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st: Stata and SPSS

From   "John F Hall" <>
To   "Statalist" <>
Subject   st: Stata and SPSS
Date   Mon, 9 Aug 2010 09:09:34 +0200

Apologies to members of both lists, but there have been some interesting exchanges on

The first
Can we "freeze" at SPSS 15 for several years?
ran from 23 Sep 2009 to 1 Oct 2009.

The second
"inexpensive 'home' version"
from 30 July 2010 to 6 Aug 2010.

Both threads have references to Stata, some making comparisons, some promoting Stata over SPSS, others vice-versa. There's some considered, constructive, not to say heartbreaking stuff. Much of it regrets the IBM/SPSS pricing policy and business model, pointing out a) that universities can't afford SPSS much longer and b) that IBM/SPSS seem oblivious of the personal and intitutional cost of constant new releases requiring rewrites of documentation, tutoirials etc.

John Hall

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