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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Analysis of serial killings in the US

July 20, 2015
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I recently came across some very interesting data on serial killings ... but it was in tabular/text form. This seemed like an invitation for me to create some graphs that make it easier to understand the data. It seems many people have a morbid curiosity about serial killers. For example, some

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Create a density curve with shaded tails

July 20, 2015
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Create a density curve with shaded tails

A SAS programmer wanted to plot the normal distribution and highlight the area under curve that corresponds to the tails of the distribution. For example, the following plot shows the lower decile shaded in blue and the upper decile shaded in red. An easy way to do this in SAS

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VR – Now I get it!

July 19, 2015
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VR – Now I get it!

I'm a regular viewer of the BBC Click technology programme on the BBC News channel (@BBCClick). It covers a broad variety of technology subjects in a very accessible manner - ideal Sunday morning viewing.

Until this weekend's Click I'd always associated virtual reality (VR) headsets...
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Transform SAS files to Parquet through Spark

July 17, 2015
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Transform SAS files to Parquet through Spark

The demo pipeline is at GitHub.
Since the version 1.3, Spark has introduced the new data structure DataFrame. A data analyst now could easily scale out the exsiting codes based on the DataFrame from Python or R to a cluster hosting Hadoop and Spark.
There are quite a few practical scenarios that DataFrame fits well....
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Visualizing the distribution of ACT scores

July 17, 2015
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Visualizing the distribution of ACT scores

My son is in high school and plans to take the ACT, a standardized test to assess college aptitude and readiness. My wife asked, "What is a good score for the ACT?" I didn't know, but I did a quick internet search and discovered a tabulation of scores for the

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SAS Download Manager in Console Mode

July 17, 2015
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SAS® 9.4 M3 is now available (as discussed by Andy Ratcliffe in his recent NOTE: blog post), so I’m downloading a new SAS depot using the SAS Download Manager. I’m downloading it onto a Linux server that happens to have X11 available, but I’m choosing to use console (text) mode, rather than the default...
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NOTE: SAS v9.4 M3 is available

July 15, 2015
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Further to my post on flavours of SAS v9.4 (indeed, flavours of SAS v9.4 m2), this week sees the release of SAS v9.4 m3 (otherwise known as 15w29). I've not had a chance to use it yet(!), but the documented features that caught my eye include:The ...
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