Hadoop releases – here’s the timeline graph!

August 12, 2015
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There's a lot of buzz about Hadoop these days. I started checking into it, and there seemed to be a gazillion releases. So, being The Graph Guy, I decided to create a graph to make it a little easier to digest! During my search for Hadoop information, I found the

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NOTE: SAS Global Forum 2016 – Call for Content is Open #SASGF

August 12, 2015
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NOTE: SAS Global Forum 2016 – Call for Content is Open #SASGF

Have you thought about sharing some of your knowledge with fellow SAS practitioners at SAS Global Forum 2016 in Las Vegas, April 18 - 21? User participation is what makes SAS Global Forum (SGF). Attending the papers from SAS staff is always informative...
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The drunkard’s walk in 2-D

August 12, 2015
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The drunkard’s walk in 2-D

Last month I wrote about how to simulate a drunkard's walk in SAS for a drunkard who can move only left or right in one direction. A reader asked whether the problem could be generalized to two dimensions. Yes! This article shows how to simulate a 2-D drunkard's walk. In

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The world’s most valuable sports teams

August 11, 2015
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There's big money in professional sports these days - we're talking billions of dollars! Do you know which teams are the most valuable? The graphs in this blog will show you... I recently saw a bar chart on dadaviz.com showing the world's most valuable sports teams. It was the right kind

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Good Communicators are Good Listeners

August 11, 2015
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Good Communicators are Good Listeners

A couple of weeks back I wrote how great developers have skills beyond syntax and design patterns. One of those key skills is communication.

Communication is a two-way operation, and the art of listening is oft overlooked, so I thought I'd offer some notes on the subject here. Specifically,...
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Getting SAS certified one credential at a time

August 10, 2015
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Krystian Matusz is what I’d call a super SAS user. He currently holds seven out of the nine credentials SAS offers. SAS Certified Advanced Programmer for SAS 9 SAS Certified Base Programmer for SAS 9 SAS Certified BI Content Developer for SAS 9 SAS Certified Clinical Trials Programmer Using SAS

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Copy data and column names from SAS Enterprise Guide

August 10, 2015
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Copy data and column names from SAS Enterprise Guide

While I've often written about how to get your SAS data to Microsoft Excel in some automated way, I haven't really addressed what's probably the most frequently used method: copy and paste. SAS Enterprise Guide 7.1 added a nifty little feature that makes copy-and-paste even more useful. The new "Copy

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Those tricky PERCENT formats

August 10, 2015
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Those tricky PERCENT formats

When using SAS to format a number as a percentage, there is a little trick that you need to remember: the width of the formatted value must include room for the decimal point, the percent sign, and the possibility of two parentheses that indicate negative values. The field width must

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Do You KISS Your Line Charts?

August 5, 2015
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Probably you have heard the Keep It Simple Sweetie (KISS) principle stated hundreds of times – mainly because it is true. Keep your message simple and straightforward by removing any unnecessary visual clutter. Your job is to direct the viewer’s attention to what is important about the message. Nothing could be more true with...
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