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st: Stata and SPSS


From   "John F Hall" <johnfhall@orange.fr>
To   "Statalist" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
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

http://www.listserv.uga.edu/archives/spssx-l.html

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
http://surveyresearch.weebly.com

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