Point/Counterpoint: Should a programming language accept misspelled keywords?

February 27, 2017
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Longtime SAS programmers know that the SAS DATA step and SAS procedures are very tolerant of typographical errors. You can misspell most keywords and SAS will "guess" what you mean. For example, if you mistype "PROC" as "PRC," SAS will run the program but write a warning to the log:

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2 Easy Steps to Write a Great Book Outline

February 24, 2017
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Editor's note: This series of blogs addresses the questions we are most frequently asked at SAS Press! It worth spending some time on this. Arguably, this is one of the most important parts of the book. The table of contents and outline provide the blue print of your book –

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Gartner’s 2017 Take on Data Science Software

February 23, 2017
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Gartner’s 2017 Take on Data Science Software

In my ongoing quest to track The Popularity of Data Analysis Software, I’ve finally decided to change the title to use the newer term “data science”. The 2017 version of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Data Science Platforms was just published, … Continue reading
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How to add roads to your SAS maps

February 23, 2017
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Have you been using the SAS/Graph Gmap procedure to plot your data on maps for years, but never knew you could add roads to your maps?!? Follow along in this blog post, and I'll teach you how... But before we get started, here's a picture of a nice aer...
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Quantile estimates and the difference of medians in SAS

February 22, 2017
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Quantile estimates and the difference of medians in SAS

Sometimes SAS programmers ask about how to analyze quantiles with SAS. Common questions include: How can I compute 95% confidence intervals for a median in SAS? How can I test whether the medians of two independent samples are significantly different? How can I repeat the previous analyses with other percentiles,

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7 Simple Steps from Proposal to Print: Development of a SAS Press Book

February 21, 2017
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Editor's note: This series of blogs addresses the questions we are most frequently asked at SAS Press! In our last post about how to write a good outline, we discussed the importance of developing an outline for your proposed SAS Press book and gave so...
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The Other 27 SAS Numeric Missing Values

February 21, 2017
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What?!?  You mean a period (.) isn't the only SAS numeric missing value? Well, there are 27 others: .A .B, to .Z and ._ (period underscore). Your first question might be: "Why would you need more than one missing value?"  One situation where multiple missing values are useful involves survey data. Suppose

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Google’s switch to G Suite

February 20, 2017
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My paymenet information for this custom URL is expiring and Google told me to update the payment information. That's OK, I will do it. However, by switching to G Suite, Google makes paying this $10.00 so difficult that I decided it is not worthy to c...
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The distribution of colors for plain M&M candies

February 20, 2017
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The distribution of colors for plain M&M candies

Many introductory courses in probability and statistics encourage students to collect and analyze real data. A popular experiment in categorical data analysis is to give students a bag of M&M® candies and ask them to estimate the proportion of colors in the population from the sample data. In some classes,

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