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RE: st: Stata vs SPSS


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: Stata vs SPSS
Date   Mon, 16 Oct 2006 17:38:14 +0100

http://www.spss.com/corpinfo/history.htm
gives a 1968 start date. 

That's 38 years to get it right... 

Nick 
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk 

Richard Williams
 
> But, the SPSS GUI has to be good because nobody in the world could 
> possibly remember all of SPSS's wildly inconsistent syntax.  I can't 
> think of any good reason for the inconsistencies; I'm sure it just 
> reflects the fact that different routines were written by different 
> programmers and SPSS, unfortunately, made little effort to impose any 
> consistency.  Stata, which is at least 10 years younger than SPSS, 
> probably benefited from seeing what other programs had done wrong.

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