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Re: [vox-tech] Statistical Software

Norm Matloff wrote:

From: hajhouse@houseag.com (Henry House)
Subject: [vox-tech] Statistical software

A visitor to the demo at the Davis Food Co-op this weekend asked about
software for statistical analysis and mentioned SPSS. Since I do most of my
statistical analysis in Gnumeric and do not use a dedicated analysis
program, I was not able to mention a comparable application for Linux. What
do you use? I later found out about Gnu PSPP, supposed to be a Free clone of
SPSS --- does anyone use this?

In my opinion, as someone with a background in both CS and statistics
(I'm a former statistics professor), R is the best package, either open
source or commercial. (I even consider it a little better than S-Plus, a
commercial product which it is closely related to.) It is statistically
correct (which arguably SPSS is not),
Ni Norm,
Can you speculate on why SPSS is not statistically correct? I have rarely used SPSS (I use SAS), but curiosity just killed the cat :-)

and it is a general programming language,
something people on this list can relate to.
I have a quick mini-tutorial on R at

Since I myself will be using R heavily during the next couple of weeks,
I probably will be making frequent additions to the tutorial.

Looking forward to the tutorial.


Dr. Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
Asst. Professor of Information Systems
San Francisco State University
San Francisco CA 94132 USA

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