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What's Your Next Move? (Analytics for a Chess Tournament)
Robert Allison  
3/9/2017   17 comments
Histogram, scatter plot, map, and GIF animation. Here's what you can do with data analytics and visualizations for an upcoming chess tournament.
How to Create a 'Pretty' Map with SAS
Robert Allison  
2/10/2017   5 comments
Maps are great ways to display spatial data and information. But sometimes you just want to create a map that looks good. Here's how.
Where Does Girl Scout Cookie Money Go?
Robert Allison  
1/24/2017   24 comments
Maybe you want to donate money to the Girl Scouts instead of buying cookies. It may be better for your waistline, but is really better for the organization?
Prius Isn't The Highest-MPG Hybrid in 2017
Robert Allison  
1/18/2017   16 comments
What hybrid automobile offers the highest MPG? It's not the Prius anymore. Take a look at these visualizations to find out the new leader.
Beer: Finding Your Favorite That You Didn't Know About!
Robert Allison  
1/10/2017   25 comments
Looking to find a new favorite beer? Check out these visualizations to track it down.
Graphs: Comparing R, Excel, Tableau, SPSS, Matlab, JS, Python, and SAS
Robert Allison  
12/28/2016   24 comments
Data visualizations can help people understand the meaning behind the data, but what tools are best? Here's a new take on using different tools to create visualizations that tell a story.
Is the Moon Really One Quarter the Size of the Earth?
Robert Allison  
12/14/2016   8 comments
The super moon is here again, and we take this opportunity for a few visualizations that illustrate the moon's size relative to the earth.
A Graph for Trump -- Our Oldest President
Robert Allison  
11/21/2016   18 comments
After a few tweaks a graph showing the ages of new presidents proves that Donald Trump will be the oldest of the US presidents when inaugurated.
Your Chance to Vote ... For Your Favorite Election Graph!
Robert Allison  
11/7/2016   21 comments
A collection of election-focused blogs provides some insight into how American voters think.
Building a Better HIV/AIDS Map
Robert Allison  
11/2/2016   7 comments
A graphical look at the distribution of AIDS and HIV instances; plus some thoughts on multi-color visualizations that consider those who are color blind.
How Much Does It Cost to Live to 100?
Robert Allison  
10/25/2016   44 comments
Robert takes a look at where life expectancy intersects with health care costs.
How Much Does Each Country Spend on Healthcare?
Robert Allison  
10/19/2016   16 comments
Check out the difference in healthcare spending in the US versus other nations around the globe.
Where Did Hurricane Matthew Drop the Most Water?
Robert Allison  
10/10/2016   18 comments
SAS data tools help to map out rainfall totals from Hurricane Matthew.
A Statistical Crossword Puzzle to Exercise Your Brain
Robert Allison  
9/28/2016   10 comments
SAS tools help to create a crossword puzzle designed specifically for analytics professionals and those who understand statistics.
Where Did That Gasoline Pipeline Break?
Robert Allison  
9/22/2016   21 comments
Robert maps out the path of the gasoline pipeline that ruptured last week, and which states might face gas shortages.
A Few (Hundred) SAS Graphs to Choose From!...
Robert Allison  
9/17/2016   3 comments
Want to see more of Robert Allison's work with graphs using SAS? Here are some tips.
Are Milkweed and Monarchs Making a Comeback?
Robert Allison  
9/6/2016   11 comments
Maps highlight the prevalence of the plant milkweed, which is key to the survival of the monarch butterfly.
If We Didn't Start the Fire, Then Who Did?
Robert Allison  
8/24/2016   33 comments
Robert puts a new spin on Billy Joel's 1980s hit We Didn't Start the Fire.
What's Your Stress Score?
Robert Allison  
8/17/2016   23 comments
A graphic updated with SAS tools can help you understand the impact of stress factors in your life.
Solar and Wind Power in the United States
Robert Allison  
8/11/2016   16 comments
SAS tools provide a fresh look at a map detailing where solar and wind power is generated across the US.
How to Dress (Your Graph) for Success!
Robert Allison  
8/2/2016   34 comments
The way your graph looks can make all the difference. Two people can graph the exact same data in essentially the same way, but one of the two graphs can be perceived as much better than the other.
Do You Trust Statistics?
Robert Allison  
7/28/2016   23 comments
SAS tools help to highlight just how many people trust the Internet, or at least use it.
Putting the US in the EU ... bucking the Brexit trend!
Robert Allison  
7/20/2016   33 comments
The issue of the UK leaving the EU raises the question of how the US would fit in Europe, at least in visual terms.
What to Include in Your Website
Robert Allison  
7/14/2016   57 comments
What information should you make easily available from the top page of your website? This Venn diagram provides some guidance.
Does This Graph Make You Feel Old ... or Young?
Robert Allison  
7/6/2016   20 comments
SAS tools help to highlight age data, helping the reader to see what percentage of the population is older or younger.
