[R] R vs SPSS

Nassar nassar at noos.fr
Thu Nov 25 16:40:03 CET 2004


I use SPSS mainly for descriptive analysis (tables, graphs, factor
analysis..) and for data manipulation (you can see your data and
verify/control each step of your manipulation), mainly exploring the
analysis I need to develop in R (advanced clustering modelling,
SPSS huge worry : ITS VALUE.. Just actualize the annual fees ..
If you have a lot of data manipulation and table/easy graphs production, you
can consider it..
For statistical issues, spend the money into R trainings and R contribution

Best regards
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[mailto:r-help-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch]De la part de Frank E Harrell
Envoyé : jeudi 25 novembre 2004 15:57
À : Vito Ricci
Cc : r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch
Objet : Re: [R] R vs SPSS

Vito Ricci wrote:
> Dear all,
> in last weeks you discussed about R vs SAS.
> I want to ask your opinion about a comparison between
> R and SPSS. I don't know this software, but some weeks
> ago I went to a presentation of this product. I found
> it really user-friendly with GUI (even if I'd prefer
> command line) and very usefull and simple to use in
> creation and managing tables, OLAP tecniques, pivot
> table.
> What you think about?
> Cordially
> Vito

What worries me about SPSS is that it often results in poor statistical
practice.  The defaults in dialog boxes are not very good in some cases,
and like SAS, SPSS tends to lead users to make to many assumptions
(linearity in regression being one of the key ones).
Frank E Harrell Jr   Professor and Chair           School of Medicine
                      Department of Biostatistics   Vanderbilt University

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