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SPSS or Excel

Why use a data analysis package like SPSS when you could use Excel? I’ve just come across an interesting marketing piece from SPSS that goes into benefits one gets from using a dedicated data analysis package instead of trying to do all of your analysis in a spreadsheet. While it would be fair to expect that this isn’t necessary an unbiased comparison, it might offer some food for thought to those of you trying to figure out why you should bother to upgrade.

Review of SPSS Tables 16 (SPSS add-on)

Let’s say you’re a market researcher, you have an extra $1000 lying around, and you’re looking for an easier way to improve the look, feel and efficiency of your cross-tabs. What do you buy? If you’re me, you buy the the Tables add-on for SPSS. While the text below certainly isn’t a detailed tutorial on how to use SPSS Tables, it should give you an idea of the features it makes available to help you decide whether it is worth the money.

QSR Releases NVivo 8 Qualitative Data Analysis Software

#qsr international announced today the release of #nvivo 8, their application for analyzing “very rich” text based information (which, incidentally, includes not just text but also videos, interview recordings, documents, and media clips). According to the web site, NVivo removes many of the manual tasks associated with #qualitative analysis, such as classifying, sorting, and arranging…

SPSS 16 New Features

Click here to see my review of SPSS Statistics 17.0, the new version of SPSS. In the upcoming SPSS Directions User Conference in Prague (May 16) Product Management Director Kyle Weeks will discuss some of the new features in SPSS 16. These include: SPSS 16 has a new Java interface allowing for Windows, Mac, and Linux…

SPSS vs. STATA

Found an interesting comparison between the features of SPSS and STATA (two statistical analysis packages), as provided by several statisticians on Windows Live Spaces: SPSS Advantages: Slightly more user friendly in making complex tables & graphs Nice routines for testing interactions in logistic regression models Friendly ANOVA commands Generally easier to use Sophisticated survival analysis…

Statistical Analysis with R

University of Missouri graduate student Mitch Hardin recently posted a note on his blog about how after spending a lot of quality time with SPSS he switched to R, a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics that runs on a variety of platforms (Windows, MacOS, Unix). Although R is “almost entirely command-line driven,”…

Overview of SPSS Dimensions

SPSS recently announced the release of SPSS Dimensions 4.0, the latest incarnation of its enterprise survey and analysis suite that does everything from helping you create surveys to analyzing the data to generating reports. Before looking into the new features introduced in version 4.0, I thought it might first be interesting to explore the basic…

SPSS 15: Has Bells and Whistles, Will Go Mainstream?

New article by Stephen Swoyer today on the The Data Warehousing Institute web site about SPSS’s goal of becoming more "mainstream," partly based on the results of its integration of desktop analytic applications and server-based predictive analytics applications such as Clementine and Predictive Enterprise Services. It also highlights SPSS 15’s ability to be integrated into…

Tim Macer reviews E-Tabs Autograph 2.0

U.K. based Research journal reviewer Tim Macer recently published a review of ETabs AutoGraph 2.0, a program designed to assist in the “desktop creation of indivudual or repetitive charts and tables from most industry-standard tables for output to Excel or Powerpoint including Quantum, Merlin through TabsML, Pulse Train’s XtabsML, Wincross, Quanvert, Snap, Dimensions, Mentor, and…

Tim Macer reviews Monitor Group’s MarketSight

In the June, 2006 issue of issue of the Market Research Society’s Research Magazine, Tim Macer reviewed Monitor Group’s MarketSight, a web based survey analytic tool for researchers and end-users, with an emphasis on interactive hypothesis testing. Tim liked the expert-system approach which automatically applies appropriate statistical tests, the highly intuitive interface which makes analysis quick…

Tim Macer reviews Merlinco’s MerlinPlus

In the May, 2006 issue of issue of the Market Research Society’s Research Magazine, Tim Macer reviewed Merlinco’s MerlinPlus, a powerful end-user analysis suite which can be fed either by surveys in industry-standard formats or by data collected using built-in modules for web surveys, handheld CAPI, touchscreen self-completion or simple standalone CATI. Tim liked the easy…