Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

SAS Institute's: StatView 5.0. (Educator's Evaluation)

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

SAS Institute's: StatView 5.0. (Educator's Evaluation)

Article excerpt

The SAS Institute's StatView 5.0 statistical package is an outstanding statistical data analysis program that is appropriate for all levels of statisticians, from students beginning their study of statistics through professionals engaged in serious advanced analyses.

The graphical user interface and elegant output make this statistics program a powerful teaching tool compared to other traditional spreadsheet programs and textbooks. Data entry is via a familiar spreadsheet format, with data definition being obvious and transparent to most new users. Data may be imported from Excel, SPSS or from other common file formats. Graphics are simply generated with a few clicks of the mouse, and the user controls every format aspect of output tables and graphics.

StatView has distinct advantages over popular spreadsheet programs used in some beginning statistics classes. It is superior to spreadsheets and their add-ins for analyzing and graphing data. Its user and statistical reference manuals, ease of use, common statistical terminology, analyses, graphics and commanding output exceed such programs as Excel. StatView is a cross-platform program, while Excel is platform specific. And StatView has a greater variety of analyses, graphics, formulae and routines than Excel.

As a teacher educator, I have taught statistics to graduate students in education for years (three to six sections each year), and I have never used a program that students enjoy as much as they do StatView. …

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