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PSPP-BUG: Suggestions to make PSPP much easier to use

From: Rick van Rein
Subject: PSPP-BUG: Suggestions to make PSPP much easier to use
Date: Sun, 17 Jun 2012 11:06:18 +0000
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Thanks for making PSPP.  We used it successfully in an MSc assignment,
and never had to resort to its closed relative.

Looking back, I am stunned how much statistical and mathematical
knowledge we had to put into the whole endeavour, and it got me thinking
that this is in fact a shortcoming in the mindset of SPSS/PSPP: IMHO,
these tools should encapsulate as much as possible the knowledge of the
statistical domain of expertise.


With this in mind, I've written a small essay that describes an extended
logic that could be used for these programs.  I know that PSPP is a
sort-of clone of SPSS, but it might be useful if it set up its own
trajectory and let SPSS clone what it has done ;-) so I am sending this
to you guys first of all.  I hope this is useful to you!

Once more, I was happy with the calculations it could automate for us,
and this essay should merely be seen as an attempt by me to give
omething back with a bit of "conceptual analysis" of the tool.  If I
used it a lot, I would start coding it too, but that is not the case.


Rick van Rein

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