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Articles by Tricia Aanderud

Tricia Aanderud is a SAS Business Intelligence and Visual Analytics consultant based in Raleigh, NC who works for Zencos Consulting. She has written several books about SAS, presented papers at many SAS conferences, and has been using SAS since 2001. Contact her for assistance with your next project.

Web Report Studio: Yellow Icons with !

2011-09-15 – 1:00 AM
WRS_yellow_icons

When you start a new report in Web Report Studio, you may notice that yellow icons with an exclamation point (!) appear in the work area.  This happens when you have not added any data to the objects.  In the example below, the first capture shows the empty objects.  In the second capture, you can see data is available and assigned to the objects.  The …

SAS Info Map: I want an Average not a Sum!

2011-09-14 – 3:00 AM
sas web report studio data item aggregations

In SAS Information Map Studio, you can easily set the default measure for a data item in the Properties area.  This advise will not apply to information maps based on a SAS OLAP Cube.
 Change your Data Item Aggregation Defaults
(1)  Use the Default aggregate function drop-down to select the default.  When you set this item to AVERAGE, the data item defaults to Average in SAS Web …

SAS Stored Processes: Where is my stored process code?

2011-09-13 – 5:00 AM
stp_storage location

As you register your stored process, you may notice that the Stored Process wizard incorporates your code in Step 2.  Ever wondered where the feisty little wizard places this code?
In step 3 of the creation process,  you are actually selecting a location and the file name.

The Source filepath is the physical location for the SAS file.
The Source filename defaults to the stored process name.  However, you can …

SAS Information Map Studio: Why does the data item show as scientific notation?

2011-09-08 – 1:00 PM
imap_set default value

When a data item is created in SAS Information Map Studio, the defaults are assigned for classifications and aggregations.  If the data item is a percentage, this defaults may not make sense.  For instance, the following figure shows the Gross Margin in scientific notation instead of a percentage.

When the data item was imported, the default aggregation method was SUM, which does not work in this …

SAS Business Intelligence Tools Overview

2011-09-07 – 6:00 AM
Building BI Using SAS Book Cover

SAS Enterprise Business Intelligence (BI)  is a suite of applications that allows you to prepare and display data.  Here is a quick overview to help you learn the SAS BI product names and purposes. 

 
Prepare Data
Your data may be in a relational database (Oracle, Teradata, MySQL, etc).  The data is then placed in OLAP cubes, information maps, or in some cases a SAS dataset so it …