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Using LIBNAME XLSX to read and write Excel files

May 20, 2015
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Using LIBNAME XLSX to read and write Excel files

When you weren't watching, SAS did it again. We smuggled Yet Another Excel Engine into a SAS release. SAS 9.2 Maintenance 2 added the XLSX engine, which allows you to read and write Microsoft Excel files as if they were data sets in a library. The big advantage of using

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Direct me to the nuclear Bessels!

May 20, 2015
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Direct me to the nuclear Bessels!

When I was an undergraduate physic major, my favorite professor would start each class with a joke or pun. One day he began class with a paraphrase of a famous quote from the movie Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home (the one with the whales). "Today," my professor said, imitating

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Happy 35th anniversary, Mount St. Helens

May 19, 2015
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Mount St. Helens volcano here in the US had a big eruption 35 years ago this week! Do you know exactly where it is located? Perhaps this SAS map can help... As you might have guessed, I'm a big fan of the awesome power of nature (hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning, earthquakes, and

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Dataset too big for PROC PRINT?

May 18, 2015
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Dataset too big for PROC PRINT? One weird trick solves your problem! proc print data=bigdata (obs=10); run; The OBS= dataset option specifies the last observation to process from an input dataset. In the above example, regardless of dataset size, only the first 10 observations are printed; an easy way to

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Improving the NC vehicle inspection pie chart

May 18, 2015
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Improving the NC vehicle inspection pie chart

North Carolina is a state that requires yearly inspections of motor vehicles. An inspection checks for safety features (lights, brakes, tires,....) as well as checking vehicle emissions to ensure that vehicles meet air pollution standards. I recently had a car inspected and noticed a pie chart on the inspection's summary

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A little fun with UFO sightings data

May 15, 2015
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As a kid, I was always intrigued with UFO sightings and I guess I'm still a little that way ... therefore how could I not jump at the opportunity to explore some UFO sightings data! I guess "UFO" doesn't necessarily imply that something is an alien space ship - just

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Filter your SAS Enterprise Guide data with a WHERE clause

May 14, 2015
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Filter your SAS Enterprise Guide data with a WHERE clause

Are you a VIEWTABLE fan from the SAS Windowing Environment (a.k.a. Display Manager, DMS, PC SAS)? If so, the latest version of SAS Enterprise Guide has a new feature that you'll love. With the latest update to SAS Enterprise Guide 7.1 (7.11), you can now subset your data in the

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No major hurricanes have hit the US coast recently. Lucky us!

May 14, 2015
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No major hurricanes have hit the US coast recently. Lucky us!

Perhaps you saw the headlines earlier this week about the fact that it has been nine years since the last major hurricane (category 3, 4, or 5) hit the US coast. According to a post on the GeoSpace blog, which is published by the American Geophysical Union (AGU), researchers ran

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