Jedi SAS Tricks: Writing to Text Files from DS2

June 6, 2016
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A reader posed a question in the comments to an earlier Jedi SAS Trick, asking how to write the results of a DS2 DATA _NULL_ program to a text file. It's an interesting question, as DS2 currently has no text file handling statements or capabilities. Take, for example, this traditional

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Rexer Data Science Survey: Satisfaction Results

June 6, 2016
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Rexer Data Science Survey: Satisfaction Results

by Bob Muenchen I previously reported on the initial results of Rexer Analytics’ 2015 survey of data science tools here. More results are now available, and the comprehensive report should be released soon.  One of the more interesting questions on the survey … Continue reading
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Beyond the Credential: What’s up with the test before the test?

June 6, 2016
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If you have taken a SAS Deployment exam in the past 9-12 months, you may have wondered why there are pre-test test questions. While it might seem like I am providing warmer-upper questions out of the goodness of my heart, these pre-test tests are actually called candidate surveys. Their purpose?

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Planning Your Dashboard

June 6, 2016
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A dashboard starts with planning. In my last post, we talked about gauges and when you want to use them. In this post, we will apply the gauges to a dashboard. Gauges cannot live by themselves – they need supporting information. It must be clear how the information supports the gauges. I’ll use the same...
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How to write CONTRAST and ESTIMATE statements in SAS regression procedures

June 6, 2016
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I got several positive comments about a recent tip, "How to fit a variety of logistic regression models in SAS." A reader asked if I knew any other similar resources about statistical analysis in SAS. Absolutely! One gem that comes to mind is "Examples of writing CONTRAST and ESTIMATE statements."

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What you see is what you get … maybe!

June 2, 2016
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When using visual analytics, it's important to realize that WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) is not always true. By recognizing a few optical illusions and tricks, you might become a better data analyst ... and have some fun along the way. Let's start with the Koffka Rings

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How SAS Support Communities can expedite your tech support experience

June 2, 2016
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How SAS Support Communities can expedite your tech support experience

SAS Technical Support has earned a wonderful reputation for being friendly, knowledgeable, and thorough. Every customer that I talk to is delighted by the experience. That's why what I'm about to say might be heresy, but here it goes. If you have question about how to accomplish a task using

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Create spaghetti plots in SAS

June 2, 2016
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Create spaghetti plots in SAS

What is a spaghetti plot? Spaghetti plots are line plots that involve many overlapping lines. Like spaghetti on your plate, they can be hard to unravel, yet for many analysts they are a delicious staple of data visualization. This article presents the good, the bad, and the messy about spaghetti

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A closer look at the teacher salary graph

June 1, 2016
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Teacher salaries have been a hotly debated issue in our state for the past few years. In this blog post, I examine a graph that recently appeared in our local news, point out some deficiencies, and create an alternate graph. But before we get started, here's a picture of my

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