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Software

 

Software Strengths Weaknesses OS Access
SPSS
  • very easy to use
  • work in multiple files at once
  • excels at ANOVA, multivariate analysis
  • complex or large data sets
  • limited data management tools
Linux, Windows, Mac UVM Software Archive
SAS
  • powerful data management
  • can handle large, complex data sets
  • high quality graphics
  • work in multiple files at once
  • excels at ANOVA, mixed models, multivariate analysis
  • good error handling
  • excellent help resources
  • steep learning curve
Windows

available on computers in Bailey/Howe Library

contact Alan Howard to inquire about availability

Stata
  • easy to use
  • can handle complex analysis and data management
  • high quality graphics
  • excels at regression, robust methods, survey data analysis
  • steep learning curve
  • error messages are uninformative
Linux, Windows, Mac

available on computers in Bailey/Howe Library

contact Alan Howard to inquire about availability

JMP
  • very easy to use
  • excels at data exploration and visualization
  • can be used to explore research designs
  • complex or large data sets
  • limited data management tools
Windows, Mac UVM Software Archive
GraphPad Prism
  • easy to use
  • excels at nonlinear regression
  • live links: when data are edited or replaced, results and graphs are automatically updated
  • created for scientific community
  • complex data sets
  • exploratory data analysis
Windows, Mac UVM Software Archive
R
  • free and open source
  • high quality graphics
  • variety of add-on packages available
  • flexible and robust programming language
  • steep learning curve
  • quality of packages varies
  • no standard help resources
Linux, Windows, Mac download free
Excel
  • very easy to use
  • convenient for data entry
  • acceptable for only basic data analysis
Linux, Windows, Mac UVM Software Archive