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Statistics

Although statistics programs are specialized applications not meant for novices, many businesses make heavy use of them to analyze sales data and project trends, examine customer demographics, perform market research, and do data mining. The Mac population is tiny when compared with the Windows market, but there is no shortage of heavy-duty statistical packages for the Mac. Below, you'll find my impressions of two such powerhouses: SPSS Base 10.0 and Stata 7.

SPSS Base 10.0

Want to do some serious computing with your Mac? Formerly a mainframe application found mainly in university and corporate computing centers, SPSS Inc.'s SPSS Base 10.0 ($999; www.spss.com) has successfully made the transition to desktop computers. SPSS enables statisticians, market researchers, and scientists to perform sophisticated statistical analyses on personal and corporate data sets.


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