Hi all! I usually try to refrain from commercial words on this board, but the ETS booklets give out-of-date information about the student version of Data Desk, so I thought it might be a service to provide the new info. Most of this is copied from the official releases, but I've added a few comments of my own.
Yesterday Data Description, Inc. and Addison Wesley Longman announced that a Student version based on Data Desk 5.0 will be available on August 1st, in time for the Fall '96 semester. The full press release is on the Data Description web site - www.datadesk.com/datadesk/.
(That is, the student version will no longer be published by WH Freeman, but instead will be published by Addison Wesley Longman. Along with the move comes a new version based on the recently released 5.0 version of Data Desk.)
The new student version has all of the features of the 4.0-based student version plus:
- the ability to work with files of any size and save files with up to 50 variables and 1000 cases.
- a fully interactive rotating plot.
- a new Help system
- the ability to open and work with template files.
(Template files provide a way to create a tutorial presentation of material with a drag-and-drop interface. You can provide descriptions and pictures to guide students. Students can drag variables and drop them into "sockets" to enter them into the analysis. A control language is available that lets you perform calculations and provide combinations of Data Desk functions. A number of templates have already been posted by users at the DataDesk web site given above.)
The price of the new student version should be under $35 at the bookstore and includes the 400 page supplementary text, "Learning Data Analysis with Data Desk" and all of the datasets for the exercises in the text.
The ISBN is 0-201-57124-2. The Addison Wesley order number is 800-322-1377. To request an evaluation copy call 800-552-2499.
Data Description also offers very competative pricing on lab licenses for High Schools. Data Description can be reached at 800-573-5121 or at 607-257-1000
-- Paul Velleman
Claimer: I develop Data Desk. In this case, that means that I know the facts and can provide them. It also means that I'd be happy to answer questions about Data Desk or about teaching with Data Desk.