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Turkzilla Strikes

December 11, 2014
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Turkzilla Strikes

When good graphs go bad…. In case you need a justification for all the turkey you ate on Thanksgiving, this article from Economist magazine explains all while providing a great example of the use and abuse of statistics, in particular why extrapolation is risky business. And to those who may have consumed more turkey...
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New Service Matches SAS Analysts and Employers

November 3, 2014
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New Service Matches SAS Analysts and Employers

Analyst Finder is a new service created by well-known SAS programmer Art Tabachneck to help connect analytical professionals with potential employers.  I asked Art a few questions: Why did you create Analyst Finder? The analytical community has helped me throughout my career; and, over the years, I have done my best to return the...
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SAS Certification As a Tool for Professional Development

September 1, 2014
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SAS Certification As a Tool for Professional Development

If you had told me a year ago that I would write a paper about SAS certification for the Western Users of SAS Software 2014 Educational Forum and Conference, I would have been very surprised!  I became a SAS Certified Professional long ago, and that certification expired–long ago!  However, in the past six months,...
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Using PROC SGPLOT for Quick High-Quality Graphs

September 1, 2014
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Using PROC SGPLOT for Quick High-Quality Graphs

Soon I will travel to San Jose for the Western Users of SAS Software 2014 Educational Forum and Conference.  I’m looking forward to doing a hands-on workshop on one of my favorite topics, ODS Graphics, specifically the PROCs SGPLOT and SGPANEL.  Here is the abstract: New with SAS 9.2, ODS Graphics introduced a whole...
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How I Got Started with Computers

July 29, 2014
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This is not your typical tech story. I trace my life as a programmer back to ninth grade, not to a computer class or even a math class, but to English.  In ninth grade, I was fortunate to have English with Miss Burke who, along with the standard Shakespeare and expository writing, slipped in...
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SAS Global Forum 2015 Here I Come!

March 12, 2014
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I first attended SAS Global Forum (then called SAS Users Group International) way back in 1987.  Since then I have attended as often as possible.  Unfortunately, 2014 is not one of my years.  I will not be there in Washington DC March 23-26, 2014 to hear the great presentations, or learn about exciting new...
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NOWINDOWS Goes Out the Window

February 19, 2014
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I just discovered by accident a new “feature” in SAS 9.4, one that apparently wasn’t glamorous enough to be mentioned back at SAS Global Forum last spring. Starting with SAS 9.4, by default, PROC REPORT runs in noninteractive mode. In other words, you no longer have to specify the NOWINDOW option in order to...
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2013 in review

December 31, 2013
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I am certainly not one to decline when someone offers to write a blog entry for me. Here, courtesy of the stats monkeys at WordPress is the annual report for the AvocetSolutions.com blog: And here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,600 times in...
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