Beyond the Credential: Testing Test Questions

August 3, 2016
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Any subject matter expert (SME) who has written test questions will tell you it is a lot harder and much more time consuming than they initially expected. Many believe they can simply write down any topic-related question that pops in their mind. Easy, right? Not so fast. Questions should be

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How can you get students and kids excited about learning SAS?

August 3, 2016
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Our big data problems have only just begun; new studies have confirmed that SAS is the most valuable career skill in the increasingly competitive job market, and the analytics skills gap is a big issue that education at a grassroots level could help solve. It’s more important now than ever

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Video: Writing packages: A new way to distribute and use SAS/IML programs

August 3, 2016
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My presentation at SAS Global Forum 2016 was titled "Writing Packages: A New Way to Distribute and Use SAS/IML Programs." The paper was published in the conference proceedings several months ago, but I recently recorded a short video that gives an overview of using and creating packages in SAS/IML 14.1:

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Analytical problem solving with Carlos

August 2, 2016
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Carlos Pinheiro is talented. One afternoon Carlos stood in front of a group of marketers including myself, and shared social network analysis using our data.  Yes, the analysis took talent, but the real brilliance was that Carlos presented the information in a way where we all left the meeting with

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How can I learn SAS?

August 1, 2016
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What would come to mind if you were told that you have to attend a SAS training course? Perhaps, you have a vision of an instructor sitting at the front of a classroom, endlessly reading PowerPoint slides verbatim in a monotonous voice while you sit there baffled, wondering what is

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Compute highest density regions in SAS

August 1, 2016
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Compute highest density regions in SAS

In a scatter plot, the regions where observations are packed tightly are areas of high density. A contour plot or heat map of a bivariate kernel density estimate (KDE) is one way to visualize regions of high density. A SAS customer asked whether it is possible to use SAS to

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Need a Dynamic X-Axis with Your SAS Visual Analytics Report?

July 31, 2016
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I like to read the SAS Visual Analytics area of SAS Communities site. From the site I have overcome issues I had as well as learned other ways to think how you can solve common issues. As many long time SAS users know – there’s always more than one way to accomplish something with SAS! Recently,...
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Suppressing SAS Workspace Server MVA_DSIO.OPEN_CLOSE and _DISARM Messages

July 31, 2016
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This is just a very quick post to jot down the location of a SAS reference that I keep losing! I have the SAS Audit, Performance and Measurement (APM) package installed in my older SAS 9.4 M0 dev/test environment. The APM package is now deprecated as the functionality has moved into SAS Environment Manager...
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Most efficient way to find rare Pokémon

July 29, 2016
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Were you the kid who sat there analyzing the amusement park map before entering the park, planning out how you could visit the most rides in the least amount of time? If so, then this blog's for you, my data analyst kindred spirit! And to get you in the mood,

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