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How to ‘stack the deck’ for a better graph!

To stack the deck means to cheat or to fix something so a desired outcome is achieved. This term originated in card games, but can also be applied to other things. And here, I apply it (both metaphorically and literally) to creating a better graph! I recently saw the following graph created by NPR. It… Continue reading How to ‘stack the deck’ for a better graph!

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What happened to the dinosaurs? (not the coding dinosaurs – the real ones!)

I guess a coding dinosaur is someone who uses an old/legacy computer language, or at least a language that isn’t en vogue these days. Coding dinosaurs are still around (and probably will be for a while), whereas the real dinosaurs that lived millions of years ago are extinct. What caused their extinction has been a… Continue reading What happened to the dinosaurs? (not the coding dinosaurs – the real ones!)

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Determining the size of a SAS data set

When developing SAS® data sets, program code and/or applications, efficiency is not always given the attention it deserves, particularly in the early phases of development. Since data sizes and system performance can affect a program and/or an application’s behavior, SAS users may want to access information about a data set’s content and size. To access,… Continue reading Determining the size of a SAS data set