Date: Fri, 24 Apr 1998 11:28:11 +0200
Reply-To: "Werner E. HELM" <helm@FH-DARMSTADT.DE>
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From: "Werner E. HELM" <helm@FH-DARMSTADT.DE>
Subject: Re: SAS Vs. SPSS
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Dear SAS-L :
Sometimes I really enjoy reading subjective answers to subjective (i.e.
What "user-friendly" means clearly depends on what the persons talking
about do understand under "user".
One answer I read was o.k. if the user is a developer (as are many active
on sas-l) or someone being supported by a developer.
Another answer, stating just the opposite, was o.k., if the user is a
So what ? One point : Questions should be more precise.
Just one remark for stand-alone end-users :
STATISTICA from Statsoft has won many comparative reviews over SPSS .
For scientific purposes my personal favorite for small and fast solutions
was and is Systat , now from SPSS, Inc.
I could list many points where Systat is better than SPSS, just as there
are reversed ones.
Stata in some respects is a very good package, too.
Of course, for many other tasks SAS is the (only and) best choice.
A good idea is always to look for comparative reviews such as those
published by Infoworld and others.
They give a rather balanced view.
Werner E. HELM .