Are There Zika Mosquitoes in Your County?
Robert Allison  
6/28/2016   23 comments
Pulling data on potential Zika-bearing mosquitoes into a SAS map will open your eyes to what might be in your area.
Will Independent Voters Decide the Election?
Robert Allison  
6/23/2016   33 comments
SAS tools help to highlight the voter movement away from the two main political parties in the US and toward independent status.
The Big Fat Truth About the US Weight Problem
Robert Allison  
6/20/2016   20 comments
Use of the right colors and a simple restacking help a version of an obesity graph done in SAS come to life.
These Aren't the Drones You're Looking For, But Those Are!
Robert Allison  
6/15/2016   23 comments
Federal Aviation Administration data and SAS tools help to illustrate the popularity of drones around the US.
I See Spots -- Sunspots!
Robert Allison  
6/9/2016   21 comments
SAS tools shed a bit more light on graphics displaying trends in sunspots.
A Closer Look at the Teacher Salary Graph
Robert Allison  
6/6/2016   30 comments
SAS tools help to illustrate teacher pay rates through the US, but Robert also points out how additional data could better put the numbers in perspective.
How Does Your Favorite US National Park Stack Up?
Robert Allison  
5/30/2016   15 comments
Use of SAS Proc Print enables a graphic presentation of the popularity of the US national parks with easy access for the viewer.
Picking a Surreal Vacation Destination in the US
Robert Allison  
5/24/2016   26 comments
With summer vacation time approaching, Robert uses SAS Graph to highlight some of the most surreal destinations in the US.
You Don't Know Squat About the Las Vegas Housing Market
Robert Allison  
5/19/2016   14 comments
Data and SAS tools highlight how bad the home squatting problem is in Las Vegas, a city troubled by falling real estate values.
Is that a CSV file...or have you been drinking?
Robert Allison  
5/12/2016   17 comments
As more communities launch open data initiatives, there are new possibilities for using SAS Proc Import and other tools to visualize government data that can be downloaded as .csv files.
A Graph Fit for a Prince
Robert Allison  
4/28/2016   22 comments
SAS tools help to illustrate the works of the late Prince.
Looking for Cheaters in the Boston Marathon Data
Robert Allison  
4/22/2016   32 comments
Data analytics and visualization can take on a new role in sporting events like the Boston Marathon, helping to identify cheaters.
Getting Down and Dirty With Lake Water Quality Data
Robert Allison  
4/15/2016   17 comments
SAS tools help to illustrate when a North Carolina lake suffers its bad days when it comes to pollution.
Things to do in Vegas during SAS Global Forum
Robert Allison  
4/6/2016   14 comments
SAS tools do the job in building out an interactive map highlighting things to do during free time at SAS Global Forum in Las Vegas later this month.
Drug overdose deaths are on the rise in the US
Robert Allison  
3/31/2016   26 comments
The tragedy of today's drug crisis in the US is illustrated in Robert's maps, highlighting the spread of the opioid epidemic and the increase in deaths over time.
Does E85 Fuel Save You Money or Cost More?
Robert Allison  
3/22/2016   28 comments
Robert breaks down the real consumer cost for driving an ethanol based E85 capable car versus the comparable cost for going with standard gasoline.
Tracking Our Local Lake Rise 20 Feet Above Normal
Robert Allison  
3/10/2016   15 comments
Data about rain, rain, and more rain shows how a manmade lake can rise 20 feet in two weeks.
A Different View of US Immigration
Robert Allison  
3/7/2016   21 comments
SAS tools bring to life a somewhat confusing chart and map outlining US immigration trends over the decades.
Timeline of Supreme Court Justices
Robert Allison  
3/4/2016   4 comments
Curious about trends in liberalism and conservatism among US Supreme Court justices? Check out what Robert did to display some relevant data.
Creating an Interactive Map of the Moon
Robert Allison  
2/29/2016   8 comments
Robert uses SAS tools to annotate hotspots on maps to give viewers access to drilldowns for additional information.
Beware the Ides of March and Lawn Mowers
Robert Allison  
2/24/2016   17 comments
We're approaching lawn mower season, and Robert has some data that might make you be a bit cautious this year.
Which Name is More Unisex: Jessie or Angel?
Robert Allison  
2/22/2016   30 comments
SAS graphing tools help to explore the frequency of unisex names throughout the US.
Worldwide Jet Fuel Consumption
Robert Allison  
2/17/2016   18 comments
A graph of jet fuel consumption raises interesting questions about whether we should be flying more than we are, or maybe less.
Driving 74 Million Cars on Wasted Natural Gas
Robert Allison  
2/11/2016   8 comments
SAS tools add readability and depth to a map highlighting how natural gas is wasted in oil drilling.
Where Might Zika Virus Strike Next?
Robert Allison  
2/3/2016   10 comments
A new map of where Aedes mosquitoes have been reported could help biologists control those insects that carry the Zika virus.
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