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Dear JMP® User,

We recently had a mix of sleet and freezing rain that created a thin sheet of ice to cover our roads here in North Carolina. When this happens, schools shut down, businesses close and everyone is confined to their homes for the day.  This occurrence made me think about our students and what they would do in these situations.  Fortunately, we have several learning formats that allow you to stay put during the wintery months.  Our Live Web courses enable you to experience the classroom from your desktop.  Whether you are at home or at work, you can join a classroom setting, ask questions and receive answers in real time, all while accessing the latest software via a virtual lab.  Another way to reduce travel during the winter months is to have our instructors come to you.  On-site training enables you to focus on your company’s business needs and use your own data.  This is a great option if you have several employees that need to be trained.  For those of you who want to venture out to one of our training centers, we have a full January through June public schedule available.

You can find out more about our training formats on our JMP Training Web page.  My hope is that you find one that fits your schedule and preferences. 

Enjoy your winter!  Until spring…

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Best regards,
Brooke Fortson
Editor

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Find a scheduled course near you!

Take one of our JMP® courses at a nearby training center or via Live Web! The January-June 2011 schedule is now available.

 
New JMP Training Catalog

The Jan.-Jun. 2011 JMP Training Catalog is now available. 
Download a PDF or order a hard copy.

 
Course Highlights

The Reliability Analysis course is a one-day course that covers reliability and life estimation, focusing on areas such as distribution analysis, distribution fitting, hypothesis testing and many others. Contact your JMP Training Representative to schedule this course on-site.

There is a new interactive e-course for JMP 9 - JMP Software: Data Exploration! JMP 9 users have a new way to learn with this interactive e-course. The content is equivalent to our classroom courses, but you have the freedom of taking the lessons at your own pace.

 
Calling All Papers

Do you know of someone whose innovative use of JMP has led to exciting new discoveries? If so, encourage that innovator to present his or her findings at the Discovery Summit 2011 in Denver. Check www.jmp.com in mid-February for details. In the meantime, learn about
last year’s speakers.

    Events

Mid-Atlantic JMP Users Group
Jan. 26, 8:30am-12:30pm
MedImmune
Gaithersburg, MD

ASQ Lean and Six Sigma Conference
Feb. 28-Mar. 1
Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs
Phoenix, AZ

Pittcon Conference and Expo 2011
Mar. 13-18
Georgia World Congress Center
Atlanta, GA

 
Instructor Highlight

Monica Beals grew up in Madison, WI, but now resides in Durham, NC.  She earned a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology and a master’s in statistics from the University of Tennessee. Before joining SAS, Monica taught as a lecturer and biology laboratory instructor for the University of Tennessee.  Monica began using JMP in 2001 and joined SAS as a Statistical Training Specialist in July of 2007.  She played a vital role in the creation of JMP Training’s first self-paced e-course, JMP Software: Data Exploration, and in the planning of the Mastering JMP series.  Monica enjoys hiking with her two dogs, cooking good food and trying new restaurants, and doing yoga.  When asked what her favorite thing is about her job, her reply is, “I love seeing the “light bulb moment” when a student realizes how to apply material from a course to solving the real world problems they deal with at work.”


 
Tips and Tricks

One of our customers told me that he was copying and pasting historical weather data from www.wunderground.com to a text file and then importing the text file into JMP.

There is an easier way! You can import data directly from your Web browser into JMP using the Internet Open... option from the File menu. This lets you import any table of data from a Web page.

It’s easy to use. Just choose File > Internet Open… and you’ll get a prompt for the address of the Web page you’d like to get data from. Here we’re using http://www.wunderground.com/history/airport/KRDU/2010/12/21/MonthlyHistory.html.

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The Open As option in the dialog lets you tell JMP how you want to open the page. Specifying Data indicates that you want to open the page and get data from a table.

When you click OK, JMP goes to the Web page and gives you a list of all the tables on the page. JMP tries to detect the tables on the page that are most likely to contain data and selects them initially.

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You then pick which one you want to import into JMP.

This particular table needs just a little clean up, but use the Standardize Attributes option from the Cols menu and some copy/paste for the column names and you’re all set.

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At this point in the demonstration for the customer, he just began shaking his head and told me to stop. With a grin on his face, he told me he was sold. He just couldn’t believe how much time he had spent working on his data. If only he’d had JMP, he’d be done by now.

This tip was provided by Jeff Perkinson, JMP Product Manager.


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