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February 10, 2016
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Sample with replacement and unequal probability in SAS

February 10, 2016
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Sample with replacement and unequal probability in SAS

How do you sample with replacement in SAS when the probability of choosing each observation varies? I was asked this question recently. The programmer thought he could use PROC SURVEYSELECT to generate the samples, but he wasn't sure which sampling technique he should use...
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Driving 74 million cars on wasted natural gas

February 9, 2016
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Did you know you could drive 74 million cars using the wasted natural gas that is flared from oil wells and refineries? Learn more details in this blog post! Flaring (burning) is commonly used to dispose of natural gas produced at oil and gas facilities that...
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Where in the World is SAS Visual Analytics?

February 9, 2016
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I get a lot of inquiries about the SAS Visual Analytics geo-mapping features. Typically, customers are interested in knowing how specific the plotting can get. Many are concerned that the product is focused mainly in the US and thus probably doesn’t go any deeper...
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Read data into vectors or into a matrix: Which is better?

February 8, 2016
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Read data into vectors or into a matrix: Which is better?

In the SAS/IML language, you can read data from a SAS data set into a set of vectors (each with their own name) or into a single matrix. Beginning programmers might wonder about the advantages of each approach. When should you read data into...
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SAS VA Data Builder: Add a New Data Item

February 5, 2016
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The SAS Visual Analytics Data Builder allows you to prepare and load data to the SAS LASR Server so you can complete analysis or build reports and dashboards. It’s a little more tricky to use than some of the other parts of SAS Visual...
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How to eat 724,548 donuts and burn 138 million calories!

February 5, 2016
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Eating donuts, burning calories, and raising money for a good cause -- that's what the annual Krispy Kreme Challenge is all about. If this intrigues you, read on to find out more... But first, here's a picture of me eating a donut, preparing for...
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Sorting data in SAS: can you skip it?

February 4, 2016
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Sorting data in SAS: can you skip it?

TL;DR The next time that you find yourself writing a PROC SORT step, verify that you're working with the SAS Base engine and not a database. If your data is in a database, skip the SORT! The details: When to skip the PROC SORT...
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Undocumented SAS feature: Bulkloading to Netezza with ODBC interface

February 3, 2016
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The SAS/ACCESS Interface to ODBC in SAS 9.4M4 states it supports bulk loading only to "Microsoft SQL Server data on Windows platforms." However, in practice on the Windows platform it also supports bulk loading to Netezza.

Bulk loading is amazingly fast....
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