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JMP 9 releases on Oct 12- it is a very good reliable data visualization and analytical tool ( AND available on Mac as well)
AND IT is advertising R Graphics as well (lol- I can visualize the look on some ahem SAS fans in the R Project)
Updated Pricing- note I am not sure why they are charging US academics 495$ when SAS On Demand is free for academics. Shouldnt JMP be free to students- maybe John Sall and his people can do a tradeoff analysis for this given JMP’s graphics are better than Base SAS (which is under some pressure from WPS and R)
*Offer good in the U.S. only.
From- the mailer-
|Be First in Line for JMP® 9
Save up to $300 when you pre-order a
single-user license by Oct. 11
Make JMP your analytic hub for visual data discovery with this special offer, good through Oct. 11, 2010. Pre-order a single-user license of JMP 9 – for a discount of up to $300 – and get ready for a leap in data interactivity.
Order now and enjoy the compelling new features of JMP 9 when the software is released Oct. 12. New capabilities in JMP 9 let you:
What if I already have a JMP 8 single-user license?
What if I’m an annual license customer?
What if I work or study in the academic world?
Please feel free to forward this offer to interested colleagues.
Got two or more users?
Remember: Act by Oct. 11!
JMP runs on Macintosh and Windows
Stata is a marvelous software package. Its syntax is well designed, concise and easy to learn. However R offers Stata users advantages in two key areas: education and analysis.
Regarding education, R is quickly becoming the universal language of data analysis. Books, journal articles and conference talks often include R code because it’s a powerful language and everyone can run it. So R has become an essential part of the education of data analysts, statisticians and data miners.
Regarding analysis, R offers a vast array of methods that R users have written. Next to R, Stata probably has more useful user-written add-ons than any other analytic software. The Statistical Software Components collection at Boston College’s Department of Economics is quite impressive (http://ideas.repec.org/s/boc/bocode.html), containing hundreds of useful additions to Stata. However, R’s collection of add-ons currently contains 3,680 packages, and more are being added every week. Stata users can access these fairly easily by doing their data management in Stata, saving a Stata format data set, importing it into R and running what they need. Working this way, the R program may only be a few lines long.
There are many good books on R, but as I learned the language I found myself constantly wondering how each concept related to the packages I already knew. So in this book we describe R first using Stata terminology and then using R terminology. For example, when introducing the R data frame, we start out saying that it’s just like a Stata data set: a rectangular set of variables that are usually numeric with perhaps one or two character variables. Then we move on to say that R also considers it a special type of “list” which constrains all its “components” to be equal in length. That then leads into entirely new territory.
The entire book is laid out to make learning easy for Stata users. The names used in the table of contents are Stata-based. The reader may look up how to “collapse” a data set by a grouping variable to find that one way R can do that is with the mysteriously named “tapply” function. A Stata user would never have guessed to look for that name
I didn’t have enough in-depth knowledge of Stata to pull this off by myself, so I was pleased to get Joe Hilbe as a co-author. Joe is a giant in the world of Stata. He wrote several of the Stata commands that ship with the product including glm, logistic and manova. He was also the first editor of the Stata Technical Bulletin, which later turned into the Stata Journal. I have followed his work from his days as editor of the statistical software reviews section in the journal The American Statistician. There he not only edited but also wrote many of the reviews which I thoroughly enjoyed reading over the years. If you don’t already know Stata, his review of Stata 9.0 is still good reading (November 1, 2005, 59(4): 335-348).
Describe the relationship between Stata and R and how it is the same or different from SAS / SPSS and R.
This is a very interesting question. I pointed out in R for SAS and SPSS Users that SAS and SPSS are structured very similarly while R is totally different. Stata, on the other hand, has many similarities to R. Here I’ll quote directly from the book:
• Both include rich programming languages designed for writing new analytic methods, not just a set of prewritten commands.
• Both contain extensive sets of analytic commands written in their own languages.
• The pre-written commands in R, and most in Stata, are visible and open for you to change as you please.
• Both save command or function output in a form you can easily use as input to further analysis.
• Both do modeling in a way that allows you to readily apply your models for tasks such as making predictions on new data sets. Stata calls these postestimation commands and R calls them extractor functions.
• In both, when you write a new command, it is on an equal footing with commands written by the developers. There are no additional “Developer’s Kits” to purchase.
• Both have legions of devoted users who have written numerous extensions and who continue to add the latest methods many years before their competitors.
• Both can search the Internet for user-written commands and download them automatically to extend their capabilities quickly and easily.
• Both hold their data in the computer’s main memory, offering speed but limiting the amount of data they can handle.
Can the book be used by a R user for learning Stata
That’s certainly not ideal. The sections that describe the relationship between the two languages would be good to know and all the example programs are presented in both R and Stata form. However, we spend very little time explaining the Stata programs while going into the R ones step by step. That said, I continue to receive e-mails from R experts who learned SAS or SPSS from R for SAS and SPSS Users, so it is possible.
Describe the response to your earlier work R for SAS and SPSS users and if any new editions is forthcoming.
I am very pleased with the reviews for R for SAS and SPSS Users. You can read them all, even the one really bad one, at http://r4stats.com. We incorporated all the advice from those reviews into R for Stata Users, so we hope that this book will be well received too.
The second edition to R for SAS and SPSS Users is due to the publisher by the end of February, so it will be in the bookstores by sometime in April 2011, if all goes as planned. I have a list of thirty new topics to add, and those won’t all fit. I have some tough decisions to make!
Here is a list of top 10 GUIs in Statistical Software. The overall criterion is based on-
- User Friendly Nature for a New User to begin click and point and learn.
- Cleanliness of Automated Code or Log generated.
- Practical application in consulting and corporate world.
- Cost and Ease of Ownership (including purchase,install,training,maintainability,renewal)
- Aesthetics (or just plain pretty)
However this list is not in order of ranking- ( as beauty (of GUI) lies in eyes of the beholder). For a list of top 10 GUI in R language only please see -
This is only a GUI based list so it excludes notable command line or text editor submit commands based softwares which are also very powerful and user friendly.
- JMP -
While critics of SAS Institute often complain on the premium pricing of the basic model (especially AFTER the entry of another SAS language software WPS from http://www.teamwpc.co.uk/products/wps – they should try out JMP from http://jmp.com – it has a 1 month free evaluation, is much less expensive and the GUI makes it very very easy to do basic statistical analysis and testing. The learning curve is surprisingly fast to pick it up (as it should be for well designed interfaces) and it allows for very good quality output graphics as well.
The original GUI in this class of softwares- it has now expanded to a big portfolio of products. However SPSS 18 is nice with the increasing focus on Python and an early adoptee of R compatible interfaces, SPSS does offer a much affordable solution as well with a free evaluation. See especially http://www.spss.com/statistics/ and http://www.spss.com/software/modeling/modeler-pro/
While it offers an alternative to Base SAS and SAS /Access software , I really like the affordability (1 Month Free Evaluation and overall lower cost especially for multiple CPU servers ), speed (on the desktop but not on the IBM OS version ) and the intuitive design as well as extensibility of the Workbench. It may look like an integrated development environment and not a proper GUI, but with all the menu features it does qualify as a GUI in my opinion. (more…)