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Born to Be Wild: Analyzing Motorcycle Data
Robert Allison  
7/1/2015   5 comments
Robert combines multiple data sources to get a picture of the trends in motorcycle deaths.
Homo Habilis to Homo Sapiens: From Tool User to Data User
Leo Sadovy  
6/30/2015   2 comments
Tech developments such as robotics don't mean we all lose our jobs. Rather, with analytics we can use our brains to make better use of such tools.
Pyramids, Body Parts, and Gender Differences
Robert Allison  
6/26/2015   16 comments
Robert examines one of those subjects where men and women are different.
Use SAS to Get the Jump on Shark Week
Robert Allison  
6/25/2015   22 comments
Before you go into the water, check out Roberts map of shark attacks along his North Carolina coastline.
 Visualization: How to Bring Data to Life
Digital Audio  
6/22/2015   55 comments
Learn about best practices and recent developments in data visualization and delivering results to business clients.
A2 Radio: A Fresh Look at Data Visualization
James M. Connolly  
6/19/2015   1 comment
Join All Analytics Radio on Monday, June 22, as blogger and Zencos Director of Data Visualization Tricia Aanderud discusses trends and best practices in visualization and presenting data to business clients.
Data as an Asset? The Importance of the Metaphors We Use for Data
Leo Sadovy  
6/16/2015   3 comments
How you describe your data depends greatly on how you use that data in the real world.
What's the Most Popular Surname in Your Country?
Robert Allison  
6/8/2015   11 comments
SAS adds a layer of interactivity to a map plotting the popular surnames of Europe.
Cars Versus Drivers: Who's Safer?
Robert Allison  
5/29/2015   38 comments
Cars are designed to be safer today, so why would traffic fatalities spike this year?
Locating Mount St. Helens With a SAS Map
Robert Allison  
5/26/2015   24 comments
A SAS map helps you to identify and learn more about Mount St. Helens, which erupted 35 years ago.
A Little Fun With UFO Sightings Data
Robert Allison  
5/18/2015   23 comments
UFO sightings dot the North Carolina skies.
Analytics Unite Farmers and Underwriters
Mary E. Shacklett  
5/11/2015   5 comments
Analytics play a key role in precision farming and, increasingly, help farmers get insurance on their crops.
SAS/GRAPH Intermediate Tricks: (A Handbook for the Wizard’s Apprentice)
Robert Allison  
5/7/2015   Post a comment
Check out Robert's new e-book on working with SAS/GRAPH.
A Closer Look at the US Income Inequality Graphs
Robert Allison  
4/28/2015   14 comments
Robert explores income inequality data drawn over the decades.
SAS Global Forum: Cybersecurity, Big Data Talent, & Trade Data
James M. Connolly  
4/27/2015   3 comments
SAS opened its SAS Global Forum and Executive Conference with a half dozen announcements focused on analytics for cybersecurity, risk management, UN trade data, Visual Analytics, and the big data talent gap.
Analyzing Wait times at VA Healthcare Facilities
Robert Allison  
4/21/2015   15 comments
An analysis of reported wait times at VA healthcare facilities shows where access is quick and where delays are problematic.
A Custom Map to Help Track the Flu
Robert Allison  
4/16/2015   24 comments
Voice-over on hover is a nice addition to a CDC map tracking the incidence of flu.
Breastfeeding Prevalence: KISS principles and maps
Robert Allison  
4/14/2015   28 comments
The KISS approach can be a good principle to keep in mind in mapping, but sometimes just a bit more work can make a big difference.
Variations on a Stickman Graph: Analyzing the Twitter Minions
Robert Allison  
4/9/2015   11 comments
SAS can allow you to duplicate a "stickman" graph illustrating the breakdown of Twitter users.
Where Are the World's Best Roller Coasters?
Robert Allison  
4/6/2015   5 comments
An interactive map is all you need to find the 50 best roller coasters.
Paint It Black: A Song Choice or a Background?
Robert Allison  
4/1/2015   2 comments
Robert delves into the debate over the use of black backgrounds versus white in graphics.
Who Paid $500K for a US Visa? Over 10,000 People
Robert Allison  
3/31/2015   47 comments
Take a minute to check out the home nations for people who pay $500,000 or more to gain a US visa.
Big Variety: The Real Value in Big Data
Leo Sadovy  
3/26/2015   2 comments
When you think of big data, think less about big volume and more about big variety.
Euro vs Dollar Exchange Rate: An Historic Event?
Robert Allison  
3/25/2015   4 comments
Just how "historic" is it that the value of the euro dropped below that of the dollar?
What's Your Opinion on Daylight Saving Time?
