Some claim that deaths in the US have been increasing, and some claim they have been decreasing. Which do you think is correct? Let's take a look at the data ... The Data Here in the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a good/official source of data
Economists and forecasters have painted a gloomy picture of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on UK society. The impact of lockdowns and travel restrictions on many sectors of the economy was expected to put businesses at risk and pull millions of families into financial hardship. In the energy and
In this Q&A with MIT/SMR Connections, Gavin Day, Senior Vice President of Technology at SAS, shares real-life examples of artificial intelligence (AI) at work, discusses picking the right problems to solve with AI, dispels a common misconception about AI, and defines AI success. Q: Could you describe some especially interesting
Throughout its history, the United States has invested in infrastructure that leverages new technologies and helps society and its economy thrive. With the advent of trains in the early 1800s, four of the country’s five transcontinental railroads were built with assistance from the federal government. When cars replaced horses and
When using ordinary least squares regression (OLS), if your response or dependent attribute isn’t close to a normal distribution, your analysis is going to be affected and typically not in a good way. The farther away your input data is from normality, the greater the impact on your model will
Are you bothered by a runny nose for hours after eating certain foods? Or brain fog or joint pain the morning after straying from your normal eating pattern? Do you avoid eating in unfamiliar restaurants for fear of the aftermath? If any of these scenarios sound familiar, you may have
Beloved Dummies: Let’s demystify another #AI-hype today: predictive maintenance. Yet another one of these buzzwords that require batteries of #DataScientists and truckloads of programmers. Let me show you how Dummies like you and me can address this. What is predictive maintenance? So we’re talking maintenance of machinery. Sure, you can
"With great power comes great responsibility." I'm not sure exactly where this quote comes from, but I think everyone should keep it in mind when creating graphs and maps! There are many design decisions that can influence how the end user perceives the data in a graph. For example: The
The last year and a half has certainly exacerbated many stresses that people were already facing. Unfortunately for many, complicated dynamics and tensions with family were not immune during this time. I was curious to look back at previous Work/Life posts that address difficult dynamics. Although all were created pre-pandemic,
In the past, the COMPRESS function was useful. Since SAS version 9, it has become a blockbuster, and you might not have noticed. The major change was the addition of a new optional parameter called MODIFIERS. The traditional use of the COMPRESS function was to remove blanks or a list
If the big banks won’t help when times are tough, customers will turn to smaller, simpler providers. And once they’ve switched, banks will struggle to win them back. I’ve written before about how banks are an essential part of the UK’s social fabric. Our economy depends on the availability of
Following on from my last blog introducing the series, in this section, we’ll take a first look at Explanatory Data Analysis with basic summary statistics. Getting started with a new dataset in analytics can be daunting. It can help when first looking at a dataset to start with basic summary
A SAS programmer recently asked why his SAS program and his colleague's R program display different estimates for the quantiles of a very small data set (less than 10 observations). I pointed the programmer to my article that compares the nine common definitions for sample quantiles. The article has a
How long do dogs live? ... That's a good/tough question. Some live longer than others, but what are the determining factors? Let's throw some data to this problem, and see if we can fetch some answers! But before we get started, how about a random picture to get you into
How do you convince decision makers in your enterprise to give a machine learning (ML) project the green light? You might be super excited about machine learning – as many of us are – and might think that this stuff should basically sell itself! The value proposition can seem totally
SAS' Fijoy Vadakkumpadan, a computer vision expert, sheds light on how loadImages works in SAS Viya.
The use of AI can and will replace some mining jobs but will also lead to countless new jobs in the field of AI.
In my new book, I explain how segmentation and clustering can be accomplished in three ways: coding in SAS, point-and-click in SAS Visual Statistics, and point-and-click in SAS Visual Data Mining and Machine Learning using SAS Model Studio. These three analytical tools allow you to do many diverse types of
To get better at something, you need to practice. That maxim applies to sports, music, and programming. If you want to be a better programmer, you need to write many programs. This article provides an example of forming the intersection of items in a SAS/IML list. It then provides several
I had heard of oil pulling before starting naturopathy school but as we dove into the world of oral health, I became fascinated with incorporating ancestral methods into modern life. We learned about the history, how it promotes a clean mouth (which is the entry system to our gut) and
The introduction of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)’s new policy on pricing practices in the general insurance market is one of the biggest shake-ups the insurance industry has seen in more than a decade. It’s not just a significant implementation challenge that needs to be delivered in a short deadline.
Frequentemente ouvimos falar de transformação digital e digitalização. O certo é que, entre ser uma empresa digital e ser uma entidade que toma decisões cem por cento baseadas em dados e em conhecimento empírico, há um longo caminho a percorrer, principalmente se não contarmos com as ferramentas adequadas. Por mais
Following on from my introductory blog series, Data Science in the Wild, we’re going to start delving into how you can scale up and industrialise your Analytics with SAS Viya. In future blogs we will look at how you can augment your R & Python code to leverage SAS Viya
"At this stage, the automation potential holds the greatest economic benefit from AI."
I’ve written before about how the COVID-19 crisis has forced UK government departments to accelerate their digital transformation, and proved that it’s possible to put policy into practice in weeks, rather than months or years. Amidst the dark cloud of the pandemic, it’s important to acknowledge silver linings where we
After my recent articles on simulating data by using copulas, many readers commented about the power of copulas. Yes, they are powerful, and the geometry of copulas is beautiful. However, it is important to be aware of the limitations of copulas. This article creates a bizarre example of bivariate data,
We need, in other words, to democratise analytics in the true sense of the word, by making them accessible to everyone.
In 2012, Data Scientist was dubbed the sexiest job of the 21st century by Harvard Business Review and it is one of the most in-high demand jobs in the world. Data has become a key part of every organization as technology flourishes. As the world become increasingly digitized, businesses are