SAS is great at helping make important business decisions - how about helping decide where to take your next vacation?...
Here's a picture from one of my favorite vacations with my buddy Joe. As you can see, I like "nature vacations." Can you guess where this one was? (leave a comment with your best guess!)
I was looking around for potential vacation spots to visit this summer, and came across a cool article on the CNN website that listed one great natural wonder in each of the 50 US states. The article was laid out on a single page, and it took a lot of scrolling to find the states I was interested in. So I thought to myself, "Self - why don't you plot this data on a SAS map, and set up drilldowns in the map that jump to the desired state in the article?"
And that's exactly what I did! Click the thumbnail below to see the full-size interactive SAS map. Hover over the markers to see summary info, and click the markers (or the states) to jump to that state's section of the CNN article. It's a nice example of visual (and geographical) analytics, to show the power of SAS!
traverse MI, dunes?
The map is not working for me. The hovering is fine but when I click the dot - I am taken to the top of the CNN article - not the state section.
Julie - try it a couple more times. Their page seems to have a random problem with the anchors, such that they don't work about 1 time out of 10 (at least that's what I'm seeing using Internet Explorer). If the problem persists, you might also try viewing it using a different browser if you've got and extra one (such as IE, Google Chrome, Firefox, etc).
Peru! - Huacachina?
Yes! and Yes! :)
Thanks for sharing. Stunning landscapes !
My personal guess :
Death Valley, USA
Atacama Desert, Chile
You're getting closer! - It's in South America, but not Chile!
I find the interactive map handy to learn the states too! :-)
I strive for fun *and* educational! :)
Silver Lake Michigan sand dunes?
Getting closer ... but still no! :)
Great usage, Robert, and great pictures! Let me guess: Sahara Desert? Would be also nice if you provide some explaining on how you did it.
Nope - not Sahara! ... I'll give you a hint - it is somewhere in North or South America! :)
Oh - and here's a link to the SAS code...