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Why Dashboard Gauges Aren’t as Bad as You Think

2016-05-22 – 2:57 PM

Dashboard gauges were once the darling of the executive suite. Some designer took inspiration from a car dashboard and its gauges. A gauge is useful because it tells us how fast we are going or how much gas is in the tank. My newer model dashboard still has gauges but it also states how many miles until empty. That information is more useful than knowing how much gas is in the …

SAS Visual Analytics: Bubble Plots for Less Toil and Trouble

2016-04-24 – 12:55 PM

You cannot research bubble plots from any data visualization expert without reading a reference to the Hans Rosling’s Ted Talk Let My Dataset Change Your Mindset. It may have been the first time a bubble plot gained a mainstream appeal noted Stephen Few in his Show Me the Numbers book. Rosling provided an intense amount of information in one data visualization and he changed my mindset. Here’s some …

3 Methods to Remove Data from the HDFS VAPUBLIC Directory

2015-12-20 – 3:53 PM

When working with HDFS, you are often loading data to the various directories to upload into SAS Visual Analytics. However, sometimes you want to remove that data. Here’s three different ways to remove the data.
Method 1: Use the SAS VA Administrator Tools
If you have access to the Manage Environment area, you can use the Explore HDFS tab to interact with the data in the HDFS. You …

Visual Analytics: 3 Tips for Brilliant Bubbles in Your Geospatial Data

2015-09-13 – 11:30 AM

I like bubble charts – even though they get a lot flack for being difficult to understand. These charts can pack a lot of data into a few variables. I agree the charts can be difficult for layperson to understand but it doesn’t seem true for the geo bubble maps. Possibly it’s because the user sees the map and understands its related to location. Here’s …

Building a Dashboard in 5 Easy Steps

2015-09-07 – 11:07 AM

Dashboards help users understand if a process or project is running smoothly. Typically, metrics are centered on some performance aspect, such as tactical objectives, time lines, or quality result. Keep in mind, the information does not present the next level of detail, which is what or why events are happening.
Dashboard Types
Dashboards be divided into two categories: Management and Operational. These categories are based on the …