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Re: st: Stata vs. SPSS

From   Ronán Conroy <>
Subject   Re: st: Stata vs. SPSS
Date   Tue, 07 Sep 2004 10:04:59 +0100

Bill Oetjen wrote:

When buying books for my Intro to Educational Research course at my university, I noticed that the required software was SPSS. It was only available in windows platform. As an exclusive Mac user, that kind of leaves me out of the loop.
I noticed that Stata does a good job in OS X.
Can anyone comment on major differences between Stata and SPSS?

SPSS is available on OS X, in an elegant version made by MacKiev and
marketed by SPSS. On OS X, SPSS is slow, though it's not that nippy on a PC either.

The differences between SPSS and Stata, however, are too numerous to
comment on - even the major ones. As a teacher, though, I would have no
objections if a student wanted to use the package of their choice, so
long as they got the work done. You may find that the people who teach the course are Deeply Suspicious of anything that's Not SPSS. You may have to hold their hands a little.


Ronan M Conroy (
Senior Lecturer in Biostatistics
Royal College of Surgeons
Dublin 2, Ireland
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