Execute SAS/IML statements that are in a file at run time

June 15, 2015
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Execute SAS/IML statements that are in a file at run time

A feature of SAS/IML 13.2 (shipped with SAS 9.4m2, Aug 2014) is the ability to execute SAS/IML statements that are in a file. The feature is implemented by the new EXECUTEFILE subroutine. This feature is similar to the CALL EXECUTE statement. The difference is that the EXECUTEFILE subroutine reads, parses,

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The blog has changed

June 15, 2015
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I changed the name and the description of the blog. Why? Because I am no longer entrenched in just SAS. It is one part of the world I world I work in. Also, I don't have a lot of hits and I use the blog mainly as a means of documenting technical discov...
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SAS Certification sets up Indiana University grads for success

June 12, 2015
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A year ago, Love Bisht and Hardi Gokani were working toward their master’s degrees in information systems at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business when SAS piqued their interest. Today, they’re newly minted graduates with a powerful extra credential – SAS Certification. Love and Hardi, both India natives, encountered SAS

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Mapping the 50 US hospitals with the highest price markups

June 11, 2015
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A recent study by Bai & Anderson has found that some hospitals charge 10x (ie, 1000%) higher than the standard rates set by Medicare. Many news agencies have posted the list of the 50 US hospitals that have the highest markup. But I am more visually oriented, so of course I used SAS

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Ask the Expert: Creating custom tasks for SAS Enterprise Guide

June 11, 2015
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Ask the Expert: Creating custom tasks for SAS Enterprise Guide

If you have not yet discovered the new Ask the Expert series on the SAS Training site, you are missing out on a treasure. Visit the site right now and review all of the available topics, from "Newbie" to Analytics to Visualization to good ol' SAS programming. Go on; I'll

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The spiral of splatter

June 11, 2015
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The spiral of splatter

"Daddy, help! Help me! Come quick!" I heard my daughter's screams from the upstairs bathroom and bounded up the stairs two at a time. Was she hurt? Bleeding? Was the toilet overflowing? When I arrived in the doorway, she pointed at the wall and at the floor. The wall was

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Computing polar angles from coordinate data

June 10, 2015
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Computing polar angles from coordinate data

Equations that involve trigonometric functions can have infinitely many solutions. For example, the solution to the equation tan(θ)=1 is θ = π/4 + kπ, where k is any integer. In order to obtain a unique solution to the equation, we define the "arc" functions: inverse trigonometric functions that return a

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Tracking West Nile virus mosquitos in the US

June 9, 2015
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Have you ever been bitten by a mosquito? What are the odds it carried the West Nile virus? ... Perhaps a lot higher than you thought! Here's a picture of a mosquito that kept 'bugging' me around my computer desk at home - good riddance, I say! The West Nile

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Estimating Analytics Software Market Share by Counting Books

June 9, 2015
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Below is the latest update to The Popularity of Data Analysis Software. Books The number of books published on each software package or language reflects its relative popularity. Amazon.com offers an advanced search method which works well for all the software except R … Continue reading
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