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The teacher asked, " Can you give me a good example of how heat expands things and cold contracts them?" "Well," one alert pupil answered, "the days are much longer in summer.''
Microsoft is trying to add some humor to its error messages in Windows 2000 and up. Here are a couple of examples:
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3 things are certain in life: Taxes, death, and data loss.
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Some Things to Ponder
Menu Driven & point and click T radeoff in statistical software between its "ease of learning" and its "power". Fathom DataDesk SAS SPSS SPLUS or R XLIPSTAT Review of Software Packages for teaching High School Statistics great number of powerful and fast statistical tools as well as data management capabilities. Middle Ground ARC MiniTab Ecel - Megastat
Chart One DataDesk can also be bundled with ActivStats, in which case it becomes a fairly complete textbook/software package. ActivStats is a wonderful reference book/self-guided learning tool. http://www.datadesk.com/ DataDesk Predominantly a teaching tool. No ANOVA or multiple regression. Easy-to-use simulation is animation. Contains many features that make this possibly the first-choice for classroom demonstrations. Runs on PC and Mac (Classic). OSX version is in the works. http://www.keycollege.com/catalog/titles/fathom.html Fathom Characteristics High Scorers On Ease of Use
Arc user-friendly (i.e. menu-driven) package. ARC does one thing very, very well: linear regression. In fact, more of linear regression than you probably thought existed. It was developed to support a book: Applied Regression Including Computing and Graphics , R. Dennis Cook and Sanford Weisberg, 1999 John Wiley & Sons. This is a wonderful book, but somewhat beyond the High School level. Still, you might enjoy it. The software is free and runs on PCs and Macs (but not OSX). Minitab - I have limited direct experience with this one. However, I know it's fairly easy to learn and fairly comprehensive. It has been around for awhile and so has an established track record. It can also be bundled with ActivStats. Not sure whether it runs on Macs, though.
Version 14.2 is most recent
Middle of the Road Packages
The following enhancements and design changes have been made to MINITAB 14.2:
Users may now edit strings, delete rows or columns, and assign different fonts to
header and body text in legends and tables in graphs. For example, users can
remove statistics from tables in a capability analysis graph.
The ability to drag and edit Pie Chart slice labels is now available.
2. Two new graph file formats, GIF (a raster format) and enhanced metafile
(a vector format), have been added.
3. The Chi Square Goodness of Fit – Single Categorical Variable feature provides
a way of testing whether a categorical data set follows a multinomial
distribution with certain proportions.
4. Chi Square Goodness of Fit – Poisson Distribution functionality is now
available to test whether a data set follows a Poisson distribution.
Chart Two: More Powerful Packages Similar to SAS. Runs on Macs & PCs. Slightly easier to learn than SAS. Less variety, still far beyond the concerns of high school statistics. som Stata Popular professional package. Everything and the kitchen sink. Command-driven; type in the right phrase to invoke the appropriate package, & it provides output. Powerful data management capabilities. Difficult to learn. Doesn't run on Macs. SAS We will demonstrate this one SPSS Characteristics Greater Power
Chart Two (Continued): More Powerful Packages stata.com Statiscal Software for professionals Stata ht http://www.sas.com/ Business oriented tp://w SAS SPSS.com Very expensive – lots of support http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/spss/ SPSS Additional Characteristics Greater Power