Author Archives: Reflections

R – first steps

I talked a little while ago about downloading R. Time to update you on progress since I ran through some of the sample code in the Introduction to R. Well, I couldn’t quite believe how simple the syntax is, it feels quite strange using < – all over the place, and not a proc in [...]

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SAS user groups

How many SAS® users do we have? Looking at the number of licenses we have tells only part of the story, the tip of the iceberg. I work for a company that is a national subsidiary of a continental division of a global parent company. After a fair amount of merger and acquisition activity recently, [...]

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Wolfram|Alpha goes viral

I passed the note about Wolfram | Alpha to a friend who is a very highly respected academic linguist with a mathematical background, and he passed this on a friend who is very much into AI stuff. I showed him this website and he was shocked, because he says that given this guy’s record (unbearable [...]

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SAS and R

Ajay Ohri posted part 2 of his interview with Anne Milley. It was interesting to read about SAS’s use of open source software: Open source software provides many options and benefits. We see many (SAS included) embracing open source for different things…we plan to do more with open source in the future. Technorati Tags: r, [...]

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Wolfram|Alpha

I’m not sure if I’m on the same planet as Stephen Wolfram, founder of Wolfram Research – the people behind Mathematica – but I’d like to be. In his recent blog post Stephen Wolfram tries to answer some of these questions: What is Wolfram|Alpha, then? It’s going to be a website: www.wolframalpha.com. With one simple [...]

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Anne Milley on DecisionStats

Great to see part one of Ajay Ohri’s interview with Anne Milley on decisionstats.com today. Yet with our annual subscription licensing model, SAS cannot rest on its laurels. Each year, customers vote with their checkbooks: if SAS provided them with business benefits, results and a positive ROI, they renew; if not, they can walk away. [...]

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A well trodden path?

With R, I thought I had stumbled on something quite niche, just in its gestative stages. And then I read that R is the most popular statistical package at Google. Clearly not so bijou, after all. Technorati Tags: analytics, r, SAS

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R for Reflections

(… or R for a quarter, but I’m not sure that my grasp of US English idiom is good enough to tell if that works.) After posting about charting a route through a rolling biblioscape yesterday, my mind turned to the route I’m treading at work. Is SAS® the high-point? I hope so, but the [...]

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Powerpoint, presentations and design

There has always been something difficult about PowerPoint. Blank slides just seem so desparately blank; surely cheery, colourful, dramatic slides would be perfect to hang words on: a source of inspiration should one dry up mid-spiel. Well, whilst they may help, I think Edward Tufte has identified some of the key issues in his paper [...]

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Back on track?

After a horrible month (if it can it will) normality is returning. I’ve not yet planted my potatoes, but once they’re in the ground we can start to wonder if spring is in the air. Hotfixes for both clients and server are now in, and the number of reported errors in the server’s event viewer [...]

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