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My wife, as mentioned here, did a survey for her masters class. Now she's got to analyze it.

Admittedly she's not a computer person, and I'm not an SPSS person. So I'm helping her, and as i follow the instructions, look up youtube videos, etc., I'm thinking to myself, "Why use SPSS, can't this be done a whole heck of a lot easier and faster in excel?" Of course, what' she's doing is simple, but still...

So, AO'ers who use SPSS, what does it do better than excel?
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I've only seen SPSS. Never actually used it. Allegedly it's 'tailored' for the social sciences somehow?
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I've only seen SPSS. Never actually used it. Allegedly it's 'tailored' for the social sciences somehow?
I've only heard of it. And that was on this board. Isn't there a DataScienceOutpost.com that discusses these things??
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I used it.

In college, 20+ years ago.

I do not remember anything about it, except to make sure your punch cards are in the proper order.
Could also use the one-inch paper punch-roll.
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I used it.

In college, 20+ years ago.

I do not remember anything about it, except to make sure your punch cards are in the proper order.
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I used it.

In college, 20+ years ago.

I do not remember anything about it, except we most definitely did not use punch cards.
And that it was mostly grad level psych majors who were clueless about statistics, and at least one undergrad (myself) who thought it was the easiest A she ever got.
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Is there some requirement that BJ has to use SPSS?

R probably has a package or two specifically tailored to survey analysis.

I've never used SPSS. Maybe it's amazing.
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Is there some requirement that BJ has to use SPSS?

R probably has a package or two specifically tailored to survey analysis.

I've never used SPSS. Maybe it's amazing.
yes. I offered to do her analysis in excel and send her the results, but she had to hand in her data files, etc. She (and i) were learnign the thing via youtube videos to get her stuff done. It was very cumbersome. As clarinetist said, the UI was horrible.
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