[K12OSN] Request for suggestions regarding comprehensivestatistics on a large survey

Henry Hartley henryhartley at westat.com
Mon Dec 3 14:51:42 UTC 2007

The company for whom I work has a statistical package called WesVar.
Version 5 requires a license (i.e. not-free) but version 4 simply
requires you to give a name, address, and e-mail address.  I have no
idea if they require a "real" name, address, and e-mail address.  Also,
it is a Windows only package although it may run under WINE.  I'm not in
the statistics end of things so I cannot help you with any specifics but
there it is.



-----Original Message-----
From: k12osn-bounces at redhat.com [mailto:k12osn-bounces at redhat.com] On
Behalf Of Daniel Bo
Sent: Monday, December 03, 2007 2:03 AM
To: Hoover Chan; Support list for open source software in schools.
Subject: Re: [K12OSN] Request for suggestions regarding
comprehensivestatistics on a large survey


Thanks for the suggested programs. I did what I could to isolate the
factors I wanted to look at. That there is no ethnic diversity in
South Korea makes this task easier. The data is largely students'
self-assessment, though, so the results will be up for debate no
matter what the results are. I'll look for software handling ANOVA for



On Dec 3, 2007 2:48 PM, Hoover Chan <chan at sacredsf.org> wrote:
> Wow, I hope you had a chance to design the study and examine
assumptions and sampling first before collecting data. That makes the
statistical analysis easier.
> That being said, I have to admit that I too have been in situations
where the data were collected first before thinking about the underlying
statistical models.
> Without knowing anything about your data, I'd imagine that an analysis
of variance (ANOVA) maybe couple with factor analysis may be the best
approach. You can get the tools to do these kinds of analyses with
packages like SAS, SPSS or Statgraphics, among the ones that I've used
in the past.
> Instead of a spreadsheet, you may want to consider storing your data
into some kind of DBMS. Filemaker is a nice one and MS Access can
suffice too. Storing the data in this form can make the retrieval
process easier when it comes time to feeding these data into a
statistics package.
> I hope this helps some.
> --------------------------------------------------
> Hoover Chan                   chan at sacredsf.org
> Director of Technology
> Schools of the Sacred Heart
> 2222 Broadway St.
> San Francisco, CA 94115

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