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Topic: Minitab hegemony?
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Tim Erickson

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Minitab hegemony?
Posted: Sep 13, 1996 12:04 AM
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I know Minitab is inexpensive, and its output shows up in sample tests, but
I was wondering if anyone is using -- or even considered using -- any of
the other stats packages.

I led a stats institute this last summer (Teaching Statistics with
Technology, from Key Curriculum Press), and we featured JMP IN, a program
with an excellent statistical pedigree -- it's from SAS -- and an interface
and feature set that's substantially more advanced than Minitab's. It was
pretty easy for the participants to learn, and I think it helped all of us
develop our statistical insight.

JMP IN runs on Mac and Windows, is endorsed in the AP booklet, and comes
with an excellent book by John Sall and Ann Lehman. It's all published by
Duxbury. The usual disclaimers: while I do sometimes work for Key, I am not
in any way associated with Duxbury, SAS, Wadsworth (which owns Duxbury) or
Thompson (who may own Wadsworth, for all I know).

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