Cloud Computing for Christmas

My second book – R for Cloud Computing : An Approach for Data Scientists is now ready for sale ( ebook). Softcover should be available within a month. Some of you have already booked an online review copy. It has taken me 2 years to write this book, and as always I accept all feedback on how to be a better writer.

I would like to especially thank Hannah Bracken of Springer Publishing for this.

and I dedicate this book to my 7 year son Kush.

http://www.springer.com/statistics/computational+statistics/book/978-1-4939-1701-3

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Everything that is good in me, come from your love, Kush

SAS makes it free to learn SAS

Wanna learn SAS language? Why go elsewhere? Get the original software in a virtual machine from the guys who actually created it!

http://www.sas.com/en_us/offers/14q1/122603-sas-for-academia/overview.html

It’s a 2 1.4 GB download and does require a 2 minute registration but thats all. You can even protype in it before you take that all important call to go for which software to buy for your analytics need. Note – retraining existing SAS analysts in R is expensive in terms of training costs, business disruption and code migration. Now only if someone could create a software to change SAS code into R code – that would make things different !!

SAS language analysts continue to be in much more demand than R language analysts- partly due to the failure of an authentic official R certification as it does not exist ( a fact that has been exploited by various institutes that teach you language syntax but not the analytics) and the poor state of the mothership R website with its huge and sometimes over detailed documentation

https://communities.sas.com/community/sas-analytics-u

and I really like the professionalism as well as the generosity of the institute. Someone famous once predicted SAS will disappear by 2015 ( based on a time series model ). With billions of dollars and it’s kitty and decade long shrewd and street smart management, SAS is going to stay up a wee bit longer and give it’s wannabe killers a bloody nose or two.

Thank you Professor Goodnight

testing it myself now !!

from

http://www.sas.com/content/dam/SAS/en_us/doc/factsheet/sas-university-edition-107140.pdf

For whom is SAS® University Edition designed?
SAS University Edition is designed for anyone wanting easy access to statistical software to perform quantitative analysis in an academic setting. This includes undergraduate and graduate students, professors, adult learners, high school students, researchers and postdocs

DOWNLOAD URL

http://www.sas.com/en_us/software/university-edition/download.html

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SAS Inc promotes coding in Hour of Code

Impressive Initiative from SAS. I hope they also do something for the skilled coders in the analytics community as a whole not just webinars, downloadable white papers and/or conferences /lunches

from-

http://blogs.sas.com/content/sascom/2013/10/28/what-are-you-doing-to-promote-the-hour-of-code/

Teachers are encouraged to expose students to online tutorials that may be completed with just a web-browser, tablet, or smartphone. My personal favorite is Blockly.  Just try it, and I promise you’ll be fascinated.

There are also unplugged tutorials for students without computer access. No experience is needed! The idea is to help students experience the power of coding and get them “hooked” so they will enroll in at least one computer science course.

I’d like to share what we are doing at SAS to promote the Hour of Code in order to spark ideas for how other companies can do the same.

We are educating SAS employees and arming them with resources to act as advocates. On Dec. 10, SAS CIO Keith Collins will provide an overview at a special lunch event and will encourage employees to be ambassadors for the Hour of Code.  For those not able to attend, we will archive the video so folks can watch at their convenience.