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Re: Help with a school project, a statistical survey on education
Posted:
Jul 25, 2007 1:56 PM


This sounds like an excellent and very ambitious project. Since it is a high school project I'd suggest that you don't get too complicated. As I thing Richard pointed out it can be very complicated but treat the project as a pilot  keep it simple and just remember to point out the limitations when you write the report :) Then like any good researcher you can ask for more funding for future reseach :)
> iii)Is there some easily available (preferably free) software that > will let me do all this analysis (brownie points for fitting > probability distributions and graphing)? It would be a nightmare to do > this by hand since we usually work with less than 50 data points > instead of several hundred.
Perhaps the Royal Royce of free statistical packages is R http://www.rproject.org/. However it is not all that userfriendly and it might take longer to learn than is worth it for one project.
There is plenty of good documentation on the site that can help and there is a very good Rhelp mailing list where you can ask questions
Otherwise here are some sites for some dedictated statistiscs/ graphing packages (Free or shareware in most or all cases). I have not checked the links in a few months though.
http://gsociology.icaap.org/methods/soft.html http://freestatistics.altervista.org/stat.php http://www.psychnetuk.com/experimental_design/software_packages.htm http://data.fas.harvard.edu/micah_altman/socsci.shtml



