> > We are preparing to offer AP Statistics next year and have decided upon > Moore's _Introduction to the Practice of Statistics_. We had also decided to > install Minitab on the Macintoshs in our computer lab in the high school. > Upon contacting the folks at Minitab, we learned that this would be very > expensive (and an annual fee to boot!), especially since we anticipate a > small student enrollment for the first few years.
Someone needs to educate Minitab and college textbook publishers about the high school market!
> An earlier posting noted > that a student version of Minitab may be available at a cost of $50 or so. > First, this is not indicated in the material we received from the company.
I believe it is distributed by Addison-Wesley rather than Minitab. It's about $50 per copy (or per machine you install it on) which includes one manual per machine. There are no annual fees. It's like going out and buying Excel at the Walmart. In fact, you probably CAN buy a copy at a college bookstore.
> Secondly, if anyone is using this option, please respond with the relative > value/usefulness of this version v. the full version.
It should do anything you would want to do in an intro. course. I found it one or two minor subcommands short of everything I needed in an applied regression course. It may have a limit on the size of the dataset but I did not find this a major limitation. There are student versions for DOS and Windows as well.
I have used Minitab in teaching for about 13 years. Most of my students use the Unix version on the mainframe but I have had one or two per semester using the student version each semester for as long as these versions have been available. For a while, it was the only version I had on my own PC! It's very good and so is the documentation.
Mac folk sometimes like Data Desk. I do not know it very well but it is from a VERY respected source.
There is a student version of NCSS for DOS that is free.
I believe all these packages are on the AP Stats. list of recommended software. Beware of anything that is NOT!
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