Hold your breath as We Dive into Visualizing Shark Attacks in The Bahamas

by Jaime D'Agord  |  Posted on 07/13/2017

Sharks are an intriguing species because they aren't animals we encounter every day. Using SAS Visual Analytics 8.1, shark attacks in The Bahamas were graphed to determine which activities and which islands experienced greater number of shark attacks.

Don’t Fear the Fin - Unless You’re Taking a Selfie

by Chris St. Jeor  |  Posted on 07/13/2017

Shark Week! The best week of the entire year. Why do we love it so? Is it the extensive description of blue sharks’ social patterns? The scientific explanation of the effect of water salinity on the health of tiger sharks? The lengthy summary of the whale sharks’ migration? Of course not. We are drawn to Shark Week year after year for one reason only: our morbid fascination with shark attacks.

Can Phelps (or Ledecky) Actually Outswim a Shark?

by Sean Ankenbruck  |  Posted on 07/13/2017

Is it possible for a human to outswim a shark? We were curious, so we put together a quick analysis on the top swimming speeds of various shark species and then compared them to the top speeds achieved by two world renowned Olympic athletes, Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky. The results are quite interesting. 

Seem like @MaryLeeShark took a Bite of Your System Performance?

by Nick Welke  |  Posted on 07/13/2017

If your SAS server performance has been lagging, it might seem as if @MaryLeeShark (a great white shark with a Twitter account) has taken a bite out of it. There can be several reasons for slow system performance ranging from outdated hardware to poor programming techniques. As you review your system, here's a few options to consider so your system is as speedy as can be.

Machine Learning Demystified

by Sean Ankenbruck  |  Posted on 07/10/2017

It seems like every day there is an exciting new article on the internet surrounding the mysterious topic of machine learning. With all the hype surrounding this concept you would think it is something rather new, right? Not exactly. Although this  concept has been known by various names over the years, the mathematics behind it have been in development for decades. So, what is it? At the most basic level, machine learning is the ability to train a computer or an algorithm to learn without being explicitly programmed to do so. This results in better predictions from your models.

Zencos Welcomes New Data Science Staff

by David Septoff  |  Posted on 07/07/2017

Zencos Consulting, a leader in delivering business intelligence (BI) consulting solutions and a SAS® Alliance Partner, announced today the creation of a new Data Science Solutions practice. Here's our newest Data Science team staff members ... 

Three Reasons Python and SAS Viya are the New Analytics Power Couple

by Grace Heyne  |  Posted on 06/29/2017

Fierce preferences for specific tools are prevalent in the analytics community. Equally prevalent is the idea that using the right tool for the job is the most efficient way to get results. Using Python SWAT to connect to SAS Viya allows users to seamlessly switch between preferred tools to efficiently acheive results.

What’s new with SAS Visual Analytics on Viya

by Ryan Kumpfmiller  |  Posted on 06/27/2017

SAS Visual Analytics 8.1 uses SAS Viya that was released by SAS in 2016 as a platform. While releasing the platform, they also updated SAS Visual Analytics with a brand new interface and features which has made creating visual reports and dashboards even easier! In this post, we will walk through some of the changes in the report building section.   

Visual Tour of the SAS DS2 Procedure

by M Nicholson  |  Posted on 06/27/2017

DS2 is a new object oriented programming language introduced in SAS 9.4 that functions within a procedure (PROC). It is included with Base SAS so you can use it in SAS programming environments like SAS Enterprise Guide and SAS Studio. DS2 is not necessarily meant to be a replacement for the Data Step, so don't think that you have to convert all your existing programs to DS2.

Can Grapevines Climb a Decision Tree? Find out Using SAS Visual Analytics 8.1

by Grace Heyne  |  Posted on 06/23/2017

Your boss has invited you over for dinner. Great! However, as soon as the glow of the invitation wears off, the realization will come that your next task is to select the perfect bottle of wine that will impress without breaking the bank. We analyzed data from Wine.com to help take the guesswork our of this high pressure decision. 

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