How to automatically select a smooth curve for a scatter plot in SAS

February 26, 2014
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How to automatically select a smooth curve for a scatter plot in SAS

My last blog post described three ways to add a smoothing spline to a scatter plot in SAS. I ended the post with a cautionary note: From a statistical point of view, the smoothing spline is less than ideal because the smoothing parameter must be chosen manually by the user.
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Job Trends in the Analytics Market: New, Improved, now Fortified with C, Java, MATLAB, Python, Julia and Many More!

February 25, 2014
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Job Trends in the Analytics Market: New, Improved, now Fortified with C, Java, MATLAB, Python, Julia and Many More!

I’m expanding the coverage of my article, The Popularity of Data Analysis Software. This is the first installment, which includes a new opening and a greatly expanded analysis of the analytics job market. Here it is, from the abstract onward … Continue reading
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Way to go Team USA, 28 Olympic medals!

February 24, 2014
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I must admit, I’m glad the 2014 Winter Olympics are over. I’ve spent too many night-time hours glued to the TV. I can now get on with my life. But first, let’s have a little SAS fun with the medal standings. How do you prefer your summary of medal standings

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Building a SAS Stored Process Log

February 24, 2014
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Building a SAS Stored Process Log

Stored Process Log

As a SAS stored process developer, a question sometimes pokes its way into my head: “Are people using the stored processes I write?”  In fact, really I have four questions: What stored processes are being used?  Who is using them? When are they being used? How are they...
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Three ways to add a smoothing spline to a scatter plot in SAS

February 24, 2014
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Three ways to add a smoothing spline to a scatter plot in SAS

Like many SAS programmers, I use the Statistical Graphics (SG) procedures to graph my data in SAS. To me, the SGPLOT and SGRENDER procedures are powerful, easy to use, and produce fabulous ODS graphics. I was therefore surprised when a SAS customer told me that he continues to use the
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Fencing in your SAS users with LOCKDOWN

February 21, 2014
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Fencing in your SAS users with LOCKDOWN

SAS administrators now have another tool to keep SAS users from straying off their permitted path: the LOCKDOWN system option. The option was introduced in "stealth mode" for SAS 9.4. In SAS 9.4M1, it became a true, documented option. For the official guide to creating "locked-down servers", see the SAS
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Let’s shed some light on the black box containing Neural Net model weights

February 20, 2014
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One of the primary predictive modeling tools capable of fitting very complex nonlinear functions is Neural Networks (NN) in SAS advanced analytics software SAS Enterprise Miner (EM). The default option in NN EM node uses a Multilayer Perceptron model w...
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SAS Certified Professionals: Get your resume noticed with these tips

February 19, 2014
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A student preparing for the Base Certification exam recently sent us a question, but it wasn’t about the exam. It was about how to position her certification credential on her resume to highlight she’s SAS Certified. This is a great question since employers continuously tell us a SAS Certification is

Techniques for scoring a regression model in SAS

February 19, 2014
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Techniques for scoring a regression model in SAS

My previous post described how to use the "missing response trick" to score a regression model. As I said in that article, there are other ways to score a regression model. This article describes using the SCORE procedure, a SCORE statement, the relatively new PLM procedure, and the CODE statement.
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