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Day: June 16, 2021

Building QQ plots in R

The folks at finnstats explain the notion of a Quantile-Quantile plot and show how to create one in R:

QQ-plots in R, first need to understand the Q-Q plot. The Q-Q plot is a graphical tool to help us examine if a set of data plausibly came from some theoretical distribution such as a Normal or not.

Suppose, if we are executing a statistical analysis the test comes under parametric methods assumes variable is Normally distributed, we can make use of a Q-Q plot to check that assumption.

It’s just a visual verification, not full proof, so we can make use of some other statistical test also. But Q-Qplot allows us to see at-a-glance if our assumption is valid or not.

Click through to learn more. H/T R-bloggers.

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Loading Data into Power BI Premium Per User vs Azure Analysis Services

Gilbert Quevauvilliers continues a series on moving from Azure Analysis Services to Power BI Premium Per User:

I have been working with a customer where I have got data in AAS and in PPU for the same dataset.

What I have found is that when the data is loading it is very similar in terms of how long the data takes to load.

With one of my customers as an example the data was being curated in Asia, whilst the business was running things from Australia. By hosting AAS/PPU where the data was curated meant that the data loading was significantly faster. Yes while the reports would have to access the data across the ocean, this only sends the results, so the performance of the reports was and is still blazingly fast!

Click through for the full story.

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Ignoring Updates to Some Statistics

Raul Gonzalez gives some tips on optimizing statistics updates:

For now, everything described might not be such a horrible thing, it’s clear that SQL Server will not take full advantage of the stats on the column [Body] if the queries we are running use wildcards (specially leading), but why so much fuss? Well, now it’s when things start making sense (or not).

Running stats maintenance on this kind of columns every night can become really expensive and this is what I’ve found more than once when using the Query Store to look for queries that have a high number of reads.

Read the whole thing.

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Shane O’Neill has a new cmdlet for us:

Don’t get me wrong – I’m aware that you don’t need Excel installed on the computer where you’re running these commands from. You still need to save the files somewhere though. The function doesn’t take data from variables.

I can use dbatools and Write-DbaDbTableData. This function is not dependent on the table having to already exist. It will create the table for you if you tell it to. Thank you -AutoCreateTable; even though I recommend pre-sizing your columns if you want to go with this method.

However, I don’t want to have to create the table beforehand.

Click through to check it out and grab a copy for yourself.

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Drain Mode in Azure Functions

Rayis Imayev pulls the plug:

As requests to execute Azure Functions increase, then the demand for such compute resources is supported, but only while it is needed (scale-out). As requests fall, any extra resources and application instances drop off automatically (scale-in).

Recently Microsoft enabled a new Drain mode in Azure Functions, that allows for a graceful shutdown of the Azure Function host by completing inflight invocations and stops listening for new events from triggering sources.

Read on for the set of steps it performs, as well as the benefit it provides.

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Brent Ozar takes us through a simple but useful SET command:

When you’re working with T-SQL, you’ll often see SET NOCOUNT ON at the beginning of stored procedures and triggers.

What SET NCOUNT ON does is prevent the “1 row affected” messages from being returned for every operation.

Read on to see why this is useful. Also check out the comments for a few other reasons to use it, such as applications written in such a way that they get confused and fail when NOCOUNT is off.

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