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Alberta SAS User Groups

Tuesday, March 3 | Calgary
Wednesday, March 4 | Edmonton

  Cost: Complimentary

Calgary SAS User Group
Tuesday, March 3rd | 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Le Germain, Athabasca Room
899 Centre St SW

Edmonton SAS User Group
Wednesday March 4th | 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lister Conference Centre (Aurora Room)
87th Ave & 116th St., University of Alberta

SAS User Groups provide an excellent opportunity to meet other SAS users, share knowledge and experience, and learn more about SAS solutions from colleagues, peers and SAS professionals. Whether you're a seasoned SAS software user with experiences to share or a newcomer who'd like to interact with other users, a user group is an excellent way to help you get the most value from your SAS technology. User groups offer a unique opportunity to:

  • Get an immediate return on your time investment. You can apply the techniques and skills you've learned as soon as you return to work.
  • Learn what's worked from other users and SAS professionals dealing with similar challenges.
  • Get to know other SAS users and tap into local SAS resources.

We look forward to seeing you!

Edmonton Agenda

  
8:30 am - 9:00 amRegistration and Light Breakfast
9:00 am - 9:05 amWelcome and Opening Remarks
Doug Dover, University of Alberta
9:05 am - 9:20 amSAS Update
Alice Yuan, SAS Canada
9:20 am - 9:30 amCall For Tips & Tricks
9:30 am - 10:15 am

Improve Your Data Storytelling With SAS Visual Analytics on Viya
Ted Stolarczyk, SAS Philadelphia

If you want to fully take advantage of SAS Visual Analytics on Viya – and provide a compelling visual data story for your audience – embrace what data science can do.

This session will promote using SAS Visual Analytics more analytically. It is ideally intended for those who have at least some understanding of the report building capabilities of the interface already.

Attend this session to learn:

  • How to apply analytical (~data science) capabilities to visual data storytelling.
  • Approaches you can take to provide your audience with the insights they need.
  • The importance of balancing a creative approach with concrete facts.
  • Ways to build and name report sections in a design framework.
  • Specific features in SAS Visual Analytics to help you enhance your data storytelling.

This session is based on the following public blog by the same author:
https://communities.sas.com/t5/SAS-Communities-Library/Dashboarding-in-SAS-Visual-Analytics-with-data-science-in-mind/ta-p/557234

It is also based on the following public webinar recording by the same presenter:
https://www.sas.com/en_us/webinars/ate-dashboarding-in-va.html

10:15 am - 10:35 amNetworking Break
10:35 am - 11:20 am

Data Can Be Beautiful: Design at SAS
Cheryl Coyle & Sierra Shell, SAS Cary

Do you know how to showcase your data in a visually and intellectually compelling manner? Can you create a report that effectively communicates your data story? We have condensed the vast expertise of SAS designers into a list of best practices to help you build reports that are both impactful and beautiful. We will share simple techniques so your reports look clean and well-designed, communicate your message clearly, and focus your audience on the more important aspects of your data.

When SAS introduced graphical user interfaces over two decades ago, we quickly learned that the gifted engineers who built our powerful analytics tools should not be the ones to determine the visual design or workflow of our products. For the first 25 years of SAS’s existence, we had only a handful of human-computer interaction specialists offering guidance to the product developers. We now have a team of approximately 50 designers, with expertise in areas from cognitive psychology and industrial design to graphic design and data visualization. During our presentation, we will share images of SAS products before and after the increased attention to design.

The SAS Design team does more than make our products visually appealing. Our process includes understanding user needs, conducting usability testing, and visiting customers. Our methods enable us to design products that are more intuitive, more efficient, and much easier to use. Our presentation will include examples of our methodology and case studies of improved usability. And finally, we will end the presentation with a brief update on the newest functionality coming to Visual Analytics.

