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Thinking by numbers

I've recently read Super Crunchers, the book by Ian Ayres that I blogged about a few weeks ago. Even though no propers are paid to SAS (I mean, why should the world's largest privately held software company and a leader in analytics get a mention in a book about the

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Dummy and the Bee

For the third year running, SAS spellers have prevailed at the Corporate Spelling Bee, held for the benefit of the Literacy Council of Wake County. In addition to showing their spelling skills, team members are encouraged to wear costumes to convey their team spirit. I've never seen a SAS for

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Super crunchy goodness in every tera-bite

A new book brings into pop culture a concept that we've already known for years: that is, governments and corporations use data mining and analysis to influence our lives in major and minor ways. While Super Crunchers author Ian Ayres might not mention SAS by name (actually, I don't know

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SAS GURU is still available

My new license plate arrived the other day, embossed with my personalized tag of "SASDUMMY". I used the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles web site to help select the plate and verify that this tag was available. Apparently there aren't many self-deprecating SAS programmers roaming around I-40. If you

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After the edit: still a tier jerker

It was about eight months ago that I wrote the first draft of "Setting It All Up", Chapter 15 of SAS for Dummies. There is some pressure to be clever when organizing these chapters for a Dummies book, and to be creative when crafting section headings and figure captions. Our

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From eWeek's we-told-you-so department

This January 2007 report from eWeek states that specialized skill shortages will swell IT salaries. According to that article, "demand in the software development area will include Business Objects, Java, [Microsoft] developers, SAS programmers and systems architects." (Bold added by me.) I guess their crystal ball is pretty good, because

Chris Hemedinger 0
A free lunch for your brain

The SAS OnDemand for Academics offering has brought to light some tremendous resources for learning SAS, and you don't have to be a professor or student to take advantage of them. One such resource is the SAS Online Resources for Statistics Education. If you've wondered how to start using SAS

Chris Hemedinger 0
Na-Nu Na-Nu

When Alison Bolen asked if I would consider hosting my own blog, as a "spin-off" from her informative sascom voices blog, I didn't hesitate. Spin-offs have a rich heritage in our media culture, and I am superpleased to be a Mork and Mindy to her Happy Days. (I would rather

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Can statistics recognize racial bias?

Research from a University of Pennsylvania professor and a Cornell University graduate student says yes, according to the New York Times (registration required). Judging by comments on the article, many Times readers disagree. In 2005, when the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) award raised similar questions, three Southeastern economists turned

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No fairy tales here

I'm writing from the freezing cold press room in a resort in sunny Orlando, Florida, where SAS is hosting its annual customer and executive conference, SAS Global Forum. Amid the buzz from journalists arranging interviews with SAS customers, executives and industry thought leaders like Guy Kawasaki and Thornton May, I

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