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Issue of learning SPSS and R

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BigBoss    10

Since my graduation I have realised how SPSS, which I was taught to use at UG and MSc is now becoming out dated. I want to know whether anyone else has experience this in their pursuits in the working world? I'm a little disappointed that I will need to invest a substaintial amount of time to learn something like Stata or R which appear to be the up and coming market leaders in statistical software.

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Bobby    10

SPSS was purchased by IBM sometime in the last decade. Prior to that I agree it used to be taught at most institutions - if not all as the main package. Yes, R and others have come about for a number reasons. Some of them might be related to the fact that they are open source - no costly license fees, easier to maintain and more powerful.

R for instance requires more time in learning the programming aspect. One might argue however that students need to learn how to program anyway as we are in a technological revolution. It's a very good skill to have.

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Cognitive    10
14 minutes ago, Bobby said:

SPSS was purchased by IBM sometime in the last decade. Prior to that I agree it used to be taught at most institutions - if not all as the main package. Yes, R and others have come about for a number reasons. Some of them might be related to the fact that they are open source - no costly license fees, easier to maintain and more powerful.

R for instance requires more time in learning the programming aspect. One might argue however that students need to learn how to program anyway as we are in a technological revolution. It's a very good skill to have.

I need to second the bit about programming.

What is also becoming more prevalent is employers looking for candidates with proficiency in programming might be related to the experiment.For instance I recently apply for position And they wanted programming knowledge in Matlab. Which I thought was too to ask for a junior research role in the lab. Similarly I have come Across positions which would require programming abilities for experiments.

In a nutshell, understanding how to program in Python won't be a waste of time.  

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Bobby    10

Programming in general is a long-term learning activity, it's much like learning a new language. If you don't need Python yet cut down the amount of hours you'd spend learning it. Learn R instead if you're going to be using it more nearer in the future.

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