Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2005 09:37:37 +1000
Reply-To: Simon Freidin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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From: Simon Freidin <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: SPSS FAQs (was, re: cox regression with data weight)
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A wiki would be *REALLY* nice.
At 07:30 AM 15/09/2005, Richard Ristow wrote:
>At 04:04 AM 9/13/2005, russell wrote:
>>Your (consistent and detailed) responses to questions pertaining to
>>weighting in SPSS etc are really useful and illuminating. In addition,
>>there are a few threads on the very same issue on this discussion
>>list. Will be nice if they can be bundled into one contribution...
>Which brings up a thought.
>Some questions come up repeatedly on this list, and get answered
>repeatedly. I'm sure that some of us are particularly aware, as we
>often answer the same or similar questions from time to time ourselves,
>perhaps quoting our own old work. Raynald Levesque must have many such
>examples, Marta probably a lot; and Hector, Arthur. Probably some of
>It would be work, but useful, to prepare overall essays on some of
>these topics, and make them available for reference.
>Where to make them available? Well, if it's OK with Raynald,
>www.spsstools.net is the only reasonable choice. There's already a FAQ
>section there, but I don't think the topics duplicate what I'm
>I don't generally like the term "FAQ" ("Frequently Asked Questions")
>lists, partly because they're often really, "some things I thought of
>and decided to write up, but didn't want to organize coherently." But
>we can do better if
>A. We select topics that do come up repeatedly. We can't be exhaustive,
>but to start with, take any that any one of us has answered multiple
>times. After that, anybody who notices another repeating topic can post
>saying so, and we'll see if somebody's willing to write it up. (By the
>way, if you do notice a repeating theme, please give subject line,
>date, and poster for instances of it, so an author won't have to repeat
>B. The author of a topical essay (there should be one author) posts the
>draft, or successive drafts, for comment. List members aren't ideal to
>comment, being mostly too knowledgeable to catch some missing points,
>but are a very useful start.
>C. Organizing the essays for reference? Follow the topical outline
>that Raynald's used for code examples. It's carefully considered, and
>it works, and it spares inquirers from two topical classifications.
>Experience will bring out any need for revision.
>How to start? I'm not dropping everything, but I'm thinking of doing
>some of my own recurring themes. If a few of us do the same, we'll have
>a base to work with.
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