New DI Admin Course from SAS

December 16, 2010
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Back in September I wrote about seeing some New Targeted Admin Courses from SAS. Today I saw that the list of admin courses has been further extended to add a new SAS Data Integration Studio: Administration course. There’s more information about this new training course, including the course outline, on the SAS web site...
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The Module That Vanished

December 15, 2010
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Recently, I needed to detect whether a matrix consists entirely of missing values. I wrote the following module: proc iml; /** Module to detect whether all elements of a matrix are missing values. Works for both numeric and character matrice...
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Celebration is in the Air

December 14, 2010
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Celebration is in the Air

... and it may not just be the spirit of the season! We've finally arrived: the final user group meeting of 2010. It's hard to believe, to be honest... this has been such a busy, full year with so much to celebrate. I'll have a lot of numbers, testamon...
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A SAS data miner without Enterprise Miner

December 13, 2010
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A SAS data miner without Enterprise Miner

SAS Enterprise Miner (EM) is indeed a fancy tool for a SAS programmer who wants to switch to the field of data mining. It is like the point-and-click camera: you drag several nodes onto the diagram, run it and everything is settled. And I was quite i...
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Example 8.18: A Monte Carlo experiment

December 13, 2010
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Example 8.18: A Monte Carlo experiment

In recent weeks, we've explored methods to fit logistic regression models when a state of quasi-complete separation exists. We considered Firth's penalized likelihood approach, exact logistic regression, and Bayesian models using Markov chain Monte Ca...
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Using Stored Processes to Improve Information Maps

December 13, 2010
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Using Stored Processes to Improve Information Maps

Integrating Stored Processes into Information Maps can improve process performance as well as provide extra flexibility and complete query generation control. In order to showcase how powerful this combination is, I am presenting this topic during a SA...
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NOTE: Web Report Studio Performance in SAS TALKS

December 13, 2010
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NOTE: Web Report Studio Performance in SAS TALKS

This Thursday (16th December) sees SAS's Angela Hall talk about Web Report Studio Performance Improvements in the latest of the SAS TALKS series of webinars. It's free. Just visit the SAS TALKS home page to register. Angela is well-known through ...
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Browsers and the Web – Explained

December 13, 2010
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Browsers and the Web – Explained

I came across a nice, informative and educational web site last week. Google's Chrome team have produced 20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web. Needless to say, it two of its early topics are cloud computing and web apps. Nonetheless, it is ve...
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How to Find and Fix Programming Errors

December 13, 2010
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There are three kinds of programming errors: parse-time errors, run-time errors, and logical errors. It doesn't matter what language you are using (SAS/IML, MATLAB, R, C/C++, Java,....), these errors creep up everywhere. Two of these errors cause ...
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