Interesting analytics for the holidays!


This blog shows several "graphical analytics" examples, using holiday-related data...

Since we're in the holiday season, I thought I would pull together several examples of my SAS graphs & maps of holiday-related topics (similar to my holiday blog in 2012, if you're a "long term follower"). Some are nice/technical examples, and some are just for fun ... I'll leave you to decide which graphs fall into which category! ;)

As usual, click the graph snapshot to see the full-size/interactive version:

This first example estimates a lat/long for each location, and plots them all on a map. An image is tiled along the bottom edge, creating a nice effect (and with recent changes in SAS/Graph, the image looks nice and smooth, rather than dithered!)

 This next example was also created using Proc Gmap, even though it doesn't look like a geographical map. This is similar to the technique I used to create silicon wafermaps. Imho, Proc Gmap is the most flexible of all the SAS/Graph procs:

This next example is all about the "Holiday Spirits" ... alcoholic spirits, that is! How does your country stack up to the others in the various alcohol-consumption categories? And is more alcohol, or less alcohol, a better thing?!?

 And, last but not least, my SAS/Graph version of a (dreaded) 3D pie chart I saw on It's the holiday season - please don't judge!  Ho ho ho!!!


If you would like to see the SAS code used to create these (as well as several other holiday graphs), check out my holiday samples page!

What holiday graphs should I work on for next year?!? -- I'm now taking suggestions! :)


About Author

Robert Allison

The Graph Guy!

Robert has worked at SAS for over a quarter century, and his specialty is customizing graphs and maps - adding those little extra touches that help them answer your questions at a glance. His educational background is in Computer Science, and he holds a BS, MS, and PhD from NC State University.

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  1. Robert,
    I was looking at your holiday examples and recalled a website that I learned about yesterday and thought it might be of interest to you and your readers. The website is they seem to have data on everything.

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