Simulating a drunkard’s walk in SAS

July 8, 2015
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Simulating a drunkard’s walk in SAS

You've probably heard of a random walk, but have you heard about the drunkard's walk? I've previously written about how to simulate a one-dimensional random walk in SAS. In the random walk, you imagine a person who takes a series of steps where the step size and direction is a

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Where are different languages spoken?

July 7, 2015
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As you travel around the world, do you know where English, French, Spanish, and Arabic are spoken? This blog will help you quickly answer that question, with some cool SAS maps! But first, here's a picture of my friend Joy posing beside an interesting sign during one of her international

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Hadoop is the New Black

July 7, 2015
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Hadoop is the New Black

It feels like any SAS-related project in 2015 not using Hadoop is simply not ambitious enough. The key question seems to be "how big should our Hadoop cluster be" rather than "do we need a Hadoop cluster".

Of course, I'm exaggerating, not every project needs to use Hadoop, but there...
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The use of SAS/IML software in published research

July 6, 2015
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The use of SAS/IML software in published research

SAS/IML software is used by many SAS programmers, primarily for creating custom algorithms and macros that implement statistical analyses that are not built into any SAS procedure. I know that PROC IML is used regularly by pharmaceutical companies, by the financial and insurance industries, and by researchers in medical colleges

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Summer of Coding

July 2, 2015
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Summer of Coding

I'm always keen to encourage an awareness and uptake of coding in my kids. I think that coding brings a lot more than the simple ability to write programs. Coding requires a set of disciplines and an approach that are of great benefit in all walks of life.

As the...
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Finding July 4th fireworks shows with SAS software!

July 1, 2015
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A friend who recently moved to North Carolina from the west coast asked, "What's there to do around here for the July 4th holiday?" So I created a fireworks map, showing the locations of many of the celebrations around the state! Here's a snapshot of my map - click on it to

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Merge observed outcomes into a list of all outcomes

July 1, 2015
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Merge observed outcomes into a list of all outcomes

When you count the outcomes of an experiment, you do not always observe all of the possible outcomes. For example, if you roll a six-sided die 10 times, it might be that the "1" face does not appear in those 10 rolls. Obviously, this situation occurs more frequently with small

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Top 3 reasons to attend Analytics 2015 in Las Vegas

June 30, 2015
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I’m not a big gambler, but there is something I would put my money on – analytics. Analytics is helping companies turn information into value. And yes, I mean money. If you want to learn about the latest analytics trends and get in on some of that “value” – attend

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Hit Your IT Knowledge Targets!

June 30, 2015
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What I love most about the SAS community is the willingness to share information. I asked Tom Karl – how do you stay current with the complete deluge of new tools (Hadoop, Spark) and methods that are streaming toward you all the time.  He offered some advice and then I strong-armed (playground technique!) him into...
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