Let’s celebrate 40 years of SAS users

June 29, 2016
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Let’s go back to 1976 for a moment. Did you know that was the year Muhammad Ali introduced a line of beauty products called “Knock Out?” And the hottest merchandise, including t-shirts, posters and even beanbags sported the character Arthur Fonzarelli (The Fonz) of TV’s “Happy Days.” But there was something

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Visualize the Cantor function in SAS

June 29, 2016
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Visualize the Cantor function in SAS

I was a freshman in college the first time I saw the Cantor middle-thirds set and the related Cantor "Devil's staircase" function. (Shown at left.) These constructions expanded my mind and led me to study fractals, real analysis, topology, and other mathematical areas. The...
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Could I get a Brexit map over here, please!?!

June 27, 2016
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With the recent vote for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union being all over the news, I was a bit embarrassed to realize I didn't know exactly what areas are (and aren't) considered part of the UK. After a few Google searches, I...
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Video: Demonstrating the new features in SAS Enterprise Guide 7.1

June 27, 2016
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Would you like to see the latest features of SAS Enterprise Guide in action? Of course you would! That's why it's well worth the 12 minutes of your time to watch this video from SAS Global Forum 2016. In the video, Casey Smith (SAS'...
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In praise of simple graphics

June 27, 2016
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'Tis a gift to be simple. -- Shaker hymn In June 2015 I published a short article for Significance, a magazine that features statistical and data-related articles that are of general interest to a wide a range of scientists. The title of my article...
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Assign a SAS library to a different path depending on your OS

June 24, 2016
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One thing that we have a lot of at SAS: installations of SAS software that we can run. I have SAS for Windows on my laptop, and I have access to many centralized instances of SAS that run on Linux and Windows servers. (I...
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SAS error "insufficient memory" on remote queries with wide rows

June 23, 2016
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SAS can give the error The SAS System stopped processing this step because of insufficient memory when querying a single, wide row from a remote SQL Server. The following code fully demonstrates the problem and shows a workaround. Also, I eliminate the explanation that...
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Are there Zika mosquitoes in your county?

June 22, 2016
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Let's create a souped-up SAS map that can track Zika-carrying mosquitoes down to the county level, in the US! A few months ago, I wrote a blog post with a world map of documented locations of the Aedes mosquitoes that could carry the Zika virus....
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Use the EFFECTPLOT statement to visualize regression models in SAS

June 22, 2016
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Use the EFFECTPLOT statement to visualize regression models in SAS

Graphs enable you to visualize how the predicted values for a regression model depend on the model effects. You can gain an intuitive understanding of a model by using the EFFECTPLOT statement in SAS to create graphs like the one shown at the top...
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