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Old 08-29-2005, 03:55 PM   #1
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Statistical Software packages


I am anticipating having a need for a stable statistical package, especially with MultiDimensional Scaling capabilities (Smallest Space Analysis). I have checked out Forrester's ViSTA which is a Lisp-based suite, but was curious if there are any other packages that might ape SPSS or similar. I think there was a Python-based project that did basic stats, called SolStat (??), but haven't been able to find anything under that name. I think there's something called "R" (??), but that seems to require its own language and seems as confusing as hell, with complicated inputs into GnuPlot. I was hoping for something a little more integrated and robust.

Any ideas, links?

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Old 08-30-2005, 09:03 AM   #2
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If you've got deep pockets there's SAS for linux.

I've tried to get it through my university. But their site license only includes, Windows, Mac, and Solaris.
 
Old 08-30-2005, 11:31 AM   #3
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I think that we can safely assume that I do not have deep pockets

I remember SAS from my Varsity days. I think that the de facto standard has shifted from SAS to SPSS, but I stand to be corrected.

I've trawled through Savanna (GNU/FSF) and while there are some programmes that seem quite exciting, the homepages are either dead or they require a host of baggage to be installed before their programme might work!! Not so cool. Has anyone ever tried ViSTA for GNU/Linux? I used it a few times under Windows many years' back and appreciated its workings (some of the multiple windows would get on my nerves and also there were occasional problems writing to the data sheet in a way that could be handled by outside applications). If nothing else, then I'll use ViSTA and SolStat (is that what it is called?), but I was just curious what else might exist. As mentioned, I am particularly interested in the MDS/SSA components for proximity modelling.
 
Old 08-30-2005, 11:34 AM   #4
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I didn't figure you had deep pockets but I figured I'd throw it out there.

I didn't know if you were associated with an organization that had site licenses or not.

FWIW, I know very few people in my field of research who do not use SAS.
 
Old 08-30-2005, 12:13 PM   #5
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Hey Sparky - what is your field of research, as a matter of interest? When I do undertake the research I am intending to do (social science), it would be on a shoe-string, because I am hoping to use it as a "loss leader" and leverage it for bigger and better things. So, free as in speech and beer would be ideal
 
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I'm a PhD student in Plant Pathology working on a Crop Disease Prediction system.

Most of the agricultural research I've done has been analyzed using SAS.
 
  


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