I had a nice conversation with an old stats colleague the other day. He's a SAS analyst still, while I've mostly migrated to R, though I like SAS-clone WPS a lot as a data science platform. We reminisced about the 80's and 90's of statistics and pre-data warehouse analytics – a time when SAS was not only our statistical package of choice but also a primary data integration programming platform. The discussion evolved to the topic of data exploration, which occupies much of our DS effort today. Fortunately, the tools we have to explore data have advanced considerably over the years.
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