|If you mention StatPac to a colleague, they'll probably know us as the crosstabs and banner tables software company. That's how we became famous 25 years ago, long before many of today's survey software companies existed. We've changed a lot is the past 25 years, but people still know us as the crosstabs software company. We were great then and we're even better now.|
StatPac survey software is in a class by itself when talking about the statistical analysis of survey data. No other survey software package offers the depth of reporting capabilities, especially, the ease in which tables can be created. Batch processing lets you quickly generate reports with hundreds of tables.
StatPac is the right choice if you're an analyst who conducts many surveys. Creating reports is fast, and the quality of the reports is unmatched.
|All statistical analyses and reports created by StatPac survey software are Microsoft Word documents. No importing or exporting is necessary. This means you can open them in Word and easily make any changes you want. You can also give them directly to your clients without worrying about how they'll look on your client's machine.|
|StatPac was designed exclusively for processing surveys. It's not a general purpose statistical analysis package. Surveys have special requirements and that's where StatPac excels.|
The most important distinction between StatPac survey software and the others how easily and quickly the reports are created. StatPac uses a command system, where you type a command to perform an analysis. A single command can create hundreds of pages of output. For example, FR V1 - V100 would create a frequency analysis table for the first hundred variables in a study. Most other packages use a menu system, where you make a series of menu selections to run an analysis. Some people would argue that using a menu to select analyses and variables is easier than typing a command. We would probably agree that menus are easier until you've learned the software. After that, menus only slow you down. Once you've learned the software, typing commands is much faster.
We're often asked how difficult it is to learn StatPac's commands. Our answer... it's not at all difficult, but it takes a little time. Want proof? Here's a short lesson in how to design analyses with StatPac survey software.
|Please pay attention. In three minutes you'll know how to specify analyses using StatPac.|
Nearly all surveys use just four types of analyses (frequencies, descriptive statistics, listing verbatim data, and banner tables). At a minimum, you have to learn the commands to run these four analyses. The first two characters are used to specify the analysis type. They are:
FR for a frequency analysis (counts and percents)
DE for descriptive statistics (mean, standard deviation, median, etc.)
LI for list (listing the open-ended verbatim responses)
BA for banner tables (one variable or set of variables broken down by another variable or set of variables)
Questions on a survey are referred to as variables. V1 is the first variable, V50 is the fiftieth variable and so on. You can specify a single variable or use a dash to specify a range of variables. V10 - V20 means variables 10 through 20 inclusive. Here are examples:
|What you want||The command to do it|
|Frequency analysis of variable 7||FR V7|
|Descriptive statistics for variables 2, 3, 4 and 5||DE V2 V3 V4 V5 or DE V2 - V5|
|List the responses for variable 9||LI V9|
|Banners of variables 1 and 2 broken down by V33||BA V1 V2 BY V33|
Okay. The three minutes is up. Let's see if you know the commands. After you think you know the command, click the show answer link to find out.
|What you want||The command to do it|
|List the responses for variable 87|
|Counts and percents of variables 5, 9, and 40 to 50|
|Descriptive statistics for variables 50 to 60|
|Banners of variables 7 and 8 broken down by V14|
You get the idea. The commands are not difficult and they will be much faster than a menu system, but you'll have to practice a little bit at first. If you're willing to spend the time to learn StatPac survey software, the accumulated time savings will grow every time you do a survey.
|Efficiency and speed are not the only benefits you should be looking for. If you want to be able to control the appearance and content of the statistical reports, then you need to be able to specify analysis control options. They determine how an analysis will be performed and what will show on the report.|
There are many control options available for each kind of analysis. You'll probably use only a few on a regular basis and once you know them, you can type them like the analysis commands. But since there are so many options, they can also be selected from a menu. When you first begin using StatPac you'll use the options menu to set the default layouts and analysis reporting options to what you want. That way, you won't have to set them whenever you run an analysis. An options screen looks like this:
One of the nicest features in StatPac is the creation of a "codebook". A codebook is basically a list of all the questions and response choices. It serves as the foundation for all the functions in StatPac and it defines the format for the data. For example, if you change the wording of a question (in the codebook), that change will be manifest in the Internet survey, data manager form, and the analysis reports. Even better is how easily the codebook can be created from a Microsoft Word document.
|The whole purpose of a survey software program is to produce clear and understandable statistical analyses and reports. This is the area where StatPac shines the most and leaves the competition far behind.|
StatPac creates it's reports directly as Microsoft Word documents. If you want to edit or make a change to a report, just load it into Microsoft Word and do it. There's no fussing around with imports or exports.