SAS, R, or Python Survey 2016: Which Tool Do Analytics Pros Prefer?

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For many quantitative business professionals, the debate around analytics tools has been known to rival the enthusiasm of political conversations at Thanksgiving dinner. Over the past two years we’ve sent out an immensely popular SAS vs. R survey to our network of quantitative professionals, generating over 1,000 (often very passionate) responses each year. But, last… Read more »

2015 SAS vs. R Survey Results

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2016 Update: Results from our 2016 SAS vs. R vs. Python survey are now in!   The topic of SAS vs. R is hotly-debated everywhere, from Reddit forums to LinkedIn groups to around the water cooler with your data analytics team, with no clear consensus. So, last year, Burtch Works decided to conduct a flash… Read more »

The Must-Have Skills You Need to Become a Data Scientist

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  Over the past year, interest in data science has soared. Nate Silver is a household name, companies everywhere are searching for unicorns, and professionals in many different disciplines have begun eyeing the well-salaried profession as a possible career move. In our recruiting searches here at Burtch Works, we’ve spoken to many analytics professionals who… Read more »

Job Market Explodes For Quantitative Students

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With the market for quantitative candidates continuing to gain momentum, Burtch Works spoke with Jennifer Priestley, Professor of Statistics and Data Science at Kennesaw State University – and friend of Burtch Works – about the job market for quantitative students, the  beginnings of her MS in Applied Statistics program, and her thoughts on SAS vs…. Read more »

The Deeper Dive: SAS vs. R

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Last month I conducted a quick “flash survey” of my network to quantify the preferences of the Burtch Works network, and asked: Which do you prefer to use, R or SAS? I posted the initial results on my blog a few weeks ago, and as promised during the webinar for our Data Scientist Salary Study,… Read more »

The Great Debate: SAS vs. R

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 I’ve been recruiting analytics talent for over 30 years, and now over the past few years I have watched open source R seemingly catapult to popularity alongside the proprietary standby SAS. Despite hearing more about R from clients and candidates than ever before, determining whether R was actually more popular than SAS proved difficult. A… Read more »

Kicking SAS?

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Kicking SAS? Not if James Goodnight, statistician and CEO of the SAS Institute, has any say in the matter. Recently, the New York Times reported that the venerable software giant that created the statistical tool of choice for countless business statisticians for over three decades is under siege. New competition is threatening SAS’s longstanding, comfortable… Read more »

Times, They Are A-Changin’

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  With the closing of another year rapidly approaching, it’s always fun to take a moment to consider how quickly things can change in just a short period. Time elapses, people grow, technology develops… and with the continuous change come continuous challenges- necessary adaptations to meet the newly developed demands of the ever-evolving world around… Read more »

Title Inflation: VP of Blogging?

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One thing that we know is true: the key to happiness when taking on a new role is in your personal enjoyment of the job itself- not its title. However, a snappy title is often one of the first things we judge. So, how effective is this in a time when “title inflation” is more… Read more »