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Bob Hayden

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Software (fwd)
Posted: Feb 18, 1996 6:18 PM
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> 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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