Robert Allison  
3/20/2015   24 comments
Now that the US is back on Daylight Saving Time, the question comes up about whether it's worth it.
Tracking Billionaires With Beauty and Accuracy
Robert Allison  
3/17/2015   32 comments
Robert adds a touch of style and accuracy to a map highlighting your neighborhood billionaires.
Where Are Your Girl Scout Cookies Made?
Robert Allison  
3/11/2015   6 comments
Who knew? Different companies make Girl Scout cookies, and who makes your depends on where you are from.
Florida’s Ban on ‘Climate Change’ is an Opportunity
David Wagner  
3/10/2015   34 comments
When data deniers block the use of certain types of words or arguments, they are really giving you the road map for how to convince them another way.
Making a 'Fun' Zip Code Map More Useful
Robert Allison  
3/7/2015   4 comments
Robert had some fun adding new life to the zigzags of connected zipcodes across the US.
Is North Carolina the New Hollywood?
Robert Allison  
3/5/2015   9 comments
Using SAS to analyze movie business activity highlights North Carolina's role as a host to the film industry.
Tell Me a Story: Why Data Analysts Must Be Storytellers, Too
Meta S. Brown  
3/4/2015   19 comments
Data alone won't make an analyst's work memorable or actionable in the eyes of a business executive. A story puts it into perspective.
Charles (Dickens and Darwin) and Continuous Improvement
Leo Sadovy  
2/25/2015   10 comments
By allowing a organization to steadily evolve under pressure, it can emerge holistically more fit to compete and perform than before.
Tracking the Increase in Marijuana's THC Content
Robert Allison  
2/25/2015   6 comments
The DEA data shows that the potency of marijuana has more than doubled in recent years, and using SAS the data is even more clear.
Visualizing the Eradication of Smallpox
Robert Allison  
2/23/2015   2 comments
Animation helps to illustrate the differences in how smallpox disappeared from state to state.
The Big Data World Lands at Strata
James M. Connolly  
2/18/2015   1 comment
Let's take a look at some of the news flowing out of this week's Strata+Hadoop World event in San Jose.
How to Make Infectious Diseases Look Better
Robert Allison  
2/17/2015   5 comments
A SAS-enhanced series of graphs shows the incidence of infectious diseases across the US.
Have a Traditional SAS/Graph Valentine's Day
Robert Allison  
2/13/2015   6 comments
Robert has some fun with SAS/Graph tools for Valentines Day.
Geographical Hotspot Analysis for Election Data
Robert Allison  
2/11/2015   2 comments
One way to bring election maps to life with SAS.
Which North Carolina State Park Is Trending?
Robert Allison  
2/5/2015   8 comments
Robert takes on the task of tracking which parks have been growing in attendance.
When Fun Data Brings Big Questions
James M. Connolly  
2/4/2015   7 comments
We all see fun facts in daily life, but sometimes those fun facts can combine to get us wondering about big picture issues.
 Big Data, Decisions & the Simulated Experience
Digital Audio  
2/3/2015   87 comments
Researcher Robin Hogarth explores decision making and how simulated experience can help us understand and make use of big data.
A2 Radio: Learn About Simulated Experience & Analytics
James M. Connolly  
2/3/2015   Post a comment
Today on All Analytics Radio: How simulated experience can help people make the best decisions.
Is Google Fiber Coming to Your City?
Robert Allison  
2/2/2015   6 comments
Take a look at the new cities that are on Google's schedule for Google Fiber.
A2 Radio: Let Simulated Experience Guide Decision Makers
James M. Connolly  
1/28/2015   4 comments
A2 Radio presents a discussion on how your organization might use simulated experience to help decisions makers -- whether executives or customers -- wade through the statistics and other data that we are collecting.
Thinking about retiring in another country?
Robert Allison  
1/27/2015   8 comments
Robert shows where your retirement dollars might go the farthest.
What's the Solar Power Potential in Your Area?
Robert Allison  
1/26/2015   10 comments
Government data helps to illustrate the prime -- and not so prime -- locations for solar and wind power.
How to Visualize an Answer to Your Skeptics
John Balla  
1/26/2015   1 comment
Visualization can make all the difference when it comes to data-driven decision making.
Millennials Will Outnumber Baby Boomers in 2015
Robert Allison  
1/20/2015   2 comments
This year, for the first time (according to this article from Pew Research) a generation will become the most populous than the Baby Boomers in the US, the Millennials.
Don't Let Difficult Graph Legends Get Your Goat
Robert Allison  
1/16/2015   3 comments
Simplify and use common sense when you select colors for map legends.
Using SAS to Help Locate the 100 Best Restaurants in the US
Robert Allison  
1/14/2015   2 comments
Building on an OpenTable.com list, Robert added some ease of navigation.
