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Paul Velleman

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Data Desk
Posted: Jul 3, 1996 10:37 PM
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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booklets give out-of-date information about the student version of Data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 -

(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

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

-- 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.

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