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September 2, 2015
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The 2015 United States Tennis Open tournament is now underway, and like most tennis fans, I’ve got my eyes on women’s tennis great Serena Williams, as she attempts to make history by winning the tournament and achieving a calendar Grand Slam. What are her chances of reaching the milestone?  Most

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NOTE: SAS "Inside" of Hadoop

September 2, 2015
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NOTE: SAS "Inside" of Hadoop

We previously looked at SAS Grid Manager for Hadoop, which brings workload management, accelerated processing, and scheduling to a Hadoop environment. This was introduced with the m3 maintenance release of SAS v9.4. M3 also introduced support for using...
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Mathematical art: Weaving matrices

September 2, 2015
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Mathematical art: Weaving matrices

An artist friend of mine recently created a beautiful abstract image and described the process on her blog. She says that "after painting my initial square, I cut it into strips and split them down the middle, then wove them together.... I had no...
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Tales from SAS author, Ron Cody

September 1, 2015
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It was about 30 years ago that I wrote my first book, Applied Statistics and the SAS® Programming Language.  It was written on a PC with two floppy disk drives (one for the operating system, the other for my document) using a word processing...
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NOTE: Visual Analytics V7.3 Has Arrived

September 1, 2015
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Maintenance release 15w33 of SAS v9.4 arrived in August and it included a new version of Visual Analytics - version 7.3. This new release doesn't offer significant new features over its previous releases but I did notice that Visual Analytics Viewer's ...
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Reading Hierarchical Data – Part 3

August 31, 2015
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This post is the third and final in a series that illustrates three different solutions to "flattening" hierarchical data.  Don't forget to catch up with Part 1 and Part 2. Solution 2, from my previous post, created one observation per header record, with detail...
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SASTechies 2015-08-31 14:31:00

August 31, 2015
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SASTechies 2015-08-31 14:31:00

Hey All,Today I happened to read this good presentation about the Data Visualization Best Practices in Business Intelligence reports...There is a excellent graphic referenced here which summarizes which type of data visualization Graphic would be bette...
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Compute the number of digits in an integer

August 31, 2015
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The title of this blog post might seem strange, but I occasionally need to compute the number of digits in a number, usually because I am trying to stuff an integer value into a string. Each time, I have to derive the formula from...
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SAS Visual Analytics: Get to the Point with a Geo Coordinate Map

August 30, 2015
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Perhaps you’ve heard people talk about tornado alley – it’s an area down the middle of the US where tornadoes occur. Tornadoes are powerful storms – capable of sending a 2×4 wood board through a car door – scary.  In the first post of...
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