American English: Where to use ‘yall’ versus ‘yinz’

January 4, 2017
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If you do much traveling in the United States, you're bound to hear a few words and expressions that are unique to certain areas. Well y'all get ready, because I'm fixin' to analyze some of those words for ya! I recently found a really neat web application called The Great

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The top 10 posts from The DO Loop in 2016

January 4, 2017
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The top 10 posts from The DO Loop in 2016

I wrote 105 posts for The DO Loop blog in 2016. My most popular articles were about data analysis, SAS programming tips, and elementary statistics. Without further ado, here are the most popular articles from 2016. Data Analysis and Visualization Start with a juicy set of data and an interesting

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Character to Numeric Conversion in SAS

January 3, 2017
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How many of you have been given a SAS data set with variables such as Age, Height, and Weight and some or all of them were stored as character values instead of numeric?  Probably EVERYONE! Yes, we all know how to do the old "swap and drop" (rename and convert), but

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Beer: Finding your favorite that you didn’t know about!

January 2, 2017
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Data analysis can be used for many things ... how about finding other beers you might like, so you don't keep drinking the same old brand every time? Hang on tight - I think we're about to make a beer run! I recently read an interesting article on the Flowingdata website,

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SAS Jedi Christmas – SAS 9.4 M4 DS2 Do Loop Upgrade

December 29, 2016
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This SAS Jedi is very excited about the SAS 9.4 M4 release, which brought many wonderful gifts just in time for Christmas. So in the interest of extending the Christmas spirit, I'm going to blog about some of my favorites! I've long loved the SAS DO statement variant which allows

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The contaminated normal distribution

December 28, 2016
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The contaminated normal distribution

How can you generate data that contains outliers in a simulation study? The contaminated normal distribution is a simple but useful distribution you can use to simulate outliers. The distribution is easy to explain and understand, and it is also easy to implement in SAS. What is a contaminated normal

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SAS Temporary Arrays, Not Just for Experts

December 27, 2016
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SAS temporary arrays are an underutilized jewel in the SAS toolbox. I find that many beginning to intermediate SAS programmers are not familiar with temporary arrays. The good news is that there is nothing complicated about them and they are very useful. First of all, what is a temporary array?

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Learning SAS programming for R users

December 22, 2016
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Learning SAS programming for R users

TL; DR Free training from SAS: "SAS Programming for R Users." The schedule of Live Web offerings is here. If you prefer self-study, the complete course materials are on the SAS Software GitHub space and you can practice with the free SAS University Edition software. The details: how R programmers

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5 Benefits of writing a book with SAS Press

December 21, 2016
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Editor's note: This series of blogs addresses the questions we are most frequently asked at SAS Press! Do you have a great book idea already in mind, or think you might want to write about an analytics or industry topic? Consider writing a SAS Press book or a SAS &

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