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Angles vs slopes: The statistics of steepness

There are two popular ways to express the steepness of a line or ray. The most-often used mathematical definition is from high-school math where the slope is defined as "rise over run." A second way is to report the angle of inclination to the horizontal, as introduced in basic trigonometry.

Work & Life at SAS
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Our Culture Code: Employee Well-being

Now more than ever, as the lines blur between work and life, employee well-being affects how we thrive in our work and personal lives. At SAS, we believe that prioritizing the well-being of our people is the right thing to do for our employees, and it also makes sense from

Artificial Intelligence
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Can you date an AI?

I saw a fascinating Reddit thread titled: "What would you do if your son told you he’s dating an AI?" Here's the post verbatim: "My son (20M) just told my wife and I that he’s been in a relationship with a replika for the past few months. He claims that it’s

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Visualizing the future of public health through data modeling

The cold of winter and holiday gatherings push people indoors, causing a surge in influenza hospitalizations. Years of above-normal temperatures in southern states bring a species of mosquito that carries malaria to the US. Declining childhood immunization rates threaten to allow previously eradicated diseases like measles to become endemic again.

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Simulate correlated continuous and discrete variables

Statistical software provides methods to simulate independent random variates from continuous and discrete distributions. For example, in the SAS DATA step, you can use the RAND function to simulate variates from continuous distributions (such as the normal or lognormal distributions) or from discrete distributions (such as the Bernoulli or Poisson).

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4 ways the crumbling cookie could improve customer experience

Well, it’s finally happening. After years of banter, Google began testing a feature called Tracking Protection on Jan. 4. This feature is designed to limit cross-site tracking via third-party cookies. It will be rolled out initially to 1% of all Chrome users, about 30 million people globally, with all users

Work & Life at SAS
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Electrolyte water: helpful or just hype?

Electrolyte drinks (think Gatorade and Powerade) have been marketed to athletes for decades, but in the last few years electrolyte water, powder, drops and tablets have become all the rage. With electrolyte replacement options galore on the store shelves, you may be wondering if you should be taking them. There’s

Programming Tips
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Blog posts from 2023 that deserve a second look

In a previous article, I presented some of the most popular blog posts from 2023. The popular articles tend to discuss elementary topics that have broad appeal. However, I also wrote many technical articles about advanced topics. The following articles didn't make the Top 10 list, but they deserve a

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Meet our inspiring keynote speakers at SAS Innovate 2024

Where can you meet an iconic Silicon Valley reporter, a best-selling business book author, an experienced AI policy executive, a chief decision scientist from Google and a YouTube hot sauce sensation? All in one place? At our upcoming SAS Innovate event in Las Vegas, of course. SAS Innovate is the

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The future of patient care: How AI is changing medicine

Artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing the way medical professionals deliver care and manage patient data. By harnessing the power of advanced algorithms and machine learning, AI applications contribute to more accurate diagnostics, personalized treatment plans and streamlined administrative processes. The integration of AI into health care is helping create a

Work & Life at SAS
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Shielding Seniors from Fraud: Tips and Resources

It goes without saying that technology and interconnectedness has brought immense benefits to our lives, but it has also introduced new challenges, particularly for our seniors. One of the most prevalent and concerning issues faced by older adults is the threat of fraud. Seniors are often targeted due to perceived

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Intention Seeking for the New Year

Nurturing New Habits Do you run on autopilot? Many of us do. Because of this, it might take some effort to build new habits because it is easy to fall into default mode (aka Old Habits).  This is certainly the time of year that resolutions and good intentions are born.

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Top 10 posts from The DO Loop in 2023

In 2023, I wrote 90 articles for The DO Loop blog. My most popular articles were about SAS programming, data visualization, and statistics. In addition, several "general interest" articles were popular, including my article for Pi Day and an article about AI chatbots. If you missed any of these articles,

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Building secure solutions in the cloud

The SAS-managed services teams provide cutting-edge technology with dedicated service and support. Will Morris and his Build Services team are experienced SAS administrators and engineers who install, configure and tune SAS software and solutions in the cloud. With decades of experience hosting SAS solutions, Build Services utilizes proven best practices

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Strategies to taming the multicloud chaos in 2024

For the data scientists and developers who use analytics to extract insights from massive volumes of data, it’s easy to see the appeal of operating in a metacloud environment. After all, analytics workloads are not only resource-intensive – they’re also highly variable and differ in terms of importance and urgency.

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3 anti-fraud trends to watch in 2024

In a 2009 ACFE report on the 2008 financial crisis, about half (49%) of 500 fraud experts surveyed cited increased financial pressure as the foremost factor driving the year’s fraud surge. It is a testament to what fraud examiners have long understood: fraud never goes away but changes with the