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Date:         Mon, 19 Jan 1998 10:55:50 -0500
Reply-To:     Thomas J Welander <tomwelander@JUNO.COM>
Sender:       "SPSSX(r) Discussion" <SPSSX-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>
From:         Thomas J Welander <tomwelander@JUNO.COM>
Subject:      seeking CHAID alternatives

Hey there, I'm a CHAID user needing to evaluate what else is available in the current crop of decision tree software. I like CHAID and don't have any big desire to switch; the company needs me to do a routine software evaluation.

We primarily use CHAID for customer sat. applications, namely, examining customer service attributes in survey data to see what predicts satisfaction, customer loyalty, and value. For these purposes, the important features of CHAID are 1) its ability to compare predictors of mixed data types (nominal to ratio), 2) the predictor list output, and 3) segmentation tree output.

I'm mainly looking for testimonials from users of CHAID and its alternatives. Also, any and all mentions of program names and other places to find advice would be appreciated. And please steer me toward the archives if y'all have covered this topic previously.

I recognize some of your names from lurking sproradically in the past & look forward to getting acquainted.

Thanks, Tom Welander Elrick & Lavidge Atlanta

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