It's a Great Time to Be an Analyst
Emmett Cox  
1/7/2015   7 comments
The ability to visualize data -- its sources, its types, and relationships -- is now a core talent for analysts as they set out to design and build big-data applications.
Most Common New Year's Resolutions
Robert Allison  
1/5/2015   Post a comment
Try to guess the five most common New Year's resolutions, and then compare your guesses to the survey results.
Is More Alcohol Consumed During Winter Months?
Robert Allison  
12/29/2014   8 comments
A report that more alcohol is consumed in winter months than other times gets put to the data test.
Where to Find the Cheapest Gas
Robert Allison  
12/17/2014   2 comments
Gasoline prices are down, but in some states they are really low.
Don't Be the Kellogg of Analytics
James M. Connolly  
12/15/2014   1 comment
Check out the on-demand audio of the All Analytics Academy, so the story of your data gets delivered to your readers.
The Tech Crystal Ball Needs a Little Wiggle Room
James M. Connolly  
12/11/2014   3 comments
Those in the tech prediction business are building a bit of flexibility into their forecasts, looking out two or three years rather than using the old "what's up in the new year" approach.
10 Most Annoying Airline Seatmate Behaviors
Robert Allison  
12/11/2014   Post a comment
What are the most annoying airline seatmate behaviors that you have endured? Do they appear on Expedia's list?
McDonald’s Menu Cuts Show a Data Problem
David Wagner  
12/11/2014   19 comments
The data you show your customers is just as important as what you handle internally.
Real Data on Climate Change Is a Welcome Concept
James M. Connolly  
12/11/2014   17 comments
Attacking an issue based in large part on emotion, researchers are using advanced data tools and techniques to study climate change.
A2 Radio: Preparing the Enterprise for the IoT
James M. Connolly  
12/10/2014   Post a comment
All Analytics Radio will focus on how the Internet of Things fits into an analytics strategy and the challenges that have to be overcome.
Plotting the Corruption Perceptions Index Using SAS
Robert Allison  
12/9/2014   1 comment
Using SAS you can get a sense of the perception of corruption in various nations.
Making Better Data-Driven Decisions Over Time
AllAnalytics Academy  
12/5/2014   111 comments
The point of all this data is to make better, faster decisions. Not all managers are used to working with data, and there is resistance from managers who go by "gut." Even the best managers will sometimes look at data to see the story they want to see, rather than the story the data is telling them.
Zombie Fever: A Chronological & Quantitative Analysis
Robert Allison  
12/4/2014   3 comments
You can track the success of the popular Zombie TV shows using SAS.
Meet the Line-of-Business Manager
AllAnalytics Academy  
12/4/2014   121 comments
You've made a finding and have a recommendation. You've got the data to back it up. You know you're right. But other people in the organization might not like it. What do you do? Assuming you don't plan on backing down, it is time to win some hearts and minds.
The Best Data Presentation Method: It Depends
James M. Connolly  
12/4/2014   11 comments
If you are wondering about the best vehicle for presenting data to the business unit, our A2 Academy speakers say you have to get to know your data and your client, and recognize that people are different.
Visualizing Data
AllAnalytics Academy  
12/3/2014   165 comments
As data continues to grow in size and scope, it is easy to get lost in it. The spreadsheet is no longer the best way to look at most data. As data changes, the way we work with it needs to change, as well. Complex data means we need to rely more on computer assistance and on figuring out ways for humans to digest more complicated information.
Prepare for Delivery Date
AllAnalytics Academy  
12/2/2014   104 comments
Think of three possible outcomes at the end of the analytics project: The business unit gets a wealth of information, such as new customer names; the research provides good news, such as validation of a strategy; or nasty surprises are on the way.
Think Presentation From the Start
AllAnalytics Academy  
12/1/2014   129 comments
Long before data is ready for delivery to the business unit, the analytics team must consider the options for presentation, evaluating the type of data being utilized, how it will be used, and the audience that will work with the finished results.
A2 Academy: Great Presentations Build a Culture of Analytics
James M. Connolly  
11/28/2014   5 comments
When you want to advocate for business managers to use data-driven decision making, is there a better approach than using great visualizations and other easily understood data presentations?
How a Software Geek Prepares for the Holidays
Robert Allison  
11/25/2014   16 comments
Adding another layer of information to a list of restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner helps a consumer to actually find those restaurants.
Hey! Where Have You Been?
Robert Allison  
11/19/2014   Post a comment
Don't just think about the states that you have visited but what you did when you were there.
