You'll notice several changes in SAS Grid Manager with the release of SAS 9.4M6. This post gives a brief architectural description of the new SAS grid provider, including all major components and their role.
The first person to live to 150 has already been born. When I first heard this controversial idea, popularized by biomedical gerontologist Aubrey de Grey of the SENS Research Foundation, it gave me chills. It’s amazing to think we could have 50 more years to spend with loved ones and
Recently, as a result of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other regulations, new governance requirements for data management have emerged. These have had some interesting effects on the data preparation process. This post is the third in a series on data preparation (Data preparation in the Analytical
In machine learning and other model building techniques, it is common to partition a large data set into three segments: training, validation, and testing. Training data is used to fit each model. Validation data is a random sample that is used for model selection. These data are used to select
Whether you’re applying for your first credit card or shopping for a second home – or anywhere in between – you’ll probably encounter an application process. As part of that process, banks and other lenders use a scorecard to determine your likelihood to pay off that loan. Naturally, this means
This post is the second in a series on data preparation based on a webinar about its role in the analytical life cycle. The first discussed how data preparation fit into the analytical life cycle. This post considers some trends in data preparation and some of the structures and processes
Learn about the latest product features, changes and upgrade information in new sections of SAS product documentation for SAS® 9.4 and SAS® Viya®. SAS' Kathryn McLawhorn tells us all about them.
The increased availability of data is opening up a new world of analytics to insurance companies. There are both new sources of data and also increased volumes of information, and together, these are being used to generate insights and influence decision making. This post, the second in a series on
Tool tip and drill-down functionality is commonly used to explore plot data in a graph, particularly on the web. Occasionally, you might even have the need to add this drill-down functionality to your titles or footnotes, possibly to reference more details or source information. The TITLE and FOOTNOTE statements in
They say "The Sun never sets on the SAS Empire" ... and it's true! There are SAS users all over the world, and SAS output & results could be in any language. Therefore, if you're a SAS programmer, you might need to know how to create SAS graphs with international
This issue's preview is provided by Ralph Culver, Foresight's manuscript editor. Preview of Winter 2019 issue of Foresight The Winter 2019 issue of Foresight—number 52—kicks off with Simon Clarke’s enthusiastic review of The Little Illustrated) Book of Operational Forecasting by Dr. Steve Morlidge. Every year brings us new, inexperienced business-operations
Guest blogger Khari Villela says data lakes are not a cure-all – they're just one part of a comprehensive, strategic architecture.
Data preparation is often seen by companies as a difficult and dangerous job, one best left to IT. However, business departments often do not want to wait for their data, so thick SQL books and spreadsheet applications are booming in most offices. This does not really make sense, however you
Data may be expanding exponentially, but this expansion in itself is not the be-all and end-all. Data is very important, but only because it enables organisations to learn more about their customers and offer them a better service. Therefore – and this is crucial – data allows organisations to make
Amidst the growing popularity of modern machine learning and deep learning techniques, one of the biggest challenges is the ability to obtain large amounts of training data suitable for your use case. This post discusses how the analytical approach for Named Entity Recognition (NER) can help.
A quantile-quantile plot (Q-Q plot) is a graphical tool that compares a data distribution and a specified probability distribution. If the points in a Q-Q plot appear to fall on a straight line, that is evidence that the data can be approximately modeled by the target distribution. Although it is
The potential for artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) to transform the way health care and therapies are delivered is tremendous. It’s not surprising that the health care and life sciences industries are being flooded with information about how these new technologies will change everything. While it’s
Instant insurance, insurance on demand and real-time customer engagement are the buzzwords of the moment. These concepts are also, however, a real breakthrough in the insurance business. They describe new products and services that are strongly oriented to customer needs and follow their evolution throughout the life cycle. These changes
When I fill up my daily-driver Prius, the price of gasoline isn't that important. But when I occasionally take a trip in my V8 Suburban, I pay a lot more attention! Therefore I was pleasantly surprised when I noticed that gasoline prices have been falling. How much have they fallen,
So much debate still rages about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and what it means for the future of society and humanity. While this continues, governments around the world are actively embracing the prospect of transforming their departments into smart digital governments that are able to deliver improved services to organisations and
Fashion and analytics are not obvious partners. However, fashion is a business like any other, and like other businesses, it can benefit from understanding its customers better. Recent experience with one particular high-end fashion retailer suggests that good use of analytics, including predictive modelling, drawing on an end-to-end analytics platform,
This Is the latest installment in my series of posts dedicated to describing IoT applications in retail. Why do I want retailers to move more quickly in their widescale adoption of IoT in the coming year? Because I'm confident they'll see results, and these use cases help explain how. As
In the second of three posts on using automated analysis with SAS Visual Analytics, we used the automated analysis object to get a better understanding of our variable of interest, X-Sell and Up-sell Flag, and how it is influenced by other variables in our dataset. In this third and final
A social worker at a software company. On the surface, the two don’t seem to go together. Why would a social worker work for a software company? But asking that question forces us to evaluate other roles that contribute to the SAS experience: Why would an artist choose to bring
Until recently the approach to accounting for insurance contracts was considerably simple. Most of the existing accounting standards do not require any special processing after estimations are made by actuaries and before they are posted in the general ledger. However, with the arrival of IFRS 17, this will definitely change.
When you overlay two series in PROC SGPLOT, you can either plot both series on the same axis or you can assign one series to the main axis (Y) and another to a secondary axis (Y2). If you use the Y and Y2 axes, they are scaled independently by default,
You know that feeling as a consumer – that’s great on the one hand but taxing on the other – where you have lots of choice but no clear idea about what choice to make? Well, it’s becoming a bit like that with analytics and how it’s provided. It’s no