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Brian K. Banda, Ph.D.
Vice President – Model Validation
BBVA Compass Bank
For the third time, Olivia has done an excellent job in translating complex concepts, ideas, and methods into a "stepwise," easy-to-understand implementation. Business Analytics Using SAS Enterprise Guide and SAS Enterprise Miner is a great book for at least three distinct groups of readers.
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Devyani Sadh, Ph.D.
CEO and Chief Data Officer, Data Square
Co-Chair, DMA Analytics Council