Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 09:26:44 -0500
Reply-To: "Ronald P. Larkin" <r-larkin@UIUC.EDU>
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From: "Ronald P. Larkin" <r-larkin@UIUC.EDU>
Organization: Illinois Natural History Survey
Subject: Statistics instruction via books? (was: Why SAS)
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In article <33D6EE25.766C@ibm.net>, Anthony Ayiomamitis
> Since when was SAS responsible for explaining to a user the
> "statistical issues" behind a PROC or an option? SAS is, in one sense, a
> library of tools for you to use as needed....
>...I don't think I
> should be faulting SAS for not explaining it to me in their manuals.
> There are ... books for this purpose.
This point of view seems kind of quaint in 1997 because the concept of a
printed statistics text separate from statistics software is outdated. I
wonder why, when we do statistics only with computers, we learn statistics
from books. I look forward to a softcopy, highly interactive introduction
to statistics (or to a specialty thereof) that is configurable to provide
syntax, examples, and examinations using any one of several statistical
Ron Larkin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Illinois Natural History Survey, Champaign IL 61820