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what is most commonly used in the states?

i am helping out a professor in korea and he is using R program..

it's free, and it's based on the S program..


just out of curiousity, what statistical program do researchers use in the states?
 

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Depends on how familiar you are with statistics and statistical programming. Many epidemiologists and biostatisticians use SAS, some use SPSS. I think those 2 are the most commonly used. SPSS is easier to use because you need to know how to program in SAS.
 

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SPSS has basic programming/syntax involved too -- but that's what we use.
 

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Yeah, we use SPSS too. I like it more than SAS, it just seems easier to use and more user-friendly.
 

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SAS is the most powerful statistical software out there, and commensurate with that power it is practically impossible to use.
 

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SPSS, for all that it's incredibly obnoxious, is actually pretty easy to use compared to some of the alternatives.

SAS is another biggie.

R seems to be growing, and has a TON of open-source modules available, which is perhaps its biggest advantage. If I stop procrastinating, this will be the program I want to learn how to use.

I've seen quite a few papers recently using a program called stata. Haven't tried it. But it seems interesting.
 
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do you people all learn these from scratch? i have a hard time learning statistics TT second to the programs... which books do you recommend for a total newb?
 

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If you are going to use SPSS, I recommend getting the books by Marija J. Norusis. She has 3 books out about using SPSS 17.0, which explain the theory behind statistics pretty well and then explain how to use that theory in SPSS.
 

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STATA is quite popular in graduate programs as it's powerful and by far the easiest to use.
 

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sas, spss, stata, R... I've even seen Excel being used.
literally depends on the investigator, what questions are trying to be answered, and what they are trained in/used to.
 

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We use SIGMA STAT in our lab and sometimes excel for simple quick evaluations.
 

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If you are doing basic stats, PRISM is probably the most user friendly. If you need detailed ANOVAs, SPSS is better. If you need advanced stats, your best bet is to find software someone has written for MatLab or a similar flexible source.
 

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it depends on how well you know biostat. most biostat phd's use R (which is more research oriented). most biostat masters use SAS because it is easier to use, and a lot of things are built in. SPSS is more for non-stat people. SPSS is fine if you just want to get or do basic stat. hope it helps.
what is most commonly used in the states?

i am helping out a professor in korea and he is using R program..

it's free, and it's based on the S program..


just out of curiousity, what statistical program do researchers use in the states?
 

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I use JMP. It is made by the same folks that make SAS but is for mac users. It is relatively easy to use but the graphics leave much to be desired.
 

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Depends on what you are doing...
... and what the PI's preference is.

Do you need something that out-puts great graphics or something powerful to handle masses of data?

SPSS is easy to use, SAS can be a bit of a nightmare as many have said before...

Hint: Read some of the papers by researchers doing similar work -- it usually says "statistical analysis performed with XY software, version ...". It is good practice to include this information somewhere, usually in the "methods" section.