Halley’s method for finding roots

August 24, 2016
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Halley’s method for finding roots

Edmond Halley (1656-1742) is best known for computing the orbit and predicting the return of the short-period comet that bears his name. However, like many scientists of his era, he was involved in a variety of mathematical and scientific activities. One of his mathematical contributions is a numerical method for

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Now is the time to get SAS certified

August 23, 2016
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Yes, I read the baby books.  I visited the websites.  I swaddled a football.  I was prepared. When my daughter came into the world last year there was a small comfort that I had done about all I could do to prepare for her arrival.  I say a small comfort

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5 new books to go back to school with SAS

August 22, 2016
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Whether you’re a high school student, a college student, a working professional looking to step up their SAS® game, or a lifelong learner who wants to explore analytics, statistics, and learn new skills, SAS Press has something for everyone this back-to-school season. A Recipe for Success Using SAS(R) University Edition:

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Create an animation with the BY statement in PROC SGPLOT

August 22, 2016
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Create an animation with the BY statement in PROC SGPLOT

It is easy to use PROC SGPLOT and BY-group processing to create an animated graph in SAS 9.4. Sanjay Matange previously discussed how to create an animated plot in SAS 9.4, but he used a macro loop to call PROC SGPLOT many times. It is often easier to use the

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Free POC, on the latest SAS technology, in your own office

August 19, 2016
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Ever wanted to test out the latest SAS® technology on your own data, but lacked the time or administrative backing of IT to make that happen?  Ever wanted to test drive Hadoop with your own data and SAS® but are lacking the support or skills to do that?  If I piqued

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If we didn’t start the fire, then who did?

August 18, 2016
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If you're into 1980s pop music, then I bet you love Billy Joel's song We Didn't Start the Fire. But do you know every word, and the significance of every reference? Let's use SAS software to create an interactive visualization that will help you fully understand this song! I first saw

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The perfect classroom companion for teaching SAS

August 17, 2016
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It’s back to school time again. If you’re working to get your lesson plans in place, we have something that might help you and your students - Exercises and Projects for The Little SAS Book. This book is perfect for instructors and students in a classroom setting, especially when used

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What were your #FirstSevenLanguages?

August 17, 2016
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My computer geek colleagues are boasting about their humble beginnings by sharing lists of their first seven programming languages. You can find these under the hashtag #FirstSevenLanguages. COBOLPL/1SASIFPSAPL370 AssemblerCSQLLisp#FirstSevenLanguages — Paul Kent (@hornpolish) August 16, 2016 From what I've seen of these lists, the programming languages that appear are very

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The smooth bootstrap method in SAS

August 17, 2016
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The smooth bootstrap method in SAS

Last week I showed how to use the simple bootstrap to randomly resample from the data to create B bootstrap samples, each containing N observations. The simple bootstrap is equivalent to sampling from the empirical cumulative distribution function (ECDF) of the data. An alternative bootstrap technique is called the smooth

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