My knowledge of Minitab is limited by my age, I fear. The only version that existed when I last worked with it operated in a UNIX environment on mini‑mainframe computers like the VAX, and it was only used for teaching. Maybe it’s more dynamic now. I have used SPSS quite a bit for SPC program development in aerospace manufacturing environments. Frankly, although I think that SPC is the best tool for basic study because it is designed to separate normal from outside‑influenced variation, predictive modeling really requires more power than most canned SPC systems can offer. I don’t know if she’s on the listserv, but I know that Jessica Archer in WA is getting herself academically tooled-up for playing with multivariate analyses. You may want to shoot the question past her. At the very least, she should be able to tap a professor for some ideas – I’m sure that she is doing the same shopping, so your goals are similar.
Behalf Of Kristen.Strassner@oprhp.state.ny.us
We are hoping to tap into the experience of others managing and analyzing beach data.
At New York State Parks, we currently use Excel's data analysis tool pack for statistical analyses. As you may know, Excel is fairly limited in its applications and not the most user-friendly statistical program! Thus, we are planning on investing in some statistical software. If you have any recommendations as to statistical software that you've found useful in analyzing beach data, we would appreciate them. In particular, we'd be interested in hearing your opinions of SPSS, SAS, Minitab, and PRIMER software.
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