The one piece of advice everyone in analytics needs to hear

August 28, 2015
By

I was recently asked why I would recommend my new class, Explaining Analytics to Decision Makers:  Insights to Action.  The answer goes back to some great advice, a lunch of eggplant parmesan and in another more twisted way, to what was ironically affectionately known as the “bomb plant.” Early in

The post Read more »

Five things a SAS user should know this week

August 27, 2015
By

Note: This blog post is cross-posted from the Key Happenings blog. Going forward, posts about changes to support.sas.com will appear here, in the SAS User's blog. Enjoy! 5 -- SAS 9.4 M3 and 14.1 are available 4 -- Communities will go to read-only status...
Read more »

Reading hierarchical data – Part 2

August 27, 2015
By

This post is the second in a series that illustrates three different solutions to "flattening" hierarchical data. Solution 1, from my previous post, created one observation per header record, summarizing the detail data with a COUNT variable, like this: Summary Approach: One observation per...
Read more »

Monitor convergence during simulation studies in SAS

August 26, 2015
By
Monitor convergence during simulation studies in SAS

Ugh! Your favorite regression procedure just printed a warning to the SAS log. Something is wrong, and your attempt to fit a model to the data has not succeeded. A typical message is "WARNING: The validity of the model fit is questionable," perhaps followed...
Read more »

Reading hierarchical data – Part 1

August 25, 2015
By

A family and its members represent a simple hierarchy.  For example, the Jones family has four members: A text file might represent this hierarchy with family records followed by family members' records, like this:   The PROC FORMAT step below defines the codes in...
Read more »

Making Notes With Livescribe 3

August 25, 2015
By
Making Notes With Livescribe 3

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about active listening, and I mentioned that I find that note-taking helps me understand (and remember) what I am being told. The downside of this approach is the pile of age-old...
Read more »

SAS VA: Is Location just a Distracting Character in Your Dataviz?

August 24, 2015
By

In my high school Performance Art class, our teacher, Mr. Kennedy, was constantly reminding us that when you have characters on stage the focus must remain on the central action. If you have non-speaking role then you cannot draw attention to yourself. For instance,...
Read more »

Flexibility of SAS Enterprise Miner

August 24, 2015
By

Do you use an array of tools to perform predictive analytics on your data? Is your current tool not flexible enough to accommodate some of your requirements? SAS Enterprise Miner may be your solution. With growing number of data mining applications, having a tool...
Read more »

Ten tips for simulating data with SAS

August 24, 2015
By

One of my presentations at SAS Global Forum 2015 was titled "Ten Tips for Simulating Data with SAS". The paper was published in the conference proceedings several months ago, but I recently recorded a short video that gives an overview of the 10 tips:...
Read more »

Proc-x is looking for sponsors!

Dear readers, proc-x is looking for sponsors who would be willing to support the site in exchange for banner ads in the right sidebar of the site. If you are interested, please e-mail me at: tal.galili@gmail.com

Welcome!

SAS-X.com offers news and tutorials about the various SAS® software packages, contributed by bloggers. You are welcome to subscribe to e-mail updates, or add your SAS-blog to the site.

SAS and all other SAS Institute Inc. product or service names are registered trademarks or trademarks of SAS Institute Inc. in the USA and other countries. ® indicates USA registration.