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Data Visualization
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Axis values and hint

Getting the axis values just right generally requires some work, and the values you want can change from case to case.  One such example was discussed by Dan Heath in his post on custom axis values.  Here Dan shows the usage of non uniform axis values using the VALUES option on

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Just a legend, please

Recently, an interesting question was posed on the previous article on this blog by a reader.  Can we use the new DiscreteAttrMap feature to create just a legend with specific entries, with no graph.  The question was intriguing enough that I did not wait to ask - "Why?".  I just got

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Bar chart on interval axis

Recently, a user asked about creating a Bar Chart of Value by Date, where the dates are displayed on a scaled interval axis.   Consider this simulated data set of value by date and treatment shown below.  This data set only has one value for each date and treatment combination. We can use the VBAR statement

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Sanjay Matange 0
Simpler is better

A recent article in the SAS and R blog was about current winter temperatures in Albany, NY.  The temperature data for the recent winter (Dec 2011 - Mar 2012) was plotted on a polar graph. Robert Allison posted an article on displaying the same data as a Polar Graph using SAS/GRAPH .  Here is his

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Sanjay Matange 0
Bar-Line graph

A user recently posted a question in the SAS communities forum about  how to best display two measures by one classifier using a Bar-Line graph, where the scale of the two measures is vastly different.  This got me thinking about various different ways to represent such data.  Here are some of my thoughts,

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Cluster groups

The topic of cluster groups comes up often.  By cluster group I am referring to the feature in bar charts where the group values are displayed side by side. With SAS 9.3, SG Procedures support stack or cluster grouping for Bar Charts and overlay or cluster grouping for all other

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Let them eat pie

ODS Graphics system was initially motivated by the need for high quality graphs for SAS Base, STAT, and other analytical procedures.  Use of SG Procedures, ODS Graphics Designer and GTL by users too has initially focused on analytical graphs.  But just like wheels on carryon bags that started for the specific needs of flight

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High resolution graphs

Creating a graph that looks nice, with readable, high resolution fonts is important and should be easy to do.  With SG procedures and GTL, this is easy to do with a simple option, but not the default. Creating a high resolution (image) for a graph consumes higher system resources.  When working on a graph,

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Graphs with class

When the data is classified by multiple class variables, you can certainly create graphs using BY variables.  This results in separate graphs, one for each level of the BY variable crossings.  Each graph is scaled by its own data subset, and comparisons across BY levels is harder. When comparisons need to be

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