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

From   Donald Spady <>
Subject   Re: st: most requested *simple* features to help SPSS users transition
Date   Fri, 19 Oct 2012 11:50:06 -0600

It has been a while since I used SPSS, but two things that really sold me on Stata, and which continues to sell, are (a) this listserv.  Expert advice given freely and quickly.  SPSS didn't have that when I used it.  Maybe it has changed now, but I doubt it; and (b) when I buy Stata, I get to keep it forever.

On 2012-10-19, at 10:25 AM, Joerg Luedicke <> wrote:

> 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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