The buzz about "maker" spaces has reached epidemic proportions. Schools everywhere are repurposing extra classrooms, renovating computer labs, retooling media centers, and rehabbing teacher lounges to accommodate creative workstations, materials, and tools. That’s fantastic. But what if the school doesn’t have an extra room? Or has an anemic budget? What
There is a lot of buzz about real-time analysis just at the moment. Obtaining and analysing real-time data, the story goes, will enable us to respond instantly to things that need our attention. And it certainly is true that there are some things that are considerably improved by real-time analysis.
As the summer season begins to become part of the past and we return to a “normal” schedule, I’m reminded that there is still something celebratory as we slowly make our way into the autumn season. It’s yoga! September is National Yoga Month. It is a national health observance designated
Parents, I don’t need to tell you three obvious things: Sleep is critical to our well-being (no matter what age you are). Ask any primary care physician or therapist. Tweens and teens need more sleep than they get (need an average of 9-10 hours, but almost half get fewer than
Correlation is a fundamental statistical concept that measures the linear association between two variables. There are multiple ways to think about correlation: geometrically, algebraically, with matrices, with vectors, with regression, and more. To paraphrase the great songwriter Paul Simon, there must be 50 ways to view your correlation! But don't
From June 6 to 9 the first ever ‘Dutch Data Science Week’ took place in the Netherlands. The week consisted of 4 days in which 28 events took place in 6 different locations. During the week people could attend classes ranging from beginner to advanced levels, visit meetups, participate in
Everybody GET UP! Want to train the entire body in one exercise? This is it! The Turkish Getup is a multi-joint, multi-movement exercise that incorporates transitioning from the ground to standing. This exercise requires synergy, coordination, and core/shoulder stabilization to increase your functional strength. It may seem daunting, but it is
International Talk Like a Pirate Day is Sept 19 ... which always gets me thinking and wondering about modern-day pirates. Most movies usually focus on pirates from the Golden Age of piracy (a couple hundred years ago), when pirates typically stole ships and booty (treasure). But modern day pirates usually board
For those of you using SAS Customer Intelligence 360, or generally just interested in the space around web content targeting and personalization capabilities, I wanted to share the latest with what we’re doing at SAS. As the SAS web experience division, we use SAS Customer Intelligence 360 on sas.com for
The role of marketers is changing as marketing goes digital, revealing the knowledge hidden in data. So what does that mean to us as marketers? We will be researchers, mechanics but also executives, according to SAS Institute’s SVP of Global Marketing, Adele Sweetwood. I caught up with her on the
What’s new and what’s on the horizon for machine learning and analytics? We asked Kirk Borne, Principal Data Scientist and Executive Advisor at Booz Allen Hamilton, what machine learning technologies he’s watching. He focused his reply on applications, not algorithms. “When I think about what’s new and coming up, I
In my first post of this blog series, we learned how three education customers are using SAS. Today, we'll hear about the positive impact that SAS and analytics are providing for users and the education institutions. In this post, you'll hear from: Linda Sullivan, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Knowledge Management,
The analytical community is getting increasingly interested the concept of attribution. And while much of this is focused on digital marketing attribution, I want to take a step back to describe the wider application of attribution and the traditional techniques that can be used to solve a range of attribution
This blog shows a variety of techniques including how to use PROC TEMPLATE and the SOURCE statement, PROC SGPLOT with multiple Y-axis tables, create comparable axes in two side-by-side graphs, create a broken axis, write and use a table template that wraps text, and find and display examples of certain statements in graph templates and fonts in style templates.
Labor Day is somewhat of a lost holiday. We enjoy the long weekend, but its significance is a bit muddled. This is particularly true for students. Essentially, Labor Day is just a Monday off that helps to break up the start of the school year. Curriculum Pathways social studies resources
A previous article discussed the mathematical properties of the singular value decomposition (SVD) and showed how to use the SVD subroutine in SAS/IML software. This article uses the SVD to construct a low-rank approximation to an image. Applications include image compression and denoising an image. Construct a grayscale image The
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
There is a huge amount of buzz and excitement about at the moment, all centering on the potential for artificial intelligence (AI) to transform marketing. For example, the EIU reports that executives were on board. Three quarters of those surveyed, were reported to be expecting AI to be used in their
I hate hard-coding variable lists in my SAS code. I love the special variable lists SAS provides, like name:, _numeric_, etc. But back in 2011, I wrote a post titled Jedi SAS Tricks - Building a Name Suffix variable list lamenting the lack of a special variable list in base
I know that we are all anxiously following the devastating events in Houston right now. I have a very personal connection as my daughter and her family live in Houston. My daughter is a nurse and is on the emergency response team – she has been at the hospital since
Widespread flooding. Downed power lines. Broken poles. Failed transformers and breakers. Leaking pipes. Shut down refineries. The toll that a catastrophic storm takes on the energy value chain is significant. A functioning power grid, clean water and reliable fuel sources are critical for public safety and economic recovery. Even with
There's a new tab in town...meet Portfolio! After several requests from students and educators around the world, we're happy to introduce Portfolio. It allows students to save, organize, and send their work directly from Curriculum Pathways. From the Portfolio tab on user home, you can do the following: View your work.
There is a saying in business that you can have any two out of good, fast and cheap. All three cannot be done, or at least only in an ideal world. There is therefore a strategic trade-off between the three, with a recognition that every business has a different balance
"The first year of teaching is the toughest.” After making it through my first year as a high school math teacher, I have a much better understanding of why people always say this. There are so many challenges: adapting to a new environment, staying organized, learning curriculum, making professional connections,
David Loshin explains how to set up a data catalog that will help you get more value from a data lake.
My daughter is a junior in high school, and for almost every semester she’s taken an online course as part of her studies. This semester she’s taking Spanish 3, an advanced level course where every word of instruction is spoken in Spanish. Each morning she joins the class from our
When in the midst of severe weather season – hurricanes, thunderstorms, tornadoes – dealing with power outages becomes part of doing business. Kathy Ball, an executive at Devon Energy, and Mark Konya, a SAS utilities industry analyst, offer their insights about the best ways to minimize storm-related power outages and
This is the sixth post in my series of machine learning best practices. If you've come across the series for the first time, you can go back to the beginning or read the whole series. Aristotle was likely one of the first data scientists who studied empiricism by learning through