This page is mostly based on a meeting held on Sept 26, 2008
Of course, anyone interested in making software decisions should contact the unit's IT person for discussion of feasibility!
- General consensus seems to be that user friendliness is the most important quality we look for in a piece of software.
- Affordable price is another big concern.
- It may or may not be a good idea to teach Statistics and statistical software in the same class depending on the amount of lab time available. It might be a good idea in some cases to just leave it up to the students to play with Excel following the textbook.
- People tend to like the piece of software they were trained on. Bruce likes Minitab, Carie likes SPSS.
JMP (JMP 7)
Users: Mike W (BIO300), Eugenia (STAT200)(past)
OSes: Mac, Windows, Linux (limited; can't find student licences for linux).
Eugenia was under impression that it's impossible tocopy-paste graph directly from JMP to word processing software butMike W has demonstrated that it's possible (at least in the latestversion on Macs).
- Student or Faculty licence (full version): US$30 for 6 months, US$50 for a year. For other licenses including perpetual or department/campus annual licenses use this contact form
- Full Version is US$1500 (Win, Mac or Linux)
- 30 days Free Trial (Win, Mac, Linux)
JMP is not offered by UBC IT as of now.
Users: Jonathan (Business students), Eugenia (STAT200)(past), maybe Carie (future)
OSes: Windows, Mac
- you need to enable Data Analysis add-in before you can do anything
- according to Carie, there is a "Student version" of Excel that is even dumber than the "standard" version
- Upd (Dec 1, 2008). Bruce has a contact in Microsfot.
- OpenOffice.Org Calc, which is open source, can perhaps be used instead of MS Excel.
SPSS (SPSS 17)
Users: Carie (Psychology)
OSes: Windows, Mac
- Graduate Pack includes the full version of SPSS Base, SPSS Regression, SPSS Advanced Statistics and SEM. US$80 for 6 months, US$140 for a year, US$200 to buy.
- Career Starter includes SPSS Base. US$46 for 6 months, US$80 for a year.
- Faculty Pack. US$250 for a year.
- 30 days Free trial
UBC IT will be (from April 2009?) offering SPSS licences for $200/year/computer.
R project (R 2.7.2)
Users: Eugenia (STAT)(past)
Freely available from R-project website.
OSes: Win, Mac, Linux, Unix, anything because it's open source
Other software mentioned
NCSS (NCSS 2007)
- Windows only
- cheap, has Power and Sample Size calculator (PASS), easy learning curve (Jonathan)
- 7 day Free Trial
Minitab (Minitab 15)
- Windows only
- Bruce's favourite. Jonathan has use it as well.
- There's a comparison of Minitab and Excel in Keller's book (Jonathan).
- Pricing for students or faculty: US$30 for 6 month, US$50 for a year, US$100 to buy.
STATA (STATA 10)
- Windows, Mac, Linux, Unices
- Suggested by Jonathan
- Educational pricing. Students can buy it for US$95 (1 year), US$155 (perpetual) for STATA/IC. Labs: US$300 + (N * 85). Dumbed down version is available for cheaper.
The following prices are for educational use only. If used for research prices may or may not vary. All prices are in USD.
|JMP||30||50||see students||30 days|
|SPSS||80 (46)||140 (80)||200||200 (via UBC IT)||200/c/y||30 days|
|Minitab||30||50||100||see students||30 days|
|STAT/IC||95||155||155 via GradPlan||300+85/c/y|