SAS VA Tricks We Learned from Reading Hundreds of SAS® Community Posts

by Tricia Aanderud  |  Posted on 02/21/2017

In preparation for our Introduction to SAS Visual Analytics book, we read almost 1,000 posts in the SAS Communities: SAS Visual Analytics section. Our goal for the SAS Visual Analytics book was to make it as useful and practical as possible. We needed data that could assist us with this task. While it was a little brutal reading so many posts in day, we could confirm some of the sticking points that users have and pick up some tips as well. 

For our SAS Global Forum paper, we wanted to include some of the tips from the book and some that didn't make the book but are worth sharing! 

Using Magical Linux Commands for SAS Visual Analytics

by Tricia Aanderud  |  Posted on 02/21/2017

At SAS Global Forum 2017, Zencos is presenting a paper about SAS platform administration for SAS Visual Analytics using Linux. It's targeted to those who are new to the Linux, which is often the chosen platform for SAS Visual Analytics.Recently I asked the LinkedIn SAS admin community for some determining popular uses of the find and grep commands. These commands are used most often to search the system for files or search file content - or both!

2016 Election - What Happened to the Polls?

by Ryan Kumpfmiller  |  Posted on 11/29/2016

On November 8th, 2016 the people of the United States elected their 45th president in very dramatic fashion. With two polarizing candidates, Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton 290-232 in electoral votes (Michigan still undecided). Adding to the drama was the fact that for months, days, and even hours up to election night, Clinton was thought to be the clear front runner and end up with the Presidency. This shocked many since nearly every poll had her as a heavy favorite. In this post we are going to look more into data sampling and whether or not something could have been off with those polls.

Working with Correlations in SAS Visual Analytics

by Ryan Kumpfmiller  |  Posted on 11/29/2016

In SAS Visual Analytics, there is a data analysis feature that looks at two measures and calculates the correlation between the two. This is a way to determine possible relationships between measures. The feature can be found in multiple objects in the Explorer section of the application. Throughout this post you will see how SAS calculates and labels correlations, where you can find them in the objects, and how to interpret the possible relationships between the measures.

Zencos Data Visualization Team Presents at SESUG 2016

by Tricia Aanderud  |  Posted on 11/15/2016

Many SAS users attend SAS Global Forum but never consider the value that the regional conferences provide. The Zencos Data Viz team presented at the SESUG regional conference held in Bethesda, MD. Over the 2-day period, there were mutliple papers presented and we did not get to attend everything that we wanted. Here are the ones that we found the most interesting or had an unexpected takeaway.

Using Scripts to Automate SAS Administration Support

by Nick Welke  |  Posted on 11/14/2016

In our experience, second-tier tasks in SAS environments are often best performed through automation via scripts. Implementation requires an incisive understanding of both the underlying platform and its constraints, and the role that various processes and files play in a SAS environment. Nick Welke expands on how Zencos provides both through the ZenGuard™ service.

Importance of Color in Reporting

by Jaime Thompson  |  Posted on 11/11/2016

Selecting colors that go well together and when used correctly can effectively guide the user’s eyes to what is important in data visualizations. Selecting colors that go well together and when used correctly can effectively guide the user’s eyes to what is important in data visualizations. 

Creating Effective Layouts with SAS Visual Analytics

by Tricia Aanderud  |  Posted on 10/17/2016

Once you know what measurements the dashboard needs and the associated objects, you can determine your dashboard layout. Most dashboards are displayed on a web page. So it makes sense to use webpage design principals when creating your dashboard.

3 New Key Facts of SAS Viya

by Ivan Gomez  |  Posted on 10/11/2016

SAS unveiled a new analytics framework during the most recent SAS Global Forum called SAS Viya. Now that SAS Visual Data Mining and Machine Learning, the first of many native Viya products, has been released we review key new facts introduced by the SAS Viya ecosystem.

What I Learned from Reviewing 500+ Dashboards

by Tricia Aanderud  |  Posted on 10/03/2016

When a dashboard is attractive and effective, it’s perfection. While preparing for a recent presentation, Tricia searched for this perfection to illustrate her ideas. Performance dashboards are based on universal principals; everyone follows these same guidelines?  Right? Let's see what she learned about dashboards from looking at 500+ dashboards.

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