Statistical Papers

, Volume 33, Issue 1, pp 283–306 | Cite as

Statistical software packages for PCs — A market survey

  • T. Bausch
  • U. Bankhofer


The increase of statistical software applications for PCs is caused by decreasing hardware costs and dramatically enhanced PC performance. Whereas in the past the domain of statistical computing has been reserved to mainframe solutions, a great number of new software packages for PCs have come out in the last five years. Therefore, the producers of established mainframe software were also forced to offer PC-based solutions. By limiting a market analysis to products with a medium set of well known statistical methods, the immense number of available products is reduced to about fifty systems. We ordered an evaluation copy of these systems to test the numerical quality, the system speed, and the performance of several procedures. Seventeen packages were made available for an extensive examination. This paper will (1) discuss the problems and the solutions of obtaining a complete and correct datamatrix that describes the entire market and (2) present the results of a comparative market analysis.


User Interface Hardware Platform Loglinear Model Market Analysis Numerical Precision 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Bausch
    • 1
  • U. Bankhofer
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Statistik und Mathematische WirtschaftstheorieUniversität AugsburgAugsburgGermany

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