"Statistical Computing: A Language or a Graphical Interface?"
with Daniel Kaplan, Macalester College; and Jason Wilson, Biola University
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There are two basic kinds of statistical software used in classes: graphical-user interface systems such as Fathom/Minitab/spreadsheets versus language-based systems such as R. This session will be a friendly debate between proponents of the two kinds of systems. In order to keep the discussion grounded, we'll orient the debate around specific computational tasks encountered in introductory statistics and the ways these can be extended to the sorts of statistics needed in applied work.