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6166 Statistical Methods in Research I

PACKAGES  With possible few exceptions, the latest versions of these packages have all the features needed for this course.  
MINITAB  A menudriven, allinone
statistical and graphical analysis software package, known
for its easeofuse, reliability, and broad collection of methods. The
professional version is expensive, but an affordable student version is
also available. Two options here are to either order it bundled with
the textbook, or rent it from Minitab for the semester. Details at www.minitab.com. Note that the
student version has (among others) limitations on the size of datasets
that can be analyzed, but it is sufficient for this course.
As of Fall 2007, Texas Tech does not have site licenses to offer students. However, apart from Minitab's own rental option, students can also rent rent a copy for 6 months from eacademy. 

SAS  A complete statistical data analysis and data management
package. Used by most applied statisticians. Expensive, but Texas Tech
faculty/staff/students can get a site license from TTU's Technology
Support Center for a reasonable fee. The Center also offers free
training shortcourses in SAS. SAS is also freely available on all computers in the library.
SAS uses a scripting language to tell the computer what data manipulations and computations to perform. The learning curve for the language is much longer than for some of the other menudriven packages. You can see more about the package by linking to www.sas.com. 

SPSS 
Another complete statistical data analysis package, one
primarily designed for data analysis in the social sciences. This is a
menudriven package that provides output "objects" that can
be cut and pasted as is into word processing documents. It is similar
to Minitab. Texas Tech
faculty/staff/students can get a site license from TTU's Technology
Support Center for a reasonable fee. The Center also offers free
training shortcourses in SPSS.
Check out http://www.spss.com/. 

JMP  This is a menudriven analysis package from SAS Institute that has gained much appeal in the biological sciences. JMP's approach to data analysis is very much exploratory, hence statistical graphics is integral to the output. You purchase JMP outright (like Minitab) and there is a student edition that can be bundled with the textbook. Check out http://www.jmpdiscovery.com/product/index.shtml. Also, there are JMP books available from the Duxbury Site.  
S+  S+ is an objectoriented, command driven programming language that is specifically designed for statistical analysis. Many academic statisticians are using S+ because it allows them the flexibility to modify and combine existing procedures and program new, recentlyreleased methodologies. The learning curve for S+ is the longest of any of the packages discussed here, but it is also the most flexible. The most recent version of S+ has menus and associated dialog boxes, file import and graph export capabilities that make it much more user friendly. It can be purchased outright or under a license agreement and is not cheap. Check out www.statsci.com.  
Matlab  Similar to S+, Matlab is an objectoriented command driven programming language, but is specifically designed for/by the engineering sciences. It has full statistical analysis capabilities. It is expensive, but student versions are available for a lower cost. Check out www.mathworks.com.  
R  R is a freeware objectoriented, command driven programming language tailored after the original S+ system. This is not a menudriven system but it does have all of the features needed for this course. And of course, it is Free. It has the same long learning curve as S+. Check out http://cran.us.rproject.org/.  
EXCEL 
A spreadsheet program, EXCEL has a statistical analysis addin tool that will perform some of the analyses requested as part of this course. The statistical analysis addin has some limitations, especially as we get to more complex analyses. Graphics are excellent but often not of the type particularly useful for statistical analysis. There are other statistical analysis addin packages for EXCEL that can be purchased (see for example Analyseit or XLstat ), but the instructor has no experience with them. Finally, EXCEL, QUATTRO PRO and other spreadsheet program are excellent platforms for entering raw data and performing minor data manipulations. Plan on using your spreadsheet program but also add one of the statistical analysis packages above to your professional tool kit. 

Others 
We cannot begin to list all of the statistical analysis packages currently available. If the packages is available to you at home or work and you want to use it, first check that it has routines for the analyses listed in the next table. Check out the list of 129 statistics and mathematics packages at the link below. These provide United Kingdom suppliers, but you can easily find the US suppliers from these links. http://www.stats.gla.ac.uk/cti/links_stats/software.html. 
Of course, you probably haven't had statistics yet, so this list may not make much sense to you. This is why the programs listed above are recommended; they meet most if not all of the requirements below. If you choose another package, you can check its user's guide to see if it has sections that look somewhat like the following. Otherwise you can take your chances and hope it is all there (in most cases it will be there since these are basic statistical routines that any statistics package should have). Other Statistical Programs should be able to do the following:
Statistical Graphics  Construct, bar charts, pie charts, scatterplots and most importantly histograms. In addition it would be great if the program could construct 3dimensional plots and 2dimensional contour plots. 
One and Twosample tests  Perform one and twosample z and ttests. Output pvalues. In addition, it will simplify your life if the program has a routine for computing sample sizes for these tests. 
Frequency table.  Perform a one and twosample Chi Square test and output associated pvalues. 
Regression analysis  Perform simple and multiple regression analysis. Estimate parameters, confidence intervals, confidence and prediction bands on the predicted regression model. Output the model associated analysis of variance table. Facilitate variable selection in multiple regression. In addition, it would be nice if it also provided the facility to perform a residual analysis and had some facility for outlier or influential point detection. 
Analysis of Variance  Provide analysis of variance computations for standard multiple treatment factor designs in completely randomized, randomized complete block and Latin square designs. 
Analysis of covariance  Provide analysis of covariance computations for one covariate in a completely randomized design with one treatment factor at multiple levels. 
Generalized Linear Models (GLM's)  Be able to do GLM's with common link functions, in particular Logistic and Poisson Regression; unbalanced ANOVA's; incomplete block designs; etc. 
Linear Mixed Models (LMM's)  Be able to do LMM's which are linear models with both fixed and random effects. 