11 Analytics Softwares

1) R

R is open source, is similar to S and you can find ample support groups online. The only down side is that R does not have a good GUI (yet ..). It does have a rudimentary data GUI




3) Minitab

  • http://www.minitab.org
  • 4) E Views


    5) For Bayesian Inference


    6) Matlab


    7) Jim LeSage’s econometrics toolbox


    8) Office 2007 and Excel 2007 (www.microsoft.com) 🙂

    Office 2007 and Excel 2007 now supports up to 1,048,576 rows. If you were going to make the upgrade anyhow, it might save you a few bucks over an expensive statistics package. The statistics plugin for Office 2007 is a lot better than previous versions as well. Runs almost as many analytics as SPSS.

    9) JMP


    10) www.sas.com

    11) www.spss.com

    Sites for country analysis Data

    Please note these websites will have their own citation /quotation/copyright  policy. This is in addition to the seperate list created on qualitative data (see archives) –

    1) Eurostat’s web site (at ec.europa.eu/eurostat) for data on European Union Member States

    2)International Monetary Fund’s website.


    3) EarthTrends

  • http://www.earthtrends.wri.org/searchable_db/index.php?theme=5
  • 4) Nation Master


    5) France


    6) CIA World Fact Book


    7) World Bank (Covered earlier in achives of decisionstats.com)


    8) UN Stats


    9) BBC


    10) Economist.com


    11) OECD – Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development


    Please do let us know of feedback

    5 Graphing Softwares for the Web

    Here is a list of softwares apart from Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight

    1) PHP offers the ability to dynamically create Shockwave Flash files.
    In addition, you can try the tool named PHP/SWF Charts.

    2) Another library for PHP is Open Flash Chart
    An article illustrating how to use it is here

    3)  you want a nice lightweight charting facility for the web with a simple API, you could try the Google Charts API, which is free to use and incorporate into your own applications

    4)Crystal Xcelsius

    Industry leading interactive data visualization.

    Create interactive Excel dashboards, business presentations and visual calculators from ordinary spreadsheets – then integrate them into PowerPoint, Word, PDF and the Web.

    5) Some other softwares

  • http://www.flashactionscript.org
  • http://www.flashkit.com
  • http://www.fusioncharts.com/Default.asp
  • http://www.spreadsheetconverter.com/excel-web.htm
  • Politics, Polls, Globalization

    1) US Presidents for past three decades

    Bush-Clinton-Clinton-Bush-Bush- Clinton (standing for election)

    Indian PM’s for first three decades

    Nehru-Gandhi-Gandhi-gap years -Gandhi (now standing for election)

    2) Polls

    Prediction -Result

    Clinton will win IOWA. Hence Obama wins IOWA by 9 points

    Obama lead in New Hampshire by 10 points . Hence Clinton wins New Hampshire.

    Polls predict close race in Gujarat. Hence Narendra Modi wins 2/3 rds majority.

    Globalization (in Movies)

    Richard Attenbourgh makes Gandhi

    Shekhar Kapur makes Elizabeth

    Do Monkeys Pay for Sex?

    According to the paper, “Payment for Sex in a Macaque Mating Market,” published in the December issue of Animal Behavior, males in a group of about 50 long-tailed macaques in Kalimantan Tengah, Indonesia, traded grooming services for sex with females; researchers, who studied the monkeys for some 20 months, found that males offered their payment up-front, as a kind of pre-sex ritual. It worked. After the females were groomed by male partners, female sexual activity more than doubled, from an average of 1.5 times an hour to 3.5 times. The study also showed that the number of minutes that males spent grooming hinged on the number of females available at the time: The better a male’s odds of getting lucky, the less nit-picking time the females received.

    Anger Management



    I was sitting at my desk when I remembered a phone call I’d
    forgotten to make. I found the number and dialled it. A man
    answered, saying “Hello.”
    I politely said, “This is Chris. Could I please speak with Robyn
    Carter?” Suddenly, a manic voice yelled out in my ear “Get the right
    f**in’ number!” And the phone was slammed down on me. I couldn’t
    believe that anyone could be so rude. When I tracked down Robyn’s
    correct number to call her, I found that I had accidentally
    transposed the last two digits.

    After hanging up with her, I decided to call the “wrong” number

    When the same guy answered the phone, I yelled, “You’re an asshole!”
    and hung up. I wrote his number down with the word ‘asshole’ next to
    it, and put it in my desk drawer.

    Every couple of weeks, when I was paying bills or had a really bad
    day, I’d call him up and yell, “You’re an asshole!” It always
    cheered me up.

    When Caller ID was introduced, I thought my therapeutic ‘asshole’
    calling would have to stop. So, I called his number and said, “Hi,
    this is John Smith from Telstra. I’m calling to see if you’re
    familiar with our Caller ID Program?” He yelled “NO!” and slammed
    down the phone. I quickly called him back and said, “That’s because
    you’re asshole!”

    One day I was at the store, getting ready to pull into a parking
    spot. Some guy in a black cut me off and pulled into the spot I
    had patiently waited for. I hit the horn and yelled that I’d been
    waiting for that spot, but the idiot ignored me. I noticed a “For
    Sale ” sign in his back window, so I wrote down his number.

    A couple of days later, right after calling the first asshole (I had
    his number on speed dial), I thought that I’d better call the BMW
    asshole, too.
    I said, “Is this the man with the black BMW for sale?”
    “Yes, it is”, he said.
    “Can you tell me where I can see it?” I asked.
    “Yes, I live at 34 Mowbray Blvd , in Vaucluse. It’s a yellow house,
    and the car’s parked right out in front.”
    “What’s your name?” I asked.
    “My name is Don Hansen,” he said.
    “When’s a good time to catch you, Don?”
    “I’m home every evening after five.”
    “Listen, Don, can I tell you something?” “Yes?”
    “Don, you’re an asshole!” Then I hung up, and added his number to my
    speed dial, too.
    Now, when I had a problem, I had two assholes to call. Then I came
    up with an idea. I called asshole #1.

    “You’re an asshole!” I said, but I didn’t hang up.
    “Are you still there?” he asked.
    “Yeah,” I said.
    “Stop calling me,” he screamed.
    “Make me,” I said.
    “Who are you?” he asked.
    “My name is Don Hansen.”
    “Yeah? Where do you live?”
    “Asshole, I live at 34 Mowbray Blvd , Vaucluse, a yellow house, with
    my black Beamer parked in front.”
    He said, “I’m coming over right now, Don, and you’d better start
    saying your prayers.” I said, “Yeah, like I’m really scared,
    asshole,” and hung up.

    Then I called asshole #2.
    “Hello?” he said.
    “Hello, asshole,” I said.
    He yelled, “If I ever find out who you are…”
    “You’ll what?” I said.
    “I’ll kick you’re ass,” he exclaimed.
    I answered, “Well, asshole, here’s your chance. I’m coming over
    right now.”

    Then I hung up and immediately called the police, saying that I
    lived at 34 Mowbray Blvd , Vaucluse, and that I was on my way over
    there to kill my gay lover. Then I called Channel 9 News about the
    gang war going down in
    Mowbray Blvd , Vaucluse. I quickly got into my car and headed over to Mowbray. I got there
    just in time to watch two assholes beating the crap out of each
    other in front of six cop cars, an overhead police helicopter and a
    news crew.

    NOW I feel much better. Anger management really works. 


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