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Prism for Statistics

Discussion in 'Psychology [Psy.D. / Ph.D.]' started by soccercat, Aug 29, 2017.

  1. soccercat

    soccercat Postdoc

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    I was wondering if anyone has used Prism before to do their stats in and what their thoughts are about this vs. SPSS. My postdoc is willing to purchase SPSS for my use but before I do that I want to confirm that I'm not needlessly spending their money if Prism (which they already use for their biomedical research) works just as well. Additionally, is it easy to transfer SPSS files into a Prism friendly file? What about Excel? (I have several data sets from previous research and I'd hate to have to spend hours transferring them over).

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  3. WisNeuro

    WisNeuro Board Certified Neuropsychologist
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    What about R? SPSS just seems to get more expensive and less user friendly for social science stats as the years go on.
     
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    Take with a grain of salt, I have never personally used PRISM. But, colleagues with some experience generally tell me that it's fine if you are doing basic statistical research, but that it can't handle more complex statistics. So, probably fine for most of us, unless you're doing some crazy **** statistically.
     
  5. soccercat

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    I'm not really a stats person so I have no desire to do anything that is really crazy (plus we have a statistician on staff). This more so we can run basic stuff like descriptives, T tests, correlations, regressions, etc. without having to wait/bother anyone. Seems like it would be fine...as long as my data sets will still be usable.
     
  6. MamaPhD

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    I'm not familiar with Prism, but SPSS is expensive and bloated. I switched to Stata and I've been pretty happy with it.
     
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    Good to know. Seems like I'm the most knowledgeable stats psych person in the division (which makes me laugh), so I have the freedom to purchase whatever works for me. But in all honesty I look forward to the day when I can hand over my stats to someone else to do. Ain't nobody got time for that. Unless they pay you specifically to do that.
     

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