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RE: st: RE: RE: Stata Wish List

From   "Nick Cox" <[email protected]>
To   <[email protected]>
Subject   RE: st: RE: RE: Stata Wish List
Date   Thu, 21 Oct 2004 16:07:25 +0100

A firm's entitled to change its direction
and the name of its product. As I understand 
it, SPSS is almost 40 years old. 

In the case of SAS, an acronym has also now become 
the name. 

(The R people decided to go straight there, 
although some people have objected that the name R is
too long.) 

Stata wasn't born as Stata, as Bill Gould explained
at the London and Boston meetings (you should have been there). 

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Richard Williams
> As a sidelight, you have to look really really hard on the 
> SPSS web site to 
> find that SPSS originally stood for "Statistical Package for 
> the Social 
> Sciences."  I don't think they want their current business 
> users to know 
> that!  I bet social scientists are a pretty small part of 
> their revenue 
> stream now.

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