Lo, how a polar rose e’er blooming

December 16, 2015
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Lo, how a polar rose e’er blooming

Lo how a rose e'er blooming From tender stem hath sprung As I write this blog post, a radio station is playing Chrismas music. One of my favorite Christmas songs is the old German hymn that many of us know as "Lo, How a Rose E're Blooming." I was humming

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New SAS University Edition titles from SAS Press

December 14, 2015
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With the huge success of SAS® University Edition, we were very excited at the opening market for SAS titles and opportunities for new books. This year, we published three titles to help get you up and running with programming in SAS University Edition, explore the power of running statistical analysis

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Running interactive procedures in SAS Studio and SAS University Edition

December 14, 2015
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Running interactive procedures in SAS Studio and SAS University Edition

The most recent development environment for SAS programmers is SAS Studio, which is a browser-based application. The free SAS University Edition, which includes SAS/IML software, also uses SAS Studio as a development environment. SAS Studio has a special mode for programmers who use interactive procedures such as PROC IML. (Recall

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Get dedicated to your learning with these top-selling SAS Press books of 2015

December 11, 2015
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Continuing your education can be daunting. Just thinking about all of that time that could be spent relaxing and you have to carve out two hours to study…really! Trust me when I say, I feel your pain. BUT, you will reap the rewards ten-fold, I promise. Check out these top

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How do your favorite SNL cast members stack up?

December 9, 2015
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Saturday Night Live has been on television for about as long as most of us have been old enough to stay up and watch it (since 1975). Therefore, when I saw that Rolling Stone had ranked all the cast members throughout the show's history, I knew this was going to

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Overlay categories on a histogram

December 9, 2015
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Overlay categories on a histogram

Recently Sanjay Matange blogged about how to color the bars of a histogram according to a gradient color ramp. Using the fact that bar charts and histograms look similar, he showed how to use PROC SGPLOT in SAS to plot a bar chart in which each bar is colored according

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Top 3 stocking stuffers for coders

December 7, 2015
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Last Christmas I decided to knit a scarf while at a concert in the Bahamas.  A little boy and his sister sitting in front of me watched me very intently. Their eyes grew bigger and bigger as the scarf grew longer and longer. Finally the little boy couldn’t take it

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Why doesn’t PROC UNIVARIATE support certain common distributions?

December 7, 2015
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Why doesn’t PROC UNIVARIATE support certain common distributions?

A SAS customer asked: Why isn't the chi-square distribution supported in PROC UNIVARIATE? That is an excellent question. I remember asking a similar question when I first started learning SAS. In addition to the chi-square distribution, I wondered why the UNIVARIATE procedure does not support the F distribution. These are

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Beyond the Credential – Testing: Are You Naughty or Nice?

December 4, 2015
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We have all been there. You are face to face with a test question. You stare at the page or screen, your mind is racing, your eyes scanning the question and then the answer options and then the question again. Your brain is straining to recall the information. Time is ticking. Frustrated at

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