Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2002 15:20:06 -0500
Reply-To: Donald Berwyn <dmberwyn@MAIL.COM>
Sender: "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From: Donald Berwyn <dmberwyn@MAIL.COM>
Subject: Political scientist needs stats pack help!
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Hello, everyone. A couple of months ago, there was a long-running discussion on the potential for S-plus and R as serious competitors to SAS. My dilemna is this: I am a graduate student at a medium-sized university. I am also the quantitative/statistics coordinator for the department. When I first came here, everyone was using SPSS (riduculous, I know!) and I am slowly getting people to switch to SAS. I have heard so many good things lately about S-plus/R that I am actually considering switching over. Converting my colleagues will be quite a task, but I also have another dilemna...Do you think "R" (or S-plus for that matter) are as "teachable" as SAS? If I decide to make the big switch, I will have to train (or help train) colleauges AND undergraduate and graduate students! I currently teach SPSS and (some) SAS in an undergraduate "Statistical Analysis" class...What do you think? Are undergraduate political science majors ready for this? All opinions welcome!
Donald M. Berwyn
Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant
Department of Political Science
University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, TX 76019
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