11:20 am - 11:50 am

Advanced Data Science and Predictive Analytics Using JMP
Alan Rezazadeh, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Advanced analytics and data science are a complex combination of statistical tools and processes to analyze data and building machine learning and predictive models. This presentation explores the data science algorithms using JMP for outlier detection, data exploration, visualization, multivariate analysis, clustering and predictive modeling. This presentation includes live demo of JMP following each step of data analysis and utilizing statistical indicators such as R2 and p-value to evaluate success of each step and deciding if the results are statistically meaningful.

During this presentation advanced data science concepts such as dimension reduction using principal component analysis (PCA) and input factor clustering techniques will be discussed. The presentation also explores unsupervised machine learning for discovering the most effective operating parameters and building supervised machine learning models (i.e. neural network) for predicting and profiling production parameters within the live demo.

11:50 am - 12:00 pmClosing Remarks and Prize Draw              

 

Calgary Agenda

  
8:30 am - 9:00 amRegistration and Light Breakfast
9:00 am - 9:05 amWelcome and Opening Remarks
Malcolm Macrae
9:05 am - 9:20 amSAS Update
Alice Yuan, SAS Canada
9:20 am - 10:05 am

Data Can Be Beautiful: Design at SAS
Cheryl Coyle & Sierra Shell, SAS Cary

Do you know how to showcase your data in a visually and intellectually compelling manner? Can you create a report that effectively communicates your data story? We have condensed the vast expertise of SAS designers into a list of best practices to help you build reports that are both impactful and beautiful. We will share simple techniques so your reports look clean and well-designed, communicate your message clearly, and focus your audience on the more important aspects of your data.

When SAS introduced graphical user interfaces over two decades ago, we quickly learned that the gifted engineers who built our powerful analytics tools should not be the ones to determine the visual design or workflow of our products. For the first 25 years of SAS’s existence, we had only a handful of human-computer interaction specialists offering guidance to the product developers. We now have a team of approximately 50 designers, with expertise in areas from cognitive psychology and industrial design to graphic design and data visualization. During our presentation, we will share images of SAS products before and after the increased attention to design.

The SAS Design team does more than make our products visually appealing. Our process includes understanding user needs, conducting usability testing, and visiting customers. Our methods enable us to design products that are more intuitive, more efficient, and much easier to use. Our presentation will include examples of our methodology and case studies of improved usability. And finally, we will end the presentation with a brief update on the newest functionality coming to Visual Analytics.

10:05 am - 10:25 amDiscussion: SAS Usability
Cheryl Coyle & Sierra Shell, SAS Cary
10:25 am - 10:45 amNetworking Break
10:45 am - 11:15 am

Analysis of Kerrobert Toe-to-Heel Air Injection Operation for Heavy Oil Production Using JMP
Alan Rezazadeh, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

THAI (Toe Heel Air Injection) is an oil recovery method using a vertical air injection well in combination with a horizontal production well, using a combustion front, burning parts of existing heavy oil in reservoir. The process is based on increasing the reservoir temperature, hence reducing the viscosity of the oil in order to flow into the horizontal production well.

The intention of this presentation is to use JMP for analysis of a THAI operation dataset in Kerrobert, Saskatchewan as study area. During the presentation the author will discuss multi-dimensional production visualizations, bivariate/collinearity analysis, and clustering of production parameters as data exploration process. Dimension reduction of thermocouples using input factor clustering and Principle Component Analysis (PCA) will be discussed in the presentation. Building predictive models using Neural Networks for predicting production volumes and discovering the most contributing factors will be also discussed.

11:15 am - 11:55 am

SAS OR - Optimizing Decision Making
Edgar Cabral, Canadian Western Bank

An overview of optimization projects conducted in Brazil using SAS and SAS OR, with a brief tutorial on typical optimization problems and how to prototype them in SAS OR. The intention is to give awareness of optimization in SAS and open the discussion on when such models can be helpful.

11:55 am - 12:05 pmClosing Remarks and Prize Draw              
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Edmonton SAS User Group
Lister Conference Centre | Aurora Room
87th Ave. & 116th St., University of Alberta

Calgary SAS User Group
Le Germain Hotel | Athabasca Room
899 Centre Street Sw.
Calgary, AB T2G 1B8

Questions?
Alice.Yuan@sas.com

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