I'm sure that most of you have seen the really cool interactive Baby Name Voyager, right?  If not, go have a look and try it out (be sure to plug in your name, and the names in your family, and so on). That's a pretty cool application!  ... But it made [...]

What are the odds of winning the lottery?  This seems like a simple question (and yes, there is a simple answer), but there are a few technical details to work out first... Which lottery?  Let's say the Powerball Lottery. When? The number of balls used in the Powerball lottery has [...]

I like to think that I have a graph for all occasions - Chinese New Year is no exception! ... This year, the Chinese New Year is on Feb 10, 2013. The date varies from year to year, because it's based on the lunar (moon) cycles.  I thought it would [...]

We had some fierce wind storms all across the United States yesterday, which even spawned some tornadoes! It looks like we weathered the storm OK here in Cary (but I still need to run out to the lake and make sure my pontoon/houseboat is still there, agh!). Anyway ... as with other [...]

SAS macro variables are a great way to store a calculated value, so you can use it later in your code.  They are not just limited to the data step -- you can also use macro variables in title statements, axis statements, etc. By default, the macro variable will be padded with [...]

SAS macro variables are a great way to store a calculated value, so you can use it later in your code.  They are not just limited to the data step -- you can also use macro variables in title statements, axis statements, etc. By default, the macro variable will be padded with [...]

Being that 2013 is the International Year of Statistics, I wanted to make sure everyone knows how to handle my favorite statistic - percent (%) - in SAS! I often see data in spreadsheets/csv/etc that purport to represent "percents"... but you have to be a bit careful when working with [...]

In the spirit of the new year – the International Year of Statistics – I thought I’d share some different ways to use statistics. Can statistics help you in your everyday life?  Certainly!  And here's an example to prove it... Let's say you have a dresser drawer full of white socks.  [...]

'Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the world ... dot-matrix printers were humming as Santa's naughty/nice list was unfurled... Can you imagine what it must have been like years ago when Santa had to maintain his naughty/nice list by hand, with a feather quill pen?!?  Or even these [...]

While I'm waiting for the next "data intense" event to show up in the news (so I can blog some SAS graphs about it), I thought I'd share a few fun SAS graphs in the spirit of the holiday season! Please don't hold me to too high of graphical "best practices" [...]