SAS takes you to school


This is one of the coolest uses of SAS I've seen: optimizing school reassignments. I spoke with paper coauthor Rob Pratt before SAS Global Forum this year about this topic. I found the project's origin interesting: CEO Jim Goodnight was chatting with the Wake County Schools superintendant at a cocktail party about the thorny problem of school redistricting, and Dr. Goodnight said something like, "Hey, I think we can help solve this problem using our SAS/OR software. We'll give it a go for you."

Rob and his coauthors took part in this recent podcast on the topic.

The podcast gets a bit technical in the realm of OR. But it highlights a fascinating use of analytics to solve a problem that directly affects the lives of thousands of families.


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Chris Hemedinger

Senior Manager, SAS Online Communities

+Chris Hemedinger is the manager of SAS Online Communities. Since 1993, Chris has worked for SAS as an author, a software developer, an R&D manager and a consultant. Inexplicably, Chris is still coasting on the limited fame he earned as an author of SAS For Dummies.  He also hosts the SAS Tech Talk webcasts each year from SAS Global Forum, connecting viewers with smart people from SAS R&D and the impressive work that they do.

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