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Dear Reader,

In the world of analytics, few topics are hotter than machine learning. But the field is far from new. My first exposure to machine learning came in 1983 when I saw the movie WarGames with my family. The film was about a bored high school student, played by Matthew Broderick, who accidently hacks into a military supercomputer named Joshua. Thinking he had accessed a computer at a video game company, not one that controlled the US nuclear arsenal, Broderick innocently challenges Joshua to a game of thermonuclear war, nearly starting World War 3.

For a 13-year old boy, it was a pretty interesting film, and a little terrifying.

But the movie isn’t just memorable for me because it was my introduction to the Cold War. I was particularly fascinated by the movie’s computer co-star, Joshua. Joshua could take data – in this case, his opponent’s moves – learn from them and adapt his strategy in response, improving the odds of winning as the game progressed. This iterative process of “thinking and learning” is the concept behind machine learning.

A lot has changed since I was a newly minted teenager, besides my voice. Today, analytically mature organizations are using computers to learn from huge amounts of data. The process provides companies more accurate results or allows them to make better predictions of future outcomes. And organizations are using machine learning to accomplish some amazing things, everything from facial recognition to combat terrorists to recommender engines that suggest the next movie you should watch.

Given its prevalence, a good understanding of machine learning should be part of any good analytics professional’s skill set. Thankfully, SAS is here to help. Our new Predictive Analytics and Machine Learning training path can help you learn more about machine learning principles and the advanced analytics behind them. The curriculum is divided into three categories.

The Get Started category includes courses like Strategies and Concepts for Data Scientists and Business Analysts; SAS Visual Statistics: Interactive Model Building; and Getting Started With SAS In-Memory Statistics and introduces you to the concepts behind machine learning. Our Expand Your Skills grouping offers more advanced courses like Big Data, Data Mining and Machine Learning; Advanced Analytics in a Big Data World; and Predictive Modeling Using SAS In-Memory Statistics. The Dive Deeper series of courses is for the advanced learner. This grouping includes courses like Neural Network Modeling; Text Analytics Using SAS Text Miner; and Feature Engineering and Data Preparation for Analytics.

I encourage you to check out the full Predictive Analytics and Machine Learning training path curriculum for more details. Expanding your skills in these areas will really benefit your career. And I promise it won’t be scary at all!

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Thanks for reading,

Larry LaRusso
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Editor, SAS Learning Report

Training, Certification and Book News

 
Live Web classes go global

Live Web classes go global

Experience all the benefits of the classroom without the travel. Our popular Live Web classes are now being offered around the globe. Led by the same expert instructors you would encounter in our training centers, the Live Web classroom provides real-time instruction, Q&A time, quizzes and even lab time. View dates in EMEA or the US. Visit your local training site for more details.

Feature Engineering and Data Preparation for Analytics

Feature Engineering and Data Preparation for Analytics

This new course will teach you how to craft better inputs to improve predictive modeling performance. You’ll also learn how to spot and avoid common pitfalls that compromise the integrity of the data you are using.

Programmers: Get to know SAS® Studio
 

Programmers: Get to know SAS® Studio

If you're an experienced SAS programmer who wants to learn to master the SAS Studio interface, register for the Exploring SAS Studio for SAS Programmers course. Public and Live Web classroom offerings are available.

Take an exam or class at SAS® Global Forum
 

Take an exam or class at SAS® Global Forum

Heading to Orlando, FL, to attend SAS Global Forum? If so, don’t miss the discounted pre-event SAS Certification exams and post-event training courses being offered to registered event attendees.

Text analytics class coming to NYC

Text analytics class coming to NYC

Text Analytics and Sentiment Mining Using SAS offers a comprehensive look at how to organize, manage and mine textual data to extract insightful information that helps improve business operations and performance. April 27-28 is the only East Coast offering.

Getting Started With SAS® Certification
 

Getting Started With SAS® Certification

Interested in getting SAS certified in 2017? Access a free, on-demand webinar that provides an overview of the SAS Global Certification program and tips to help you prepare for an exam. Learn more.

Enrich your marketing approach with SAS® Customer Intelligence training
 

Enrich your marketing approach with SAS® Customer Intelligence training

Build your own learning plan from a variety of new topics and learning formats available for the SAS Customer Intelligence products, including SAS Customer Intelligence 360. Not sure which course to take? Find the perfect course for you with our overview videos.

Using the Python client on the SAS® Viya™ platform
 

Using the Python client on the SAS® Viya™ platform

Hey, data scientists. Want to keep pace with analytical demands and deliver quick results that fuel the best decisions? With this new book, you’ll learn how to access analytics from SAS Cloud Analytic Services (CAS) using Python and the SAS Viya platform.

Student discount on SAS® Academy for Data Science certifications
 

Student discount on SAS® Academy for Data Science certifications

Attention students! Earn SAS Certifications in Big Data, Advanced Analytics or Data Science this summer. Students receive a 50% discount on the SAS Academy for Data Science. Offered in the classroom or as blended learning. Learn more.

