> > As I'm sure many people on this list are doing, I am trying to find > materials to use in AP statistics next year. I am looking for some > software. The Acorn book strongly encourages the use of computers in the > class along with the graphing calculators. I've noticed that many of the > textbooks make reference to Minitab. Is it substantially better than > anything else that's out there?
It's substantially better than a spreadsheet or the typical program provided by a textbook publisher. It's probably a standard for educational purposes because it has focussed on the educational maarket for a very long time, has tons of very good documentation, is easy to use, can be obtained inexpensively through site licenses or student versions, runs on many platforms, and provides a lot of power.
On the other hand, there are student versions of MyStat and NCSS (the latter free) that are reasonable choices for PCs, and Data Desk is a contender on the Mac. (I'm sure there are many others with which I am less familiar.)
Does anyone have any experience with > several statistical packages that would be willing to put their thoughts > about them out here for the rest of us to see? Thanks in advance for > any help you can offer. > > Bill Roloff > Lake Park High School > Roselle, IL
I have used Minitab in teaching for about 13 years. In my own work and study, I have used DOS NCSS and mainframe versions of SAS, SPSS, and SCA.
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