizontal HighLow Plot

On a recent visit to an In-House Users Group meeting at a Pharmaceutical company, I presented a 1/2 day seminar on creating Clinical Graphs using SG Procedures.  Polling the audience for their experience with these procedures indicated that many SAS users are not familiar with these new ways to create graphs. So,

Data Management
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Bei DS-GVO „Auf-Sicht“-Fahren? Besser nicht!

Die EU-Datenschutz-Grundverordnung kommt näher – ausweichen oder draufhalten? In den letzten Wochen hatte ich die tolle Gelegenheit mit zahlreichen Kunden und Partnern über die neue EU-Datenschutz-Grundverordnung (DS-GVO) zu sprechen. Die Meinungen und Erwartungen sind dabei wirklich außerordentlich breit gefächert. Das ist nicht weiter verwunderlich, denn das Thema hat zuletzt stark an

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Bots, collusion and accountability in pricing

In the recent article, “Price-bots can collude against consumers,” the Economist discusses the consumer effects of prices set by price-bots. The article starts with an example of gasoline pricing strategies on Martha’s Vineyard. With a small number of gas stations on the island, the price-bots can cover all competitor prices frequently

Analytics
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How to be a data-driven SMB: Part 2 of Twiddy’s Tale

TwIn part one of this series, Clark Twiddy, Chief Administrative Officer of Twiddy & Company, shared some best practices from the first of three phases of Twiddy’s journey to becoming a data-driven SMB. This post focuses on phases two and three of their journey. (Read the whole series here.) Phase

Data Visualization
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Category highlighting

When presenting information in form of a graph we show the data and let the reader draw the inferences.  However, often one may want to draw the attention of the reader towards some aspect of the graph or data.  For one such case, a user asked how to highlight one

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Auf und ab wie im Paternoster - aktuelle Trends in Samt und Seide von der KSFE in Krefeld

Auf der diesjährigen KSFE (Konferenz für SAS Anwender in Forschung und Entwicklung) gab es wieder viele überraschende Entdeckungen zu machen: Zunächst lernten die von außerhalb anreisten Teilnehmer, dass Krefeld die „Samt- und Seidenmetropole“ Deutschlands war. In ihrer Blütezeit vor dem Strukturwandel der Jahrtausendwende wurden dort 90 % aller in Deutschland gefertigten

Data Visualization
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Getting Started with SGPLOT - Part 4 - Series Plot

This is the 4th installment of the Getting Started series.  The audience is the user who is new to the SG Procedures.  Experienced users may also find some useful nuggets of information here. Series plots are frequently used to visualize a numeric response on the y-axis by another numeric variable on

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Data Scientists im Gesundheitswesen – Chancen im morbiditätsorientierten Risikostrukturausgleich

Seit 2009 sollen der Gesundheitsfonds und der morbiditätsorientierte Risikostrukturausgleich in der deutschen gesetzlichen Krankenversicherung (GKV) für eine ausgewogenere Verteilung der Einnahmen bei den Kassen sorgen. Ziel ist ein sozialer Ausgleich für unterschiedliche Einkommensstruktur und Krankheitslasten bei den Mitgliedern. Über einen sehr interessanten Nebeneffekt, den dieses regulatorische System ungewollt ausgelöst hat,

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Obtener un proyecto exitoso basado en la analítica y gestión de la información

¿Cómo alcanzar el éxito empresarial basándose en la analítica y gestión información? Esta es una pregunta que resulta común en las compañías cuando se está considerando la adquisición de algún servicio de Business Intelligence, y la pregunta puede responderse planteando una nueva interrogante ¿cómo podría usted o su equipo tomar acertadas

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Conozca las ventajas del análisis de la demanda en tiempo real

Contar con un inventario eficiente, que se ajuste a las necesidades de los clientes y prevea las preferencias de compra que tienen los consumidores incluso en tiempo real, pareciera un desafío complejo de resolver, sin embargo, se trata de una oportunidad al alcance de las organizaciones. Un área clave en

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9 Ways for Hoteliers to thrive in 2016

2015 was a busy year for the hotel industry. ADR, Occupancy and RevPAR achieved record highs. We saw extensive merger and acquisition activity, culminating at the end of the year with the acquisition of Starwood by Marriot and Fairmont by Accor (and don’t forget Expedia’s Orbitz acquisition, of course). Favorable

Customer Intelligence
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The Connected Traveler

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend the 2015 EyeforTravel Connected Traveller Conference. Based on the spelling of the word “traveller” which my American version of MS Word continuously wants to autocorrect, you can correctly assume the conference was hosted in London. During the conference, one phrase

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The Profitable Path to Personalization for Hotels

As consumers have moved to digital channels and digital interactions, competition for the hotel consumer has increased dramatically. Now, hotels not only compete with each other, but also with third-party online distributors, and even new disruptors from the sharing economy like AirBnB. However, hotels have one advantage that these other