22
Sep

If You Don’t Know Where You Are Going, Any Road Will Take You There!

This guest post was written by Dr. Jay Liebowitz, DiSanto Visiting Chair in Applied Business and Finance at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. He is also the author of several books including, “Big Data and Business Analytics,” Business Analytics: An Introduction,” and “Bursting the Big Data Bubble.” Next month, […]
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22
Sep

What's that acronym?!? Fun with SAS users groups

We live in a world of acronyms, or rather TLAs, and SAS user group names are renowned for them. Last week I received a comment about one of the Australian user group names, and it got me thinking how did these names come about? What is their history? and to share […] Read More
22
Sep

Skew this

The skewness of a distribution indicates whether a distribution is symmetric or not. A distribution that is symmetric about its mean has zero skewness. In contrast, if the right tail of a unimodal distribution has more mass than the left tail, then the distribution is said to be "right skewed" […] Read More
22
Sep

Splines

Many users of SGPLOT and GTL know how to mix and match various plot statements to create graphs, sometimes in ways not originally intended.  You are also aware that you can go a step beyond, and use these systems to create completely non-standard graphs such as the Spiral Plot, the Polar […]
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21
Sep

Using ODS EXCEL and PROC EXPORT to bundle Excel-based reports

I recently wrote about my foray into the experimental world of ODS EXCEL. Using this new destination in SAS 9.4, I was able to create multisheet workbooks -- containing reports and graphs -- in the XLSX format. I outlined some of the benefits -- such as being part of Base […] Read More
20
Sep

FINALLY we look like we know what we’re doing

Yes, I do realize that I’m probably far more excited about our new website coming on line than is normal. Several points here on a Friday night: I completely disagree with those entrepreneurs who say, “You sell the sizzle not the steak” when what they mean is that they really don’t have a good product […] Read More
19
Sep

Econometric modeling: your questions answered

Several weeks ago, I led a SAS Talks webinar on SAS/ETS emphasizing the many recent changes to the software. SAS/ETS, for those unfamiliar with the product, is SAS’s suite of econometrics, time series and forecasting tools and algorithms. While we covered a substantial amount of material in the talk, there […] Read More
19
Sep

The frequency of letters in an English corpus

It's time for another blog post about ciphers. As I indicated in my previous blog post about substitution ciphers, the classical substitution cipher is no longer used to encrypt ultra-secret messages because the enciphered text is prone to a type of statistical attack known as frequency analysis. At the root […] Read More
19
Sep

Virtual Machine vs SAS On-demand for Academics

I’ve been pretty pleased with SAS Studio (the product formerly known as SAS Web Editor), so when Jodi sent me an email with information about using a virtual machine for the multivariate statistics course, I was a bit skeptical. Every time I’ve had to use a remote desktop connection virtual machine for SAS it has […] Read More
18
Sep

BioNews [9.18.14]

Top News Headline Company Type Flexion tanks as FDA clamps a hold on its lead osteoarthritis drug Flexion Therapeutics Clinical Hold Struggling Merck KGaA plans blockbuster R&D campaign for biosimilars, pact for PD-L1 Merck KGaA Biosimiliars R&D Biotech IPOs: ProQR soars and Foamix thuds amid a volatile market ProQR & Foamix Biotech IPOs Acclarent, Inc. […] Read More
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