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Data Management

Statistical Software Support and Consulting Services: Overview

Alan Howard, director of Statistical Software Support and Consulting Services, offers statistical consultation and advice to the students and faculty of the University of Vermont. His office is located in 115 Bailey/Howe Library.

To schedule an appointment, please email Alan Howard, briefly describing your research objectives and days/times of availability.

Services Provided

Alan Howard, director of Statistical Software Support and Consulting Services, is available for discussion at all stages of research, including:

  • Power and sample-size calculations
  • Sample selection
  • Data management (formatting, coding, screening)
  • Experimental design
  • Survey design
  • Creating graphs and tables
  • Choice of statistical tests
  • Interpretation and reporting of results
  • Estimation or prediction
  • Model selection

Quantitative Analysis 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

Qualitative & Mixed Methods Analysis Software

Software Strengths Weaknesses OS Access
HyperRESEARCH
  • easy to use
  • auto-coding and theory building features
  • HyperTRANSCRIBE add-on for transcription
  • excellent help resources
  • cannot bulk-add files
  • no in-depth queries
  • cannot adjust transcription speed
Windows, Mac (reduced functionality) UVM Software Archive
MAXQD
  • excellent for mixed methods
  • easy coding functions
  • excellent help resources
  • projects cannot be accessed by multiple users
  • no auto-coding
Windows, Mac

available for purchase or subscription

Dedoose
  • excellent for mixed methods
  • easy to use
  • good for collaboration
  • web-based; need Internet and Adobe Flash Player
  • limited help features
  • data security concerns with web-based features
Linux, Windows, Mac

available online for monthly fee

Other proprietary software for purchase includes NVivo and ATLAS.ti.