: JMP 5.0"> Executive Summary: JMP 5.0
JMP 5.0 updates SAS highly integrated statistical exploration package with advanced analytic functions, such as neural-net analysis of data relationships, and improves the products performance in large-scale tasks. Access to Internet-based data sources remains surprisingly tentative and as yet is offered only in its present incomplete form in the Windows version of the product; Mac OS users will find that several of the updates innovations are absent on their platform.
Statistical functions in spreadsheets, such as those in Microsoft Corp.s Excel, are far less accessible and much less sophisticated (especially in their handling of error analysis) than those in JMP. At $995 for a single copy, JMP is not inexpensive, but its integrated scripting facilities can provide considerable leverage in the hands of a few power users, generating reports and presentation graphics that can support improved decision making. (+) Ease of learning; broad analytic capabilities; outstanding ease of access to related analyses and presentation graphics. (-) Limited Internet data acquisition tools; surprising feature gaps between Mac OS and more capable Windows versions. EVALUATION SHORT LIST
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