Use a funnel plot to visualize rates: The case fatality rate for COVID-19 in North Carolina counties

April 20, 2020
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Use a funnel plot to visualize rates: The case fatality rate for COVID-19 in North Carolina counties

Death is always a difficult topic to discuss, and death has been in the news a lot during this tragic coronavirus pandemic. Many news stories focus on states, counties, or cities that have the most cases or the most deaths. A related statistic is the case fatality rate, which is

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Getting Started with Python Integration to SAS® Viya® – Part 1 – Making a Connection

April 15, 2020
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Getting Started with Python Integration to SAS® Viya® – Part  1 – Making a Connection

Welcome to the first post for the Getting Started with Python Integration to SAS Viya series! With the popularity of the Python programming language for data analysis and SAS Viya's ability to integrate with Python, I thought, why not create tutorials for users integrating the two? To begin the series

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Add diagonal reference lines to SAS graphs: The LINEPARM and VECTOR statements

April 15, 2020
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Add diagonal reference lines to SAS graphs: The LINEPARM and VECTOR statements

I previously wrote about the advantages of adding horizontal and vertical reference lines to a graph. You can also add a diagonal reference line to a graph. The SGPLOT procedure in SAS supports two primary ways to add a diagonal reference line: The LINEPARM statement enables you to specify a

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Storage in the Cloud – SAS and Azure

April 13, 2020
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Editor’s note: This is the third article in a series by Conor Hogan, a Solutions Architect at SAS, on SAS and database and storage options on cloud technologies. This article covers the SAS offerings available to connect to and interact with the various storage options available in Microsoft Azure. Access

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Add horizontal and vertical reference lines to SAS graphs: The REFLINE statement

April 13, 2020
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Add horizontal and vertical reference lines to SAS graphs: The REFLINE statement

Data tell a story. A purpose of data visualization is to convey that story to the reader in a clear and impactful way. Sometimes you can let the data "speak for themselves" in an unadorned graphic, but sometimes it is helpful to add reference lines to a graph to emphasize

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Using common filters in SAS Visual Analytics

April 10, 2020
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Using common filters in SAS Visual Analytics

Common filters are filters that can be shared between objects in your reports. Common filter benefits include 1) Easy to assign the same filter conditions to other report objects, 2) When you edit a common filter, it is updated everywhere that the common filter is used, and 3) A common filter is available for...
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On reducing the spread of coronavirus

April 8, 2020
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On reducing the spread of coronavirus

Every day we face risks. If we drive to work, we risk a fatal auto accident. If we eat red meat and fatty foods, we risk a heart attack. If we go out in public during a pandemic, we risk contracting a disease. A logical response to risk is to

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Working remotely? A list of 5 ways to spend your down time

April 7, 2020
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Working remotely? A list of 5 ways to spend your down time

As many of us are learning to navigate the changing world we are living in amid the COVID-19 outbreak, and as we care for our loved ones, friends, and our community, many of us now find ourselves working and studying from home much more than we did before. As an

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The geometric distribution in SAS

April 6, 2020
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The geometric distribution in SAS

I have written several articles about how to work with continuous probability distributions in SAS. I always emphasize that it is important to be able to compute the four essential functions for working with a statistical distribution. Namely, you need to know how to generate random values, how to compute

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