A2 Academy: Presenting Data to Decision Makers
James M. Connolly  
11/17/2014   2 comments
The new All Analytics Academy -- Presenting Data to Decision Makers -- kicks off the week of December 1. Learn about the technologies and techniques that can help the analytics team tell the story that the data presents.
Are Patent Trolls Finally on the Decline?
Robert Allison  
11/17/2014   6 comments
Graphs show that the number of cases filed by patent trolls not only has stopped growing but actually is in decline.
Choose the Right Dashboard for the Right Story
Pierre DeBois  
11/14/2014   10 comments
Customer behavior is becoming more sophisticated online. To identify and respond to the behavior, new coding and advanced spreadsheet automation can help.
Agile Analytics: A New Approach to Doing Business
Martijn Schut  
11/12/2014   2 comments
You've heard about agile application development. Well, you can apply the same principles to an analytics project.
Magic Numbers
Cartoon  
11/7/2014   34 comments
Cool Data From the Desert
James M. Connolly  
10/29/2014   25 comments
Some fun facts and numbers kept popping up during the three big SAS-related events in Las Vegas last week.
Confessions of a Digital Dashboard Snob
Tricia Aanderud  
10/29/2014   15 comments
Whether it's paper stuck to a wall or a neat online display, the right dashboard is the one that works.
How Cheap Will Gasoline Prices Get?
Robert Allison  
10/27/2014   2 comments
Consider which factors play into gasoline prices and what the data can show.
Big Data Helps 'Krochet Kids' Stay in The Loop
Jeff Bertolucci  
10/16/2014   4 comments
A nonprofit uses data visualization tools to track the economic, health, and social well-being of female workers in developing nations.
How Do Men Rate Women on Dating Websites?
Robert Allison  
10/13/2014   20 comments
Here's a look at data showing how men and women rate each other on dating sites.
3D Printers Let Big Data Be Touchy Feely
James M. Connolly  
10/10/2014   14 comments
With the cost of 3D printing plummeting and functionality improving, data scientists can add a tactile element to their big-data presentations.
SAS on 'The Big Bang Theory' TV Series!
Robert Allison  
9/23/2014   2 comments
Here's a look at viewership for The Big Bang Theory, now in its eighth season.
Data Inspires Art
Beth Schultz  
9/22/2014   18 comments
Artists are finding inspiration in data.
Shocking Data About Your Electricity Rate!
Robert Allison  
9/18/2014   3 comments
In map and bar chart forms, here's a state-by-state comparison of electricity rates.
Does Your County Have a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle?
Robert Allison  
9/11/2014   5 comments
Analyzing a long list of recently released government data made it possible to create this map of which counties have Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles.
Lenovo CAO Sees Cloud Analytics as No-Brainer
Beth Schultz  
9/9/2014   13 comments
Anthony Volpe, Lenovo's chief corporate analytics officer, tells us why cloud was a no-brainer decision for him.
Visual Data Discovery: 4 Storytelling Approaches Compared
Cindi Howson  
9/9/2014   2 comments
Qlik, SAP, SAS, and Tableau Software deliver the latest table stakes in visual discovery: storyboard capabilities. Here's how they stack up.
Curiosity: When Data Is Just Data
James M. Connolly  
9/4/2014   7 comments
An interactive map of global migration patterns highlights three key uses for data.
Analytics Tools: Startup Step Up
James M. Connolly  
9/3/2014   3 comments
You might be surprised by the confidence that members of the All Analytics community show for startup tool suppliers.
Analyzing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Robert Allison  
9/3/2014   Post a comment
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline seemed like a great opportunity to show some of the things SAS can do with maps.
US Public Schools Projected to Be Majority-Minority in 2014
Robert Allison  
8/28/2014   6 comments
Here's a new take on a Pew Research graph showing the shifting make-up of US public school student bodies.
Will California Dry Up & Fall Off?
Robert Allison  
8/27/2014   29 comments
Creating a map using rainfall data helps us visualize just how dry California is compared to the rest of the country.
Sometimes the Data Just Doesn't Prove Your Point
James M. Connolly  
8/22/2014   7 comments
A marine ecologist's project to map plastic waste in the oceans didn't prove a theory, but just opened up a new mystery.
Mapping 206 Hospitals in 29 States!
Robert Allison  
8/21/2014   Post a comment
Blogger Robert Allison uses SAS to map 206 community hospitals whose systems have been hacked.
Tracking Ebola: Layering Customized SAS Maps
Robert Allison  
8/5/2014   Post a comment
This post demonstrates how to layer several customized maps to track the recent Ebola outbreak in Africa.
The Skinny on My Data Visualization Story
Bree Baich  
8/5/2014   Post a comment
Remember the four Ds -- discover, discuss, design, disseminate -- if you're looking to tell a story using a multimedia approach.




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