SPSS or Whatever…


Today we didn’t do much with our class time. Although I am glad Prof. Holtgraves went through the tedious steps of how to use SPSS v18 (a.k.a. PASW v18), I don’t feel like we did anything useful. SPSS seems to be very similar to Microsoft Access in how their style of database is set up.

Since I worked very heavily with databases (specifically MS Access 2000) as part of my job, I whizzed through the data entry portion using many of the similar hotkeys. While everyone else finished up, I started to investigate an open source alternative called R.