Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2005 11:20:15 -0300
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From: Hector Maletta <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: SPSS v. Access
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They are different animals, with definite roles and mutual relationships.
You do not have to choose one or the other.
Of course there are some areas of possible overlapping. Simple database
management tasks could also be accomplished by SPSS, such as merging files,
as there are some simple statistical tasks that can be done by Access, like
getting a crosstabulations or an average, but on the whole each software
should be used for the kind of task it was intended for.
You can prepare a crosstabulation with either package (as you can with Excel
too), but do not try Cox Regression on Access. Preparing a flat table or
file with a combination of variables taken from several levels of a
hierarchical/relational database is better done with Access, though it is
awkwardly possible also in SPSS. Looking for individual cases fulfilling
certain conditions can be done with SPSS, but it is easier if done with
> -----Original Message-----
> From: SPSSX(r) Discussion [mailto:SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]
> On Behalf Of Laura Berry, Dr.
> Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 9:45 AM
> To: SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> Subject: SPSS v. Access
> Dear Group:
> I'm an SPSS user from way back and very happily use it to do
> almost everything in my office except make the coffee.
> However, I know next to nothing about Microsoft Access and
> database queries. Can you offer a summary as to what type of
> projects and procedures Access (or other database tools)
> might be useful for versus using SPSS?
> I'm asking because some of my new staff members are long-time
> Access users but know nothing about SPSS. I want them to be
> trained to use the best tools for the job, but don't know
> which tools are best, and when they're best.
> Laura Berry, Ed.D.
> Director of Student Success & Institutional Research North
> Arkansas College (870)391-3280
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