Where does Girl Scout cookie money go?

January 18, 2017
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Here in the US, it's Girl Scout cookie season. This is when you get to spend a few bucks on cookies, break your New Year's resolution about losing weight ... and feel good about it, because the money's going to a good cause. Or is it? - Let's break down

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Solve mixed-integer linear programming problems in SAS

January 18, 2017
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Solve mixed-integer linear programming problems in SAS

This article shows how to solve mixed-integer linear programming (MILP) problems in SAS. In a mixed-integer problem, some of the variables in the problem are integer-valued whereas others are continuous. The objective function is a linear function of the variables and the variables can...
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Prius isn’t the highest-mpg hybrid in 2017!

January 16, 2017
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For many years, the Toyota Prius was the hybrid with the best mpg - but in 2017 that's changing! Let's examine the data ... For analyses like this, I have found the fueleconomy.gov website to be a wonderful source of information. In recent years,...
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PUT it there! Six tips for using PUT and %PUT statements in SAS

January 16, 2017
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For SAS programmers, the PUT statement in the DATA step and the %PUT macro statement are useful statements that enable you to display the values of variables and macro variables, respectively. By default, the output appears in the SAS log. This article shares a...
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What to do in Orlando, during SAS Global Forum!

January 13, 2017
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They say "a picture is worth 1000 words" - and I think it might be more like 2000 when it comes to planning out fun/interesting things to do in  a new city! I'm going to the SAS Global Forum (#SASGF) conference in Orlando this...
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Finding Private User Folders for Deleted SAS Platform Users

January 13, 2017
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“How do I find all the private user folders for SAS users that have been deleted so I know which folders can be removed?” I was asked this question recently and thought that I should be able to build up a single line XMLSELECT...
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SAS Platform Audit History: Options and Versions

January 12, 2017
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Lately I have been looking at audit histories with the SAS® platform. This is to answer the “Who viewed/changed what and when?” type of question. The core support for this is provided by the SAS Logging Facility. Customizing logging for the many and varied...
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Ten posts from 2016 that deserve a second look

January 11, 2017
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Ten posts from 2016 that deserve a second look

Last week I wrote about the 10 most popular articles from The DO Loop in 2016. The popular articles tend to be about elementary topics that appeal to a wide range of SAS programmers. Today I present an "editor's choice" list of technical articles...
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ODS OUTPUT: Store any statistic created by any SAS procedure

January 9, 2017
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ODS OUTPUT: Store any statistic created by any SAS procedure

In the beginning SAS created procedures and output. The output was formless and void. Then SAS said, "Let there be ODS," and there was ODS. Customers saw that ODS was good, and SAS separated the computation from the display and management of output. The...
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