Order variables in a heat map or scatter plot matrix

May 2, 2018
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Order variables in a heat map or scatter plot matrix

Order matters. When you create a graph that has a categorical axis (such as a bar chart), it is important to consider the order in which the categories appear. Most software defaults to alphabetical order, which typically gives no insight into how the categories relate to each other. Alphabetical order

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What makes a SAS user? Order, logic and magic: Louise Hadden

May 1, 2018
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During SAS Global Forum 2018, SAS instructor Charu Shankar sat down with four SAS users to get their take on what makes them a SAS user. Read through to find valuable tips they shared and up your SAS game. I’m sure you will come away inspired, as you d...
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A productive future for SAS Enterprise Guide

April 30, 2018
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A productive future for SAS Enterprise Guide

The title of this blog says what you really need to know: SAS Enterprise Guide does have a future, and it's a bright one. Ever since SAS Studio debuted in 2014, onlookers have speculated about its impact on the development of SAS Enterprise Guide. I think that we have been

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Keeping track of the oldest people in the world

April 30, 2018
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How old was the oldest person in your family, or the oldest person you personally know? And how do they compare to the oldest people in the world? ... Perhaps you can easily make the comparison, with this cool graph! But before we get started, here's a...
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Assign colors in heat maps: A study of married couples and college majors

April 30, 2018
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Assign colors in heat maps: A study of married couples and college majors

Some say that opposites attract. Others say that birds of a feather flock together. Which is it? Phillip N. Cohen, a professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, recently posted an interesting visualization that indicates that married couples who are college graduates tend to be birds of a feather.

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How many planets in our solar system? (… tricky question!)

April 25, 2018
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How many planets are there in our solar system? The answer hasn't always been 9 ... er, I mean 8 (sorry Pluto!). The count has changed throughout history as we got a better understanding of astronomy, discovered new planets, and redefined what a 'plane...
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An easier way to run thousands of regressions

April 25, 2018
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An easier way to run thousands of regressions

SAS programmers on SAS discussion forums sometimes ask how to run thousands of regressions of the form Y = B0 + B1*X_i, where i=1,2,.... A similar question asks how to solve thousands of regressions of the form Y_i = B0 + B1*X for thousands of response variables. I have previously

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Background images and the ODS destination for PowerPoint

April 24, 2018
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The ODS destination for PowerPoint uses table templates and style templates to display the tables, graphs, and other output produced by SAS procedures. You can customize the look of your presentation in a number of ways, including using custom style te...
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Are SAS practice exams worth the cost?

April 24, 2018
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A SAS practice exam can help you prepare for SAS certification. Practice exams are similar in difficulty, objectives, length, and design of the actual exam. While there's no guarantee that passing the practice exam will result in passing the actual exa...
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