A sure-fire SAS Global Forum idea: yours for free

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You can still get a paper proposal in for SAS Global Forum 2012. All you need is an idea. And probably some data. And also, some techniques for analyzing that data. Oh, and some conclusions would be helpful as well.

I know: you are a busy person! You might not have the time to come up with all of this on your own before Monday's deadline. In the tradition of tremendous service provided via this blog, I'm here to help.

First, the idea: analyze the physics of the popular game, Angry Birds. Yes, it has been done before, but not by using SAS. So really, as far as I'm concerned, it hasn't been done.

How can you collect some data? You need a way to collect measurements of the movement that you see on the screen. Fortunately, there is a free tool that helps you to do that: it's called Tracker. You can play with (er... conduct research on) Angry Birds in your web browser, which makes it much easier to collect measurements.

Now, for the techniques. You can collect the measurements and show them in tables, and maybe a few mathematical formulas, but that could prove to be rather unexciting. You'll be a bigger hit at the conference if you show fancy graphs. If you use ODS Graphics (SGPLOT or the more technical GTL), there is almost nothing that can't show. (Hint: there is a new SAS blog to help with advanced graph techniques!)

Conclusions? I'll leave those to you to make up...I mean, arrive at and thoughtfully present. (Honestly, if I spoon-fed everything to you, I'd have to insist on co-author status.)

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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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