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I really...really...need a statistics package for linux...something in the line of SAS, Statistica, systat, SPSS...something that I can download and perform good complicated analysis on. I've tried some of the packages listed on SAL (Scientific Aplications for Linux) but I havent found anything that would suit my needs (and that is also free or GPL).
If anyone knows of a good and free package for Statistics that would run in RH8...I would really appreciate it.
I have worked for quite some time with SAS on a IBM Mainframe, and later on the first dos pc's and even, in a pilot on an OS/2 system. With that background I have searched for Linux possibilities. What I have found out is that there was a fight between some amateurs and the SAS Institute. Most Linux software is Open Source and SAS can only be hired. An alternative is the Open Source variant of SSPS. For licence reasons You have to look for PPSP. Good luck.
It has a learning curve (as most good STATS programs do), but is very powerful, it performes incredibly well and after two days, I was doing complex ANOVAS, GLM's, contrasts...the works. The graphic output is still not to good for linux, but the author told me that a new realease is schedulled for December...with improved Graphics. I really like it, it even does easy (two step) Box=Cox transformations. Check it out.
There is also OpenStat, which is a free-ware statistics program, written for the behavioural sciences. I find that it is very SPSS-like in its "feel" and in the statistical commands. I use it on my WinXP system, and it is also available for Linux at this link: http://www.statpages.org/miller/openstat/
I have to admit to trouble getting the program to run properly on my RH9 system using Gnome, but I believe that is a compatibility issue. At any rate, you may want to check it out, especially if you are looking for a menu-driven program.