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Excel isn't a statistics program - it's a spreadsheet program that can be used to do simple statistics, along with many other math functions.

For a REAL stats program - expensive, SPSS. For relatively inexpensive - JMP.

Cheers :-> Bill
 

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I use Systat and Statistica, both of which run in classic. Unfortunately, neither program has been updated in years for the Mac (new Windows versions are available). I particularly like the way Systat operates except for the klunky data module (fixed in Windows of course), but I don't know if you can even buy it now (SPSS now owns them). A colleague uses JMP as is very happy with it. There is an OS X version for it and a demo, which can be downloaded from here.
 

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I know! I was joking!

Anyway, my friends at UBC in stats classes/programs all use JMP and seem quite happy with it.

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What do you need stats for?

I've used a number of programmes, including systat (there was a version back in 95 or so that I loved, great for entry and "cleaning" the data of human error).

For sheer power, SPSS is the cat's meow.

I had to learn SPSS 6.1 "under fire". Systat did not have enough power for the cross-tabs that were needed.

Back "then", I would enter the 1500 or so records, each with 50-75 observation. Push the button, and go home for the night. All that cranking away on a 25Mhz 040 machine.
 

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Back "then", I would enter the 1500 or so records, each with 50-75 observation. Push the button, and go home for the night. All that cranking away on a 25Mhz 040 machine.
I was using the Mac version of SPSS in those days, too. When the situation called for serious number-crunching, though, I had access to another computer, an Amdahl 6360 mainframe, which also used SPSS. Nowadays, I'll bet that my humble G4 has more number-crunching power than that ol' mainframe. Times change!

Cheers :-. Bill
 

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What do you need stats for?
I'm probably going to need stats for a research project that I'm planning to do for school. I am looking for potential programs that I could use for my new mac.
 
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