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Eek! There’s a Human in Your Data
Tricia Aanderud  
10/14/2016   40 comments
When presenting data it's easy to stay focused on the number. But remember that there are real people with real concerns and emotions behind those numbers.
 Visualization: Let Your Data Speak
Digital Audio  
10/13/2016   70 comments
A data science project isn't complete until the results are presented to decision makers.
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.
A2 Radio: Deliver More Effective Visualizations
James M. Connolly  
10/10/2016   2 comments
All Analytics Radio features an interview with visualization expert and author Scott Berinato as we discuss best practices in effective visualization.
Misunderstood? Try Data Storytelling
Lisa Morgan  
9/29/2016   18 comments
Visualization or storytelling for delivering data results to business users? Well, maybe you need to let both methods work together to do the job.
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.
The Trouble with Data About Data
Lisa Morgan  
9/21/2016   22 comments
It's time to accept the fact that so much of the data we see is biased, whether intentionally or not. so what can you do about it?
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.
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.
Big Data: Let's Stay Focused
James M. Connolly  
8/12/2016   10 comments
It seems that the tech and business sectors are drifting back toward an emphasis on the "big" in big data when they should be thinking "analytics."
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.
Big Data: An Art Form in Itself?
Charlotte Erdmann  
8/11/2016   7 comments
When we hear the words ‘big data’, we tend to think of vast databases, complex algorithms and endless links between mountains of information. Interestingly, however, big data is also suitable for art, and vice versa.
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.
 Analytics: Where We've Been, Where We're Going
Digital Audio  
7/12/2016   48 comments
Analytics experts discuss the evolution of analytics over the past five years, and look at changes that shape business and our lives moving forward.
A2 Radio: Analytics Progress and the Road Ahead
James M. Connolly  
7/11/2016   9 comments
All Analytics Radio is hosting a discussion with our expert bloggers as we look back at the remarkable progress in the analytics field in recent years, and look ahead to what work still remains.
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.
Data Consumers Left Out in the Cold?
Tricia Aanderud  
6/20/2016   21 comments
While pretty pictures as reports look nice -- and easy to understand -- for an analyst, the consumer of that data might sit there and say, "Huh?"
Lasagna Plots in SAS: When Spaghetti Plots Don't Suffice
Rick Wicklin  
6/16/2016   5 comments
Techniques for spaghetti plots paired with SAS tools illustrated ways to high volumes of common data over time.
I See Spots -- Sunspots!
Robert Allison  
6/9/2016   21 comments
SAS tools shed a bit more light on graphics displaying trends in sunspots.
A2 Academy: Make Sure It's Good Data
James M. Connolly  
6/9/2016   6 comments
The second session in All Analytics Academy, Analytics for All: The Right Start, airs today at 2 pm EDT when data scientist Daniel Gutierrez discusses best practices in finding and managing data, and ensuring that it is the right data.
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.
SAS 360 Discover: Predictive Marketing's New Secret Weapon
Suneel Grover  
5/27/2016   2 comments
The new SAS 360 Discover provides marketers with new views into the activities of their valued customers.
War: Numbers Tell Half the Story
James M. Connolly  
5/25/2016   31 comments
An awesome visualization of World War II deaths provides insight into what global war means while also shedding light on how relatively lucky we are today.
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.
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.
Learn From the Global Forum Keynoters
James M. Connolly  
4/26/2016   12 comments
Keynote speakers brought a range of experiences, interests, and advice points to the stage at last week's SAS Global Forum and Executive Conference in Las Vegas. Videos of those talks are available now on the SAS website.
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.
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.
Using The Force On Big Data
David Wagner  
2/18/2016   3 comments
A fun experiment about the Star Wars expanded universe could lead to very real big data breakthroughs.
The Myth of Analytics Beyond the Land of Giants
James M. Connolly  
2/18/2016   15 comments
The newest All Analytics interactive infographic highlights data that debunks any myths that advanced analytics are just for the world's big companies.
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.
Which Lives Longer, a Honey Bee or Black Ant?
Robert Allison  
2/1/2016   7 comments
See what you can do with raw data about animal lifespans, presenting it in interactive graphical formats.
How Did You Measure up in Snowpocalypse 2016?
Robert Allison  
1/27/2016   59 comments
Take a look at how SAS tools provide a glimpse into how much snow the eastern states received in last week's blizzard.
Which Stores Will Walmart Close in 2016?
Robert Allison  
1/19/2016   30 comments
SAS tools helped Robert to provide interactive maps allowing customers to see whether Walmart stores projected for closing this year are nearby.
Release the fourth one first they did!
Robert Allison  
12/21/2015   42 comments
SAS tools help to illustrate the seemingly illogical release order of the Star Wars movies.
