Test-Drive SAS’ new Support site search

December 15, 2017
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Test-Drive SAS’ new Support site search

“Alexa, how many ounces are in a 750-ml bottle of wine?” “Waze, how many miles between Cary and Kannapolis, NC?” “Google, which NFL teams are favored to win this weekend?” Every day many of us turn to some sort of search vehicle to help us solve a work issue or win

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How to share your SAS knowledge with your professional network

December 14, 2017
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How to share your SAS knowledge with your professional network

As you might have heard, sasCommunity.org -- a wiki-based web site that has served as a user-sourced SAS repository for over a decade -- is winding down. This was a difficult decision taken by the volunteer advisory board that runs the site. However, the decision acknowledges a new reality: SAS

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Timeline of all the U.S. presidents

December 13, 2017
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I was recently reading the Wikipedia page about the U.S. presidents. There was a table with a lot of interesting data, but I thought it would be much easier to get a handle on the information if there was also a timeline graph. So, of course, I set out...
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How to get the current TITLE in SAS

December 13, 2017
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How to get the current TITLE in SAS

The SAS language is large. Even after 20+ years of using SAS, there are many features that I have never used. Recently it became necessary for me to learn about DICTIONARY tables in PROC SQL (and the associated SASHELP views) because I needed to programmatically obtain the text for the

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Tricks for importing text files in SAS Enterprise Guide

December 12, 2017
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Tricks for importing text files in SAS Enterprise Guide

I'm a big fan of the Import Data task in SAS Enterprise Guide, especially for its support of text-based files (CSV, tab delimited, fixed width, and more). There's no faster method for generating SAS code that reads your data exactly the way you need it. I use the tool so

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Make contents in legend in ASCENDING order

December 12, 2017
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Include the GROUPORDER=ASCENDING option in the VBARPARM statements.  For example:vbarparm category=subject response=&var /       group=&group datalabel=&byvar dataskin=pressed datalabelattrs=(size=6 weight=bold...
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Who was the oldest US president?

December 12, 2017
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Donald Trump is pretty spry and energetic for an old guy - he's currently 71 years old, and seems to have more energy than I do (and I'm about 20 years his junior). But is he the oldest US president? Well, as with many questions ... it depends. Follow ...
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A self-similar Christmas tree

December 11, 2017
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A self-similar Christmas tree

Happy holidays to all my readers! My greeting-card to you is an image of a self-similar Christmas tree. The image (click to enlarge) was created in SAS by using two features that I blog about regularly: matrix computations and ODS statistical graphics. Self-similarity in Kronecker products I have previously shown

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Yes – Wednesday is M&M day at SAS!

December 6, 2017
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Some people might think it's an urban legend that SAS gives its employees free M&M's. Well, I'm here to tell you it's true! Every Wednesday at the Cary headquarters, a bucket of M&M's shows up in each of the break rooms. I'm only half-kidding i...
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