## The Game: It’s almost D-day

Testing in the schools starts in a few weeks. We’ve been writing a computer game to teach math. Here is a look at some of the scenes. The poster is thanks to one of the awesome members of our graphics team, Justin Flores. You can find him at Jflo Productions. Of course, we will be…

## Probability Rules: Why the house always wins

Let’s say that all you knew about probability were some basic rules. Would it be enough to convince you that gambling is a bad bet? I think so.  Let’s begin with these four: Probability of something not happening = 1 – the probability of that something happening P(Not X) = 1 – P(X) Since the…

## How (not) to be annoying

Okay, young people, the time has come for us to have a serious discussion. When I was young, I was very annoying. Now that I am old, I am frequently annoyed, proving thereby that God has a sense of humor. I think pretty often the people who are annoying me are not doing so deliberately….

I’ve been fairly positive about SAS On-demand but I think the keyword in that sentence is “fairly”. One of the major advantages of SAS over R (which has no formal tech support) and SPSS (which, before it was bought by IBM you could wait 45 minutes on hold for tech support) is that if you…

My long-time business partner, Dr. Erich Longie, is a very experienced pool player. Today, we were discussing a business decision where someone had to choose between two potential employees. One was exceptionally talented but not particularly ethical – nothing terrible, mind you, like stealing out of the cash register, or sexually harassing the interns –…

## Why All Developers Need a Crappy Computer

I have a quad-core i5 with 12GB RAM on my desk that has an ethernet connection as well as a back-up wireless connection option. I also have a Macbook pro for business travel. These are what I use for development and other work. I also have three increasingly POS (as in piece of shit, not…

## A new semester, new SAS On-demand – how to get started

So, here we are with a new semester and my second try at using SAS On-Demand with SAS Enterprise Guide in my Advanced Quantitative Data Analysis class. I am toying with the idea of possibly offering JMP as an option as well but leaning towards no since it would mean twice as much explanation of…

## Are Blacks and Hispanics too Lazy to be Statisticians?

I am at the Western Users of SAS Software conference this week and just like the Joint Statistical Meetings, SAS Global Forum and SPSS Directions, there is about as much diversity here as at the Republican National Convention. I brought this up here and at two other meetings I attended. Each time at least some…

## Why the cool kids won’t hang out with you: A guide to mentors

Many years ago, when I was a young MBA student, we were all advised to find mentors who would help our careers.  However, I found that many people I was interested in were not particularly interested in me. That was disappointing and irritating.  After all, I believed I was a smart, hard-working person and I…