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RE: st: Stata vs SPSS

From   "Carter Rees" <>
To   <>
Subject   RE: st: Stata vs SPSS
Date   Mon, 16 Oct 2006 12:05:07 -0400

Nick has a good point here.  If you can point and click in SPSS you can
point and click in Stata.  I would even say that Stata's labeling of the
different statistical options in the GUI is more intuitive.  


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Nick Cox
Sent: Monday, October 16, 2006 11:53 AM
Subject: RE: st: Stata vs SPSS

Turn and turn about, official Stata is also, remember, 
mostly available through menus and dialogs. Thus while 
researchers generally are very positive about the command-line 
interface, it is not compulsory -- unless you are using 
most user-written commands and are reluctant to write 
your own dialogs. 

I virtually never use the Stata GUI even -- 
so can people knowing both say how SPSS and Stata 
compare in ease of GUI use? 

> Can SPSS be used entirely from a command-line interface?  If 
> so, it would
> be interesting to see your students' reactions if you allowed 
> SPSS, but
> only via command-line--no mouse-clicking.  In other words, 
> required them
> to submit the SPSS equivalent of do-files.  This would be a way of
> separating their love of SPSS (of which I am skeptical) from 
> their love of
> pretty mouse-driven GUIs (which I am hypothesizing is more the issue.)

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