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Visualizing Weather Event Data Using A Nested Bar Chart

Featured visualization: SAS’ Mike Drutar created a nested bar chart using the SAS® Graph Builder in SAS® Viya® to see the distribution of total weather events throughout the year. You can see which quarter (or season) of the year specific storm events happen. More so, since the visual is a nested bar chart, you can see the number of events for each quarter as a proportion of the total events for the year. The report’s data source comes from a set of csv files on the SAS® Viya® Example Data Sets webpage.

Dear Reader, 
How “data literate” are you? Given that you’re a SAS practitioner, I’m sure your answer is “very.” Put that to the test by taking this data literacy quiz to see how good you are at finding meaning within data.  
SAS has teamed up with the News Literacy Project on this quiz as part of a larger Democracy depends on us nonpartisan nationwide campaign to combat election misinformation. With Election 2020 looming this fall in the U.S., data is being used to influence opinions. Being data literate has never been more important. Share it with your friends and family to be better informed when studying the latest topics from politics to COVID-19. 

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SAS® Tips and Tricks

Combining data in SAS: DATA step versus SQL

Combining data in SAS: DATA step versus SQL

You’ve likely pondered this before … which one should I use to combine data in SAS: DATA Step merge or SQL join? SAS’ Dominique Weatherspoon tells you right away that it depends. Then she explains pros and cons of each. Take a look.


4 ways to standardize data in SAS

4 ways to standardize data in SAS

Need to perform a variation of the “standard” standardization in statistical data analysis? For example, perform a different standardization for each level of a grouping variable or center and scale the data by using values that you specify? SAS’ Rick Wicklin tells you how PROC STDIZE can handle both of these cases.


Why Do I Have Missing Data and How Do I Fix it?

Free Oct. 20 webinar: Why do I have missing data and how do I fix it?

Join SAS expert Melodie Rush as she defines missing values, why and when they occur and how to manage them. She’ll discuss functions, procedures and how products like SAS® Enterprise Guide®, SAS® Enterprise Miner™, SAS® Studio and SAS® Viya® deal with missing values.


How Do I Move SAS® Applications to a Public Cloud?

Free Oct. 6 webinar: How do I move SAS applications to a public cloud?

Learn about important performance considerations for SAS 9 and SAS® Viya® when hosted in any available public cloud. Specifically, you’ll learn what instance type to use, which shared file system to use when deploying SAS Grid Manager, and if high availability and security are required.  


Q&A: Understanding the Spread of COVID-19 With Analytics and Data Science

Free webinar: COVID-19 contact tracing with Kirk Borne

Watch this conversation between renowned data scientist and AI thought leader Kirk Borne and SAS expert and former Homeland Security Biosurveillance Director Steve Bennett on the role of analytics and data science in contact tracing and population movement. The webinar will also share content and commentary from a recent demo, featuring Bennett and SAS CEO Jim Goodnight, focused on using analytics to track the spread of COVID-19. 



For Developers

Building custom apps on top of SAS® Viya®

Building custom apps on top of SAS® Viya®

When building custom apps, how should you authenticate to SAS® Viya®? It turns out you have choices based on your access needs. In her SAS Users blog series, Building custom apps on top of SAS® Viya®, SAS’ Tara St. Clair outlines various authentication methods, provides insight on which approach to choose, and how to implement your plan.


From SAS® Communities

The SAS 9 Content Assessment Tool

The SAS 9 content assessment tool

The SAS 9 content assessment tool is a collection of four applications to help you understand your current SAS 9 system: SAS 9 inventory, SAS 9 profile, SAS 9 code check for SAS® Viya®, and SAS 9 system evaluation. Get the details in this community article.


Did you miss SAS Bowl II: Free Data Friday?

Did you miss SAS Bowl II: Free Data Friday?

You can catch a recording of the game in this article. Mark your calendar for SAS Bowl III: SAS Macros on Oct. 20. Follow the SAS Communities Library for updates about what to study before game day.


Six easy ways to import local SAS data sets into CAS (SAS® Viya® 3.5)

Six easy ways to import local SAS data sets into CAS (SAS® Viya® 3.5)

SAS® Viya®, like any good multifunctional tool, offers many functions to import a local SAS data set, stored on your PC, into CAS. The most common six are discussed in this post.



View SUGA Live on-demand!

View SUGA Live on-demand!

Presented by SAS and Metacoda, this on-demand virtual event is for administrators and architects who want to make the most of analytics with SAS® or who just want to learn more about what analytics can do for their organization. Watch three expert presentations followed by an ask me anything discussion.


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