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RE: st: most requested *simple* features to help SPSS users transition

From   "David Radwin" <>
To   <>
Subject   RE: st: most requested *simple* features to help SPSS users transition
Date   Fri, 19 Oct 2012 10:18:06 -0700 (PDT)

As far as I know there is no experimental or quasi-experimental study
comparing the relative advantages and disadvantages of various statistical
software packages for teaching purposes. However, this report, based on
the long experience of statistical consultant Michael Mitchell, concluded
that Stata was easier to teach than SPSS or SAS.

Mitchell, M. N. (2005). Strategically using General Purpose Statistics
Packages: A Look at Stata, SAS and
SPSS (Technical Report Series, Report Number 1, Version Number 1).
Statistical Consulting Group:
UCLA Academic Technology Services.

David Radwin
Senior Research Associate
MPR Associates, Inc.
2150 Shattuck Ave., Suite 800
Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone: 510-849-4942
Fax: 510-849-0794

> -----Original Message-----
> From: [mailto:owner-
>] On Behalf Of Joerg Luedicke
> Sent: Friday, October 19, 2012 9:26 AM
> To:
> Subject: Re: st: most requested *simple* features to help SPSS users
> transition
> On Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 10:53 AM, JVerkuilen (Gmail)
> <> wrote:
> > Just saying that doesn't convince skeptical SPSS users, though.
> >
> Yes, I know. It is probably a vicious circle: people who grew up on
> SPSS and have no experience with other packages are simply skeptical
> because of this very lack of knowledge which will not increase if they
> don't get familiar with the other package(s). Since their knowledge is
> limited they don't have much to rely on other than their tradition and
> faith. The probably only thing to break this circle is to widen this
> knowledge, so people can finally make the step from tradition to
> reason ;)
> Joerg
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