“Dear Cat, I got an email from my IT department that says: [We are nearing capacity on the Flotsam Drive. Please clear data from any folders you are no longer using so we can save disk space. Thanks, The IT Department] Doesn’t this strike you as a bit old-fashioned? I
Outside, the Cary, NC sky is gray and winds are blowing freezing rain, but a group of statisticians at SAS are channeling warm green hills and the soft, gold light of a California evening. Team conversations alternate between distributed processing, PROC IMSTAT and how many pairs of shorts to pack.
The 2014 SAS Professionals Convention, hosted by SAS UK and Ireland, will be June 24-26 at the beautiful headquarters in Marlow, just outside of London. SAS Marlow campus is surrounded by fairy-filled flowering gardens and there is a bluff overlooking the river Thames (where, by my honor, they have actual
“Dear Cat, In a repeated measures drug study, I am unsure what to do with the baseline measurement. Since it is one of the time points in my study, I feel like I should use it as one of the dependent variable measurements. But I have seen analyses where baseline
“How can we begin to make sense of the unstructured data, when we still don’t make the most of our structured data?” said the exasperated senior manager from a large retail firm. One of the great pleasures of my job is the relationship with students that continues after class has
Last week I awoke to an email saying that a respected friend and colleague in Belgium had had an injury and was not well enough to give his talks at the Analytics conference in London. "Can you hop a plane out here and cover six talks?" A trip to London?
The Analytics conference wrapped up another successful year. One of the last things I did in Las Vegas was decompress with some colleagues at the Bacchanal buffet at Caesar’s Palace. It is, in a word, Bacchanal. Now back to the meat of the conference. The keynote from William Hakes was
Here's a quick update from the Analytics 2012 conference. I've seen lots of interesting talks. Frank Travisano and Hongsen Zhou from Chubb presented some of their work incorporating association rules into predictive models. The approach was fresh, using the confidence statistics from a market basket analysis as inputs to a logistic regression
According to David Liebskind of GE Capital, segmentation tells you “What to do” and predictive modeling tells you “Whom to Target.” In his featured presentation “Using Segmentation and Predictive Analytics to Combat Attrition,” the Top Four Must-do’s and Don’t-do’s when using segmentation, paraphrased below for your enjoyment, are: You must
This week I am in Las Vegas at the Analytics 2012 conference. If you’re here too, find me and say hello! I love conferences, especially SAS-related conferences. Someone usually presents a clever SAS trick or a cool way to explain something (I am always on the lookout for better ways