Do you trust statistics?

July 26, 2016
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One of my favorite quotes is: "You can't believe everything you read on the Internet" - Abe Lincoln, 1868. And that is especially true when it comes to graphs and statistics. Hardly a day goes by without me seeing a bad graph that misrepresents the data (either intentionally or unintentionally) .

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Everything you need to know about the new Analytics Experience event

July 25, 2016
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SAS is kicking off a new event Sept. 12-14 in Las Vegas called the Analytics Experience. It’s actually not completely new. In the past, we’ve held our annual Analytics and Premier Business Leadership Series conferences in the fall. But as the industry landscape continues...
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Statistical model building and the SELECT procedures in SAS

July 25, 2016
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Last week I read an interesting paper by Bob Rodriguez: "Statistical Model Building for Large, Complex Data: Five New Directions in SAS/STAT Software." In it, Rodriguez summarizes five modern techniques for building predictive models and highlights recent SAS/STAT procedures that implement those techniques. The...
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How to publish to a Slack channel with SAS

July 22, 2016
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How to publish to a Slack channel with SAS

Slack is a tremendously popular app for team collaboration. At its core, it's an open messaging app that allows team members to communicate with each other in real time. It works well with "startup"-style teamwork, which requires constant communication among people who aren't always...
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How to use SAS software GMap procedure to capture Pokémon!

July 21, 2016
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With the Pokémon Go craze sweeping the world, techies and programmers are looking to apply their skills to gain an advantage over the average user. In this blog post, I show how to use some of SAS' geospatial analytics capabilities to capture a Pikachu. Let's say you...
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When I grow up, I want to be a data scientist

July 20, 2016
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When I was growing up the term “data science” didn’t even exist, let alone dedicated “data scientist” roles. My friends and colleagues might argue that is because I am yet to grow up (!), but do not let this ruin my lead in to...
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Jedi SAS Tricks: Explicit SQL Pass-through in DS2

July 20, 2016
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One of the things I’ve come to love most about DS2 is the tight integration with SQL which makes so many data prep chores so much less onerous. An example is DATA program BY group processing. With a traditional DATA step, you must first...
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Do you write unnecessary SAS statements?

July 20, 2016
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I'm addicted to you. You're a hard habit to break. Such a hard habit to break. —  Chicago, "Hard Habit To Break" Habits are hard to break. For more than 20 years I've been putting semicolons at the end of programming statements in SAS, C/C++,...
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Putting the US in the EU … bucking the Brexit trend!

July 19, 2016
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What would it be like if the US was in the EU? I don't know how that would work out politically, but this map shows how it might look geographically (if the US was literally picked up and moved to Europe!) My buddy Rick...
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