Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2007 16:02:58 -0800
Reply-To: Gregory Hildebrandt <email@example.com>
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From: Gregory Hildebrandt <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Opinions on SPSS training courses
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I have had a one-year training subscription and taken most of the courses,
except those that focus on syntax. However, these were taken a number of
years ago. Unfortunately the cost of such a subscription (and also the
courses) has gone up guite a bit.
I think that if one had a training subscription and knew a bit about one
area of statistics, say regression analysis, an RV to drive around the
courntry following the courses, and took all the courses twice, one would
end up with a set of skills likely better than would be gained in most
masters programs in statistics. The courses, however, only address theory
in the most intuitive manner.
The instructors are extremely good (some are incredibly sillled), as are the
manuals one gets from the courses. Most of the students perfer that the
instructor not spend much time on syntax, except in the sense
that point-click-paste-edit being an efficient way to conduct analysis.
But, even this approach would not be welcomed by many students. For those
interested in syntax, there are now several courses available. But my
objective is to always do an analysis using point-click-paste-edit.
Occassionally, one must contend with a data set that is not in Excel or
Access format. Whenever this is the case, most need to obtain the services
of a real database programmer. However, one could learn these techniques in
the syntax courses.
On 11/16/07, Mark Palmberg <email@example.com> wrote:
> I'm wondering if anyone has any direct experience with the training
> courses offered by SPSS and would be willing to share
> impressions/opinions. I'm looking at a couple sessions in Chicago next
> Thank you.
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