SAS Art Competition - The Results
We were amazed by the diversity of artistic talent there is amongst pharmaceutical statisticians and SAS programmers. We had planned to offer one prize, but in the end, we have selected a winner and two runners up, as all three were extremely close in the final votes.
This piece, titled "Recursive Spiral", by Dr Michael Grayer of PHASTAR was voted the winning entry. Michael describes the work in the following way:
The piece consists of a "Fermat spiral"*, containing the text of a SAS program - the very same program used to generate the spiral picture.
The colour of the spiral begins as "Phastar dark red" (converted from RGB to hue/lightness/saturation), and finishes in the middle as "Phastar light red" (also converted to HLS). The intervening colours change from one line of code to the next (rather than one character to the next), moving smoothly going "the long way around" the spectrum.
*A "Fermat spiral" is defined as: x = (t^2) cos t ; y = (t^2) sin t