A closer look at the U.S. income inequality graphs

April 27, 2015
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I've seen a lot of recent news articles purporting income inequality in the U.S. ("the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer") ... and I wondered if the graphs were a true/unbiased representation of the data. For example, I recently saw a couple of graphs in an article on the

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Create a cascade chart in SAS

April 27, 2015
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Create a cascade chart in SAS

Sometimes different communities use the same name for different objects. To a soldier, "boots" are rugged, heavy, high-top foot coverings. To a soccer (football) player, "boots" are lightweight cleats. So it is with the term "waterfall plot." To researchers in the medical field, a "waterfall plot" is a sorted bar

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Jedi SAS Tricks: Warp Speed DATA Steps with DS2

April 25, 2015
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I remember the first time I was faced with the challenge of parallelizing a DATA step process. It was 2001 and SAS V8.1 was shiny and new. We were processing very large data sets, and the computations performed on each record were quite complex. The processing was crawling along on

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Technical experts on hand at SAS Global Forum

April 24, 2015
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The SAS Training and Certification groups are excited to participate in SAS Global Forum 2015! We’ll have a booth in the Quad where you can stop by to ask questions, talk to your favorite instructor and register to win an iPad! We offer courses on almost every SAS product so to

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More reasons to stop smoking!

April 22, 2015
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Smoking is an addictive habit that can kill you - if you don't believe me, check out the infographic in this blog post. Recently a friend of mine was on the episode of the Dr. Phil show that focused on "quitting smoking." Here's a picture of Traci with Dr. Phil

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Appearing for 3 days at the Quad…

April 22, 2015
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SAS Global Forum 2015 is just a few days away. Many of you are making plans and deciding what presentations to attend, how to connect with old friends or meet new ones, and just how to pack your cowboy hat and boots. This will be the first SAS Global Forum

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Data Visualization is on Tap at #SASGF15

April 22, 2015
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This post first appeared on The 10 Minute SAS Coach site.  Thanks Guy Garrett for contributing to BI-Notes. The SAS Global Forum is an event where SAS professionals from around the world meet once a year to see the latest R&D from SAS Institute, discuss current trends in Business Intelligence, Analytics and Big Data, and hear...
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Sum a series in SAS

April 22, 2015
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Sum a series in SAS

A customer asked: Dear Rick, How do we go about summing a finite series in SAS? For example, I want to compute for various integers n ≥ 3. I want to output two columns, one for the natural numbers and one for the summation of the series. Summations arise often

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5 questions with analytics expert Bart Baesens

April 20, 2015
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If anyone knows how to finesse insight out of data, it’s Bart Baesens, professor at KU Leuven (Belgium), and a lecturer at the University of Southampton (United Kingdom). Not only has he written a book about it, Analytics in a Big Data World: The Essential Guide to Data Science and

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