Category Archives: SAS

Anne Milley on DecisionStats

Great to see part one of Ajay Ohri’s interview with Anne Milley on 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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If it can, it will

The cellar flooded as the snow melted, and our submersible pump chose this moment to retire; my year-old toddling son has killed our printer; he, his brother and my wife are suffering from a flu-like vomiting bug; the car’s alternator wiring has short circuited, and finally our SAS server was strangled by an Active Directory [...]

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SAS and the future

What is the future for SAS®? I read on about possible mergers or acquisitions of SAS by SAP in a few years time after they (SAP) have bought Teradata… Technorati Tags: future, r, SAS, sas-l, sasinct

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Server hotfixed

Well, we applied the hotfix to the SAS® server last night – after a horrendous morning when corruption in our Active Directory left us unable to log on. The hotfixing and testing took about an hour, we were done by 7pm, and it appears that it worked – 11 sessions running happily and people trickling [...]

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How to hotfix a server? It has been quite an effort getting IS to support our server hotfix. See It just crashed… for details. Part of the problem is that IS don’t support the server in any meaningful way at the moment. This is likely to change in the future: watch ths space! When I [...]

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Getting data into memory

Buffers seem to be the first step, specifically the bufsize and bufno system options. These tell SAS® how much data is read into memory: bufsize sets the size of a page in the file cache and bufno sets the number of pages to be read in one go. Technorati Tags: buffers, bufno, bufsize, data, memory, [...]

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