Twelve years ago, in 2006, Time magazine made an interesting move in deciding on its “Person of the Year.” Instead of one of the many eminent scientists, world leaders, or stars of stage and screen who had influenced the world that year, Time chose to recognise a social phenomenon. It
When I ask people what they think the Internet of Things (IoT) is all about, the vast majority will say “smart homes,” probably based on personal experience. If I say that it is also about industries making using of data from sensors, then most people’s immediate reaction is to think
It is a truth universally acknowledged – if not always acted upon – that advanced analytics, and AI in particular, need data. What’s more, it needs lots of data, and it needs to be relevant and of good quality. Companies with access to more data tend to perform better, which
In SAS Viya 3.4, promotion support has been added for many additional SAS 9.4 resources, making it easier to make the leap to Viya. In this blog, SAS' Gerry Nelson reviews this new functionality.
What if? Two simple words. A bold question. Driver of change and progress. Fuel for innovation. “What if?” perfectly captures core values of the SAS culture: to be curious, forward-thinking and to challenge assumptions in solving problems. Today, I would like to introduce to you the people behind four of
This article shows how to perform an optimization in SAS when the parameters are restricted by nonlinear constraints. In particular, it solves an optimization problem where the parameters are constrained to lie in the annular region between two circles. The end of the article shows the path of partial solutions
In my previous blog post, I talked about how both retailers and consumers can benefit from applications of artificial intelligence and discussed some compelling use cases. I would like to take this post a step further and delve into a particular bugbear of mine: the struggle to find the right size. In
Even though I’ve worked at SAS for nearly 30 years, I still get excited when great things come together for our customers! This year we are hosting the very first hackathon at our Analytics Experience conference in San Diego - the AnalyticsX Hackathon. Analytics Experience is in its third year
This summer I have been eyeballs deep in creating content for parenting classes. I LOVE talking about parenting and have had a lot of fun creating these classes. Coming up... In September, I am releasing a 6 week class (on demand) for parents of children with ADHD. Also in September,
I bet you were not expecting a photo of 22 youngsters in swimsuits in a math blog, were you? The first time I heard about this reality TV show called "Are You The One?", my nerdiness and love for OR yelled at me: "There is so much math in this
Data in the cloud makes it easily accessible, and can help businesses run more smoothly. SAS Viya runs its calculations on Cloud Analytics Service (CAS). David Shannon of Amadeus Software spoke at SAS Global Forum 2018 on his paper, Come On, Baby, Light my SAS Viya: Programming for CAS.
My “why” has always been my animals. They are the reason I drag myself out of bed every morning before the sun comes up to feed, water, and check them over before heading to school. And once there, my “why” becomes my job as I share my passion for animals
In the oil industry you can make or lose money based on how good your forecasts are, so I’ve pulled together six papers that discuss different ways in which you can leverage analytics to optimize your output and more accurately predict your production performance. Written by employees at oil and
With the start of the new school year, you may be looking for ways to ease students back into social studies. Here are a few ways that Curriculum Pathways can help. Check out Crio! Use our brand new drag-and-drop editor to transform your static, paper-based lesson plans into online resources; and
My colleague, Robert Allison, recently published an interesting visualization of the relationship between chess ratings and age. His post was inspired by the article "Age vs Elo — Your battle against time," which was published on the chess.com website. ("Elo" is one of the rating systems in chess.) Robert Allison's
People across the country (and world) are not getting the care they need. There are many data efforts to address that, but I personally believe traditional analytics are short-sighted, too illness-focused, and remarkably negative. We need to take a more holistic approach to data, policy, and health care, including traditional
With analytics, brands can see the world as their customers do ‒ and shape real-time customer interactions accordingly. And according to latest Harvard Business Review Analytics Services Report, Real-Time Analytics: The Key to Unlocking Customer Insights & Driving the Customer Experience, real-time analytics is a critical enabler. The report is
I am unabashedly a data zealot, but not a data scientist. I believe in the power of data and data analytics, and that the data revolution has started. It will transform all our lives in ways we cannot even imagine. This is one of the things that attracted me to
Much of the discussion about AI centres on what the algorithms can do, as well as the potential for change and/or disaster. But what about the team behind the algorithms? Few discussions have focused on this most essential group, and not just the modellers, but the data sources, the trainers,
Elections are in the news again, therefore I have been on the lookout for interesting graphs. I recently found some graphs of the Census Current Population Survey (CPS) Voting and Registration Supplement data, and tried to improve them. Follow along if you're interested in voter data, or creating better graphs!
Better decisions and analytics innovation – fringe benefits of having comprehensive data governance policies.
Hash tables are a very powerful and flexible data structure. Most SAS applications of hash tables focus on just one of their many powerful facilities: table lookup. Hash tables are a fantastic table lookup tool and their use for that should never be diminished. However, hash tables can do so
In machine learning, a feature is another word for an attribute or input, or an independent variable. What is feature engineering? Feature engineering is a process of preparing inputs for machine learning models. The goal of feature engineering is to to improve classification accuracy by considering the limitations of the
Analytics platforms have a lot to live up to. The scope may be fairly straightforward, but expectations can be high, and there is a wide range of users and customers, all of whom have slightly different needs. This post explores what IT decision makers can expect from an analytics platform.
Recently I’ve been listening to the BBC Radio Series 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy, which was first broadcast in 2016. One of the episodes considers the impact of a simple box (the shipping container) and concludes its invention was a major contributor to the post-war boom in global
We’re bringing the concept of #VideoTag to LinkedIn. What's #VideoTag, you ask? It's an online adaptation of the old schoolyard game. In short, you record a video of yourself, upload it to LinkedIn and tag others to respond. It’s a fun, easy way to spur conversation online by showing your
I peruse many different websites to get my news, and I always keep an eye out for good (or bad) presentations of data. I recently saw a posting on reddit claiming "U.S. GDP is greater than the total of all others combined." This news seemed too good to be true
We’ve known for decades that certain chemicals in our food supply could be damaging to our bodies. With more and more evidence accumulating, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) finally put out an official policy statement pointing out these dangers, especially for infants and children.
The SGPLOT procedure in SAS makes it easy to create graphs that overlay various groups in the data. Many statements support the GROUP= option, which specifies that the graph should overlay group information. For example, you can create side-by-side bar charts and box plots, and you can overlay multiple scatter
Ask anyone what subjects are taught in school. The list is predictable: some combination of reading, writing, math, social studies, and science, along with fine arts, physical education, and perhaps technology. It's rare for someone to mention social-emotional skills (SEL). But, if you ask a kindergarten teacher what skills their