## Tag: Statistics

Programming Tips
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Which Base procedure is best for simple statistics?

It’s an understatement to say there are many Base SAS procedures! Some procedures may be used for basic report writing. Other procedures may be used to perform statistical analysis. Some have similar functions. Others are unique in the output that they can produce. Which procedure you choose generally depends on

Analytics
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Ask the Statistician: Putting statistical results into action

So far in this Ask the Statistician series, we heard statisticians at the Analytics 2013 conference  discuss the benefits of statistical analysis, the types of statistical techniques they use to solve their business problems and how they share their statistical results with non-technical audiences that need to use this information.  So, the next step

Analytics
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Ask a statistician: Why do you love SAS?

So far in our "Ask the statistician" blog and video series, we have heard responses from statisticians to the following questions: Why is it important to celebrate the International Year of Statistics? How did you became interested in statistics? Why should students study statistics? How do you use statistics? What

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FP&R, or, Why we kicked the spreadsheet habit

Are you missing the “A” in your FP&A (financial planning and analysis)?  Maybe missing some of the “P” as well?  Are you and your department getting a bit tired of the “FR” gig you seem to have landed? I just got back from chairing last week’s IE Group Financial Innovation

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Ask a statistician: Why should students study statistics?

If you have been paying attention to the media, you might have heard that statistics is the hottest new field and career choice. According to a recent Wall Street Journal blog post, schools are seeing an influx of students interested in the field. Some students are getting an even earlier

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SAS blogger on statistics, big data and simplicity

Popular SAS blogger Rick Wicklin was recently interviewed by the Brazilian statistics site, estatisti.co about his new book, his background in mathematics, his advice for programmers and his dedication to blogging. Wicklin's answers are conveniently translated into English on the site, so you can read these - and other gems by checking out the full interview.

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Does the philosophy of knowledge need statistics?

If a SAS Global Forum presentation doesn’t include at least one line of code, is it still a presentation? Absolutely. Just ask those who donned their thinking caps to hear J. Michael Hardin, Dean and Professor of Statistics from Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration at the University of

Data Visualization
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How can data visualization make the statistician's job easier?

Data visualization can revolutionize the way that statisticians accomplish their modeling work, especially in the early phases of an analytics project. In this post, we'll look at how data visualization can improve the initial stages of the analytical lifecycle – problem identification and data preparation – and how SAS Visual Analytics plays a

Data Visualization
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In the spirit of the new year – the International Year of Statistics – I thought I’d share some different ways to use statistics. Can statistics help you in your everyday life?  Certainly!  And here's an example to prove it... Let's say you have a dresser drawer full of white socks.

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SAS loves math: Tonya Balan

A senior manager in the analytics product management group, Tonya Balan sees herself as a bridge between SAS customers and R&D, ensuring that SAS products stay relevant to the needs of the customer. With a background in statistics and experience as a college professor, Tonya shares her excellent advice and

Data Visualization
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Graphical display of statistics

Statistical graphs often include display of derived statistics along with the raw data.  Often these statistics are presented in a tabular format inside the graph.  With SGPLOT procedure, a table of statistics can be added to the graph as an inset table, as shown below. Using a Stat Table: SGPLOT code:

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Conversational analytics

When you begin your career your most important skills are your hard, technical skills; the finance and accounting, the statistics and economics, the physics and chemistry, the engineering and calculus.  But as I tell my business school mentees, as your career progresses, the emphasis changes such that much sooner than

Analytics
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Analytics gone wild?

A recent post on the International Institute for Analytics (IIA) site, Analytics Conferences Gone Wild!, is*not* about how statisticians are sexy. Yes, I'm recalling that memorable quote in the August 2009 NY Times story, "For Today’s Graduate, Just One Word: Statistics,” which included the following quote: “I keep saying that

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Speakers are confirmed for SCSUG 2011

Registration is now open for the  SCSUG 2011 (South Central SAS Users Group) educational forum to be held at the Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel and Spa in Fort Worth, Texas November 6 - 8.  Whet your SAS tastebuds with this lineup of speakers: Keynote Address What’s New in SAS® 9.3 Rick Langston

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CDISC, FDA, Statistics and Networking: A Great Conference Idea

Contributed by Chris Decker, US Regional Director for PhUSE ~ PhUSE will be holding three Single Day Events between now and September 14 for pharmaceutical software users. PhUSE, (Pharmaceutical Users Software Exchange) began in 2005 in Europe to provide pharmaceutical software users with an environment where they could create and

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Time to Plan for WUSS 2011

Contributed by Ginger Carey and Kathy Valdés, WUSS 2011 Conference Chairs ~ The annual WUSS conference brings hundreds of SAS users and SAS experts together. Whether you are new to the world of SAS or have been using it for years, consider the benefits of attending WUSS 2011 in San

Analytics
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Data + Context = Business Intelligence

“Our performance last month was 46.” Oh, you don’t have to thank me, I was just doing my job. Not very well, I might add. 46? 46 what? Or 46 who’s? Without context, 46 is just a number, just data. In context, perhaps that’s 46 out of 48 (not too

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OMG, I LV SCHL!

It never ceases to amaze me how and where Business Analytics can add value. While researching for this week’s post, I came across a story that used the title of this post as a sub heading (OMG, I LUV SCHL!). According to Timothy Darley, Superintendent Granville Country Schools “Our graduation

Analytics
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Activity-Based Management: The gift that keeps on giving

In honor of the United Nations World Statistics Day (October 20, 2010), let’s not leave finance out of the party. In fact, let’s continue with our focus from last time on the analytical and decision support payback afforded by Activity-based costing, perhaps the most underappreciated finance tool for adding value

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Mathematic Czar’s magic begins with statistics

Today’s lunch with Dr. Arthur Benjamin, self-proclaimed mathemagician and Professor of mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, was everything it was hyped to be. Benjamin combines light math puzzling and his lively sense of humor for a show that keeps even an analytical audience entertained. He opened the show with a

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The Code Doctor is in …

Does your SAS code lack energy? Are your macros not 'mending'? Is your data out of sorts? Not to fear, because here at SAS Global Forum, we have emergency treatment for your SAS code. The new Code Doctors section allows you to bring your problematic SAS programs to a SAS