Tips and Tricks

 
Reuse a graph with different data

Reuse a graph with different data

Do you have a complex multicell graph created in ODS Graphics Designer that you’d like to reuse with different data? Ideally, you’d like to change the data without having to change the plots in each cell. The designer’s shared variable feature provides an easy way to build and reuse graphs with different data. With shared variables, you associate one or more shared variables with the data roles in your plots.

Transitioning from programming in SAS®9 to SAS® Viya
 

Transitioning from programming in SAS®9 to SAS® Viya™

SAS instructors Stacey Syphus and Marc Huber introduce you to the new Transitioning From Programming in SAS®9 to SAS Viya video library, designed to show SAS programmers how they can apply their SAS®9 knowledge in SAS Viya. It’s the first in a series of articles to help current SAS programmers add SAS Viya to their analytics skill set. Read additional posts in the series.

 

Certification Prep

 
Platform administration

Platform administration

Michelle and Paul Homes provide some great links for SAS administration best practices in the SAS Communities forum.

Base programming
 

Base programming

Arrays are powerful tools to process wide data sets. This solution in SAS Communities uses arrays to count missing variables within entire observations and is a great example of arrays in action.

SAS News

 
Changes to SAS® documentation

Changes to SAS® documentation

Soon, our new SAS documentation website will be the only place to find documentation for your SAS products, meaning documentation will no longer be included as part of your software installation. Before we make this change, though, we want to make sure the new site meets all your needs. Check out the new look on our SAS 9.4 Programming Documentation homepage, then let us know what you think. You can provide feedback at yourturn@sas.com or from a link found directly on the page.

There’s still time to register for SAS® Global Forum
 

There’s still time to register for SAS® Global Forum

Join thousands of SAS users from around the globe for the premier conference for SAS users by SAS users. Enjoy dozens of workshops, presentations, demos and networking opportunities that will broaden your skills and sharpen your focus. It’s not too late to register!

Free SAS® Tutorials

 
SAS® tutorials

SAS® tutorials

Watch more than 200 free tutorial videos to help you get started with the basics. Topics include SAS programming, analytics, data management, business intelligence and more.

 


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SAS Programming for R Users                                                                27-31 MAR 2017

SAS Visual Analytics: Administering a Distributed Deployment                27-31 MAR 2017

Managing SAS Analytical Models Using SAS Model Manager Version 14.1  28-31 MAR 2017

Administering SAS Office Analytics and SAS Enterprise Guide                 28-31 MAR 2017

SAS Real-Time Decision Manager: Creating and Managing Campaigns  28-31 MAR,03 APR 2017

JMP Software: A Case Study Approach to Data Exploration                   30-31 MAR 2017

SAS Programming 1: Essentials                                     31 MAR-01 APR,07-08 APR 2017

SAS Macro Language 1: Essentials                                                       03-06 APR 2017

SAS Marketing Optimization: Maximizing Campaign Efficiency               04-07 APR 2017

SAS Certification Review: Base Programming for SAS 9                         04-07 APR 2017

Building and Solving Optimization Models with SAS/OR                 05-07,10-12 APR 2017

SAS Enterprise Guide: ANOVA, Regression, and Logistic Regression     05-07,10-12 APR 2017

SAS Programming 1: Essentials                                                    06-07,10-13 APR 2017

SAS/GRAPH: Essentials                                                                 06-07,10-13 APR 2017

SAS Visual Analytics: Getting Started                                                    06-07 APR 2017

Applied Clustering Techniques                                                               10-13 APR 2017

Strategies and Concepts for Data Scientists and Business Analysts   11-13,18-20 APR 2017

SAS Office Analytics: Getting Started                                                     12-13 APR 2017

SAS Environment Manager: Essentials                                                  12-13 APR 2017

SAS Programming 1: Essentials                                                             16-20 APR 2017

SAS Platform Administration: Metadata Administration                          17-21 APR 2017

SAS Enterprise Guide 1: Querying and Reporting                                   17-21 APR 2017

Survival Data Mining: A Programming Approach                           18-20,25-27 APR 2017

Creating Stored Processes Using SAS 2: Additional Topics                    18-21 APR 2017

SAS Programming Introduction: Basic Concepts                                     18-21 APR 2017

SAS Macro Language 2: Advanced Techniques                                      19-20 APR 2017

SAS Programming 3: Advanced Techniques and Efficiencies         19-21,24-26 APR 2017

Imputation Techniques in SAS                                                               19-20 APR 2017

SAS Enterprise Guide for Experienced SAS Programmers                      19-21 APR 2017

Applied Analytics Using SAS Enterprise Miner                                19-21,26-28 APR 2017

Forecasting Using SAS Forecast Server Software                                  20-21 APR 2017

DS2 Programming: Essentials                                                               20-21 APR 2017

SAS Programming 2: Data Manipulation Techniques                          21,24-28 APR 2017

Exploring SAS Studio for SAS Programmers                                             21 APR 2017

SAS Macro Language 1: Essentials                                                       21-22 APR 2017

SAS Programming 2: Data Manipulation Techniques                               23-27 APR 2017

SAS Platform Administration: System Administration                              24-28 APR 2017

 

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