Are YOU a Predictably Irrational Analyst?

Posted by bkloss | Analytics,YouTube | Saturday 21 February 2009 2:31 am

Let’s begin the conversation with a little attention test.  Please count the number of passes the white team makes in the video below.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU COUNT THE NUMBER OF PASSES!!!!!!!!

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Creating a Cartesian Product in SAS

Posted by bkloss | SAS | Friday 13 February 2009 6:49 am

Here’s the first of several question/answer posts.

Feel free to write me with your SAS question and I’ll provide the answer in a post.

Question

Suppose I have two SAS datasets, set A contains 5 variables having 3000 unique records and set B contains just 1 variable having 500 unique records (just a bunch of ID numbers). Suppose I would like to create a new dataset where each of the records from set A would be duplicated so that the first record would be repeated 500 times where each of those would be paired with a unique ID from set B. The goal is to have the new dataset with 6 variables (the five from A and the one from B) containing a total of 1,500,000 records produced in this way.

Any help or suggestions you can provide is greatly appreciated.

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Musing on Twitter monetization strategies…

Posted by bkloss | Business Models | Sunday 8 February 2009 6:25 am
The last few years have proved this bird can fly .  But can Twitter
dodge arrows?  Only time will tell.

I’ve been on Twitter for a few years now but it’s never managed to capture my full attention.  What has been taking up my attention is reading the seemingly never ending stream of recent posts where everyone knows the  best way to monetize Twitter .  One idea that’s been bandied about is the potential to leverage their mass amount of personal data as a monetization strategy through targeted adserving or third party partnerships. Yes, sites like Twitter and Facebook probably have more data about us than our own mothers but their ability to turn this data into dollars is hampered by three factors:

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SAS Resume Tools

Posted by bkloss | Data Visualisation,SAS | Wednesday 4 February 2009 10:00 pm

Although you may consider yourself an Analyst, during your job search you need to think like a salesman . Every interaction with a prospective employer is a golden opportunity to sell yourself. Submitting a resume is equivalent to cold calling a client so stick your foot in the door by connecting quickly with the hiring manager. At a glance, this person needs to see what they’re looking for or else your resume will hit the bottom of the pile, or worse, the paper shredder.

The simple tools provided below turn any SAS Job resume into a targeted sales weapon. The first visualization displays the words that occur most commonly among 450 SAS job postings from SASJobs.BlogSpot.com and SASJobs.com . Make sure you address each of these terms appropriately in your resume and personal statement. The bigger the word, the more commonly it was used- act accordingly. If you want to drill down even further, click on the layout drop down to increase the maximum number of terms shown.

These Visualizations work best in Fire Fox    ————-      Make sure to have Java enabled

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