Using the SAS Macro Language to Create Portable Programs

December 7, 2016
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As technology expands, we have a similarly increasing need to create programs that can be handed off – to clients, to regulatory agencies, to parent companies, or to other projects – and handed off with little or no modification needed by the recipient. Minimizing modification by the recipient often requires

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Why SAS maps are better than Wikipedia svg maps!

December 7, 2016
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Parents are always proud of their kids, and think their kids are better than all the other kids. I guess it might be a little bit that way with mapping software ... but I really do think I've got a pretty compelling example to...
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Simultaneous confidence intervals for a multivariate mean

December 7, 2016
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Simultaneous confidence intervals for a multivariate mean

Many SAS procedure compute statistics and also compute confidence intervals for the associated parameters. For example, PROC MEANS can compute the estimate of a univariate mean, and you can use the CLM option to get a confidence interval for the population mean. Many parametric...
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Discover power laws by log-transforming data

December 5, 2016
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Discover power laws by log-transforming data

A recent issue of Astronomy magazine mentioned Kepler's third law of planetary motion, which states "the square of a planet's orbital period is proportional to the cube of its average distance from the Sun" (Astronomy, Dec 2016, p. 17). The article included a graph...
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5 Reasons to write your first SAS Press book

December 2, 2016
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Editor's note: This series of blogs addresses the questions we are most frequently asked at SAS Press! Ever thought about writing your own SAS or JMP book? Here are a few reasons why writing a SAS Press book can be a fantastic career move!...
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Reading data with the SAS JSON libname engine

December 2, 2016
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Reading data with the SAS JSON libname engine

JSON is the new XML. The number of SAS users who need to access JSON data has skyrocketed, thanks mainly to the proliferation of REST-based APIs and web services. Because JSON is structured data in text format, we've been able to offer simple parsing...
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RStudio in the cloud with Amazon Lightsail and docker

December 1, 2016
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About two years ago we published a quick and easy guide to setting up your own RStudio server in the cloud using the Docker service and Digital Ocean. The process is incredibly easy-- about the only cumbersome part is retyping a random password....
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My top 10 graph blog posts of 2016!

December 1, 2016
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When I was a kid, I always looked forward to Casey Kasem's American Top 40 song countdown at the end of the year. Did I listen to check whether my favorite songs had made the list, or to critique how well the people making the list...
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Using the DATA step debugger in SAS Enterprise Guide

December 1, 2016
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Using the DATA step debugger in SAS Enterprise Guide

In my earlier post about WHERE and IF statements, I announced that the DATA step debugger has finally arrived in SAS Enterprise Guide. (I admit that I might have buried the lead in that post.) Let's use this post to talk about the new...
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