 All Analytics Conversations: Forecasts for Analytics in 2016
Digital Audio  
12/18/2015   3 comments
AllAnalytics.com bloggers share their observations, and maybe go out on a limb, as they look at the world of analytics in 2016.
A2 Conversations: Join in Our 2016 Forecasts
James M. Connolly  
12/16/2015   6 comments
All Analytics bloggers step into the future and look back on the past when they share their predictions for the world of analytics in 2016 and reflect on the evolution of the sector in 2015. Join All Analytics on Friday at 1 pm and share your own thoughts.
How Do Your Favorite SNL Cast Members Stack Up?
Robert Allison  
12/9/2015   11 comments
Rolling Stone made news when it ranked the many Saturday Night Live cast members, but using SAS tools you can see on a graph just how your favorites stacked up over the years.
Using More of the 1,000,000+ English Words
Robert Allison  
11/12/2015   21 comments
See how a word wheel -- enhanced through use of SAS tools -- can broaden your vocabulary.
Analytics Claim This is the 20th Most Used Word in English Writing
Robert Allison  
11/10/2015   14 comments
Which words out of a list of more than 97,000 appear most frequently in English writings? Robert's graphic provides some answers.
A2 Academy: Degrees, Certificates, Jobs
Sue Talley  
11/2/2015   8 comments
The debate goes on about whether certifications or degrees are right for analytics professionals. Answer could be "both". Dr. Sue Talley of Capella University sets the stage for her presentation in All Analytics Academy: Build a Successful Analytics Team.
Get the Inside Scoop for Your Halloween Candy
Robert Allison  
10/21/2015   58 comments
With Halloween coming up in just over a week, consider which candies make the best giveaways.
How trendy is your hipster beard?
Robert Allison  
10/15/2015   17 comments
A look at facial hair data from the past provides a peek into what may be coming in the future.
VR, AR and Unique Analytics Perspectives
Jon Martindale  
10/12/2015   11 comments
Virtual reality and augmented reality technology could bridge the consumer-business gap in opening opportunities to display data in new ways.
Forget Peeple, I Want a Cranky Meter App
Tricia Aanderud  
10/9/2015   37 comments
Imagine the possibilities if something like the Peeple app actually let us know how cranky we appear to others and they could rate us.
Building a Better Income Inequality Graph
Robert Allison  
10/8/2015   23 comments
With income inequality a hot topic during election years, Robert goes to work on making graphs of income breakdowns easier to read.
Are You a Geography Expert? Try This Quick Quiz!
Robert Allison  
9/28/2015   10 comments
A quick geography quiz reminds analytics pros not to draw too many assumptions about visual data representations.
Back to the Basics Part Two: What Can Hoteliers Do With Analytics?
Kelly A. McGuire  
9/16/2015   3 comments
Data and analytics can benefit not only the individual hotel departments but also can support cross-department coordination.
 Hire and Manage a Great Analytics Team
Digital Audio  
9/1/2015   152 comments
Learn how the right analytics team can drive success in the enterprise.
How Is Electricity Generated in Your State?
Robert Allison  
8/24/2015   26 comments
SAS graphics bring to life data about how the 50 states generate electricity.
The Body Parts That Venture Capitalists Love
Robert Allison  
8/19/2015   12 comments
Robert offers improved versions of Wall Street Journal graphics highlighting which body parts attract the most venture capital funding.
Visualize This: The Bosses Like Your Report
James M. Connolly  
8/5/2015   4 comments
Experience with visualization tools and techniques is one of the most desired skills among analytics professionals, whether they want to improve their own lot or hire great talent.
Map of US Domestic Cannabis Eradication
Robert Allison  
8/3/2015   17 comments
Using SAS tools it's easy to see where DEA marijuana activity has been taking place.
Was the Dress Blue, Teal, Sky, Turquoise, or Spindrift?
Robert Allison  
7/30/2015   30 comments
Robert delves into the psychology behind "the dress" and how men and women label colors.
The Sands of Time Go Digital
James M. Connolly  
7/22/2015   23 comments
Basic fractions come to life to explain why time seems to fly as we age.
Analysis of Serial Killings in the US
Robert Allison  
7/21/2015   18 comments
Robert takes a graphical approach to viewing data surrounding US killings across the US.
Bald Eagles Return to the United States
Robert Allison  
7/11/2015   16 comments
Maps show how the US national bird, the bald eagle, is making a comeback.
Where Are Different Languages Spoken?
Robert Allison  
7/8/2015   9 comments
Robert's latest map project highlights where four common languages are designated as official languages.
Voice of the Customer With Analytics in the Cloud
John Balla  
7/6/2015   7 comments
Your enterprise doesn't have to be as big or complex as Lenovo to benefit from SAS-based analytics initiatives.
Born to Be Wild: Analyzing Motorcycle Data
Robert Allison  
7/1/2015   17 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   20 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   25 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   48 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   5 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   36 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   33 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.

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