Monthly Archives: July 2014

Good times!

Thanks to everyone who made it out last night… good conversation, good cheer, and good beer made for an enjoyable evening at the Swan & Firkin near Bloor & Runnymede. It was great to see some familiar faces and to meet some new people.

Aside from debating the finer points of correlation, association, and causation, we did talk about venue/location… given the relatively low turnout in the west end, and the fact that most attendees were based centrally (home or work), we’ve decided to have future Meetups in the vicinity of Yonge/Bloor. That way it’s convenient for all E/W and N/S TTC travelers, and there are lots of nearby options for places to meet. If things change over the next few get togethers we can revisit the topic and perhaps move the Meetup east or west on occasion.

Ok, I hope everyone’s having a great summer so far! I’m looking forward to our┬ánext Meetup, which will probably be happening mid to late August. In the meantime, please spread the word about our group and add a post or two here for all to enjoy.




In an effort to remain competitive in the face of powerful and free tools like R and Python, SAS has recently released a free University Edition, which runs on virtualization software (e.g. Oracle’s VirtualBox).

Along with Base SAS, University Edition includes SAS/STAT and SAS/IML, thus making it fairly well-equipped for advanced users.

Will it stave off what seems like the inevitable demise of big, expensive, and proprietary statistical analysis software systems?

We’ll see…