The relationship between toothlessness and income

July 24, 2015
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The relationship between toothlessness and income

My colleague Robert Allison finds the most interesting data sets to visualize! Yesterday he posted a visualization of toothless seniors in the US. More precisely, he created graphs that show the estimated prevalence of adults (65 years or older) who have had all their natural teeth extracted. The dental profession

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Synchronizing SAS Platform Identities

July 24, 2015
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I’ve been spending lots of time lately on SAS® platform identity synchronizations. I’m fairly confident that I’ve done more Microsoft Active Directory (AD) to SAS Metadata Server synchronizations in the past few weeks, than I’ve done in my entire career working with SAS software! The reason for this is that we’ve been doing lots...
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Only brush the teeth you want to keep

July 23, 2015
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When I was a kid, I remember a motivational poster on my dentist's wall that said "You don't have to brush all your teeth -- only the ones you want to keep."  That poster really made me think, and brush my teeth! And now that I'm a data-analyst adult, I think

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NOTE: SAS Grid Manager for Hadoop

July 23, 2015
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NOTE: SAS Grid Manager for Hadoop

I've recently written about how much new functionality is getting released by SAS on an almost monthly basis without much fanfare, and I've also written about how Hadoop is becoming a new "operating system" and we should expect to see Grid and LASR run...
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Explaining analytics with Jeff Zeanah

July 22, 2015
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One of the most important skills for data scientists and business analytical professionals is communications. If decision makers and managers don't understand what the numbers mean -- results won't turn into action. Jeff Zeanah, President of Z Solutions, Inc. has been presenting on the topic of speaking “analytics” for many

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NOTE: HTML 5 is in VA Hub Already!

July 22, 2015
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NOTE: HTML 5 is in VA Hub Already!

Aside from comments about my SAS Enterprise Guide vs SAS Studio article, Metacoda's Michelle Homes (@HomesAtMetacoda) was quick to write a comment about my Flash & SAS Visual Analytics (VA) article and to point out that HTML5 is already an option f...
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A new method to simulate the triangular distribution

July 22, 2015
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A new method to simulate the triangular distribution

The triangular distribution has applications in risk analysis and reliability analysis. It is also a useful theoretical tool because of its simplicity. Its density function is piecewise linear. The standardized distribution is defined on and has one parameter, 0 ≤ c ≤ 1, which determines the peak of the

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NOTE: Your Response: EG & Studio

July 21, 2015
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NOTE: Your Response: EG & Studio

As Mark Twain is oft (incorrectly) quoted as saying: "Reports of my death are much exaggerated". I didn't say that Enterprise Guide (EG) was anywhere close to death when I (contentiously) wrote NOTE: What is SAS Studio? RIP Enterprise Guide? but I...
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Jedi SAS Tricks – Maximum Warp with Hadoop

July 20, 2015
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I'm gearing up to teach the next "DS2 Programming Essentials with Hadoop" class, and thinking about Warp Speed DATA Steps with DS2 where I first demonstrated parallel processing using threads in base SAS. But how about DATA step processing at maximum warp? For that, we'll need a massively parallel processing

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