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From: John Darrington
Subject: Re: SPSS vs PSPP
Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2011 09:57:04 +0000
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On Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 08:04:49AM -0800, Ben Pfaff wrote:
     Rodolfo Martinez <address@hidden> writes:
     > My name is Rodolfo Martinez and I am the Executive Director of Ontario
     > Immigrant Network. We are a non-profit dedicated to grass roots research 
     > immigrant integration issues. We are currently carrying out a large 
     > project which will require a large amount of statistical analysis.?? When
     > originally planning out our budget, we factored in the cost of SPSS.??
     > However, my background with using GNU/Linux over the years led me to 
think of
     > open-source equivalents for some of the software that we use.
     > Obviously, this has brought me to you. So far, it seems that PSPP would 
     > us perfectly. Over the next year, I would like to run a comparison of how
     > PSPP stacks up vs SPSS in our "real world" applications to see if we 
     > maybe share this with other non-profits doing similar projects.?? I was
     > wondering if from time to time someone from your organization may be
     > interested in offering help/pointers, and if you would be interested in 
     > findings at the end of our year long project.
     I don't see any other replies to this, so I'll give it a go.  As
     you run into problems, please feel free to consult the PSPP
     mailing lists for help and pointers.  I am interested in the

I too would be interested.  You say that you will be doing a large amount of
statistical analysis.  Do you anticipate that you will be performing analyses
on large datasets? or just a lot of analyses on smaller data sets?  PSPP should
be able to efficiently cope with large data sets, but you have to make a few 
preparations first.

Also  bear in mind that not all of the analyses have menu options, so if you 
don't see what you need, consult the manual (or ask on address@hidden).


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