StatFilter: the time vs. money test
October 11, 2010 10:14 AM Subscribe
I am a grad student in a social sciences field who needs to do some "lightweight" statistics work now and then. I used SPSS for a course last year, and it was dandy, but now I've lost my school access to the software. Should I suck it up and buy my own copy of SPSS ($200) or try and learn R?
posted by pantarei70 to Education (12 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I'm doing very basic stuff -- a lot of descriptive statistics, some chi-squares, t-tests, one-way ANOVAs. A lot that can be done with Excel, but I find it a little clunky. I am trying to weigh the time it will take me to learn (free) R vs. spending $200 for SPSS which is a lot more tool than I probably need. But time is such short supply - I could hit the ground running with SPSS.
Any suggestions on R vs SPSS for simple stuff?
Any thoughts on SPSS 17.2 (which I can get for $99) vs. SPSS 18?