We have so many statistical packages out here in data analytics land. Software packages have its strengths and weaknesses. For instance, STATA is great for a quick and dirty analysis. The commands are short and to the point, and you can become quite comfortable using it. However, it costs money. R software is can give you beautiful graphs (effortlessly) and it is free. The R software is accessible and flexible enough to give you the same statistics you could generate with SPSS (another tool). However, R is an acquired taste and you need to dedicate time to master it. There is no such thing as an intermediate R programmer. You either know R or you do not- my opinion.
Now I prefer SAS software because it agrees with the way my brain processes data. I like to see the data management aspect of each procedure along the way. SAS software cost roughly 2,000 to 8000 dollars a user. However, there is a version of SAS that is open to the general public. If you register for it, you can self-study or work with a group. The language itself is very specific. Yet once you know it, you can upload any external file (SPSS, EXCEL, TXT,DAT etc.) for analysis.
For more information, I will be hosting a free webinar this Sunday at 6pm. Information is as follows:
This webinar is for people who would like to learn how to access a free version of SAS on Demand. It helps to know the language, but I will show you a few basic commands to work with the data.
(you will need a microphone/headset for the meeting)
SAS On Demand Introduction
Sunday, May 27, 2018
6:00 pm | Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00) | 2 hrs
Meeting number: 625 743 320
Meeting password: IloveSAS
Registration via PC only: https://bit.ly/2khP1Cu
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