Murdoch University Research Repository

Welcome to the Murdoch University Research Repository

The Murdoch University Research Repository is an open access digital collection of research
created by Murdoch University staff, researchers and postgraduate students.

Learn more

The spreadsheet as a statistical platform

Murphy, B.P., Klobas, J.E.ORCID: 0000-0003-2146-7059 and Bartlett, G.A. (1992) The spreadsheet as a statistical platform. In: Page, C. and LePage, R., (eds.) Computing Science and Statistics. Springer, pp. 477-478.

Link to Published Version:
*Subscription may be required


We have found spreadsheets very useful for teaching statistics; students learn quickly when typing and debugging formulae. But after a while, it is necessary to turn to a more traditional statistical package for real-world data examination. WESTAT has been developing the MASS system for some years, a stand-alone statistical package of some size and power, and we have used it extensively for teaching. In the past 6 months we (1.5 persons) have ported MASS completely to sit inside Informix Inc.’s new spreadsheet Wingz on the Mac. We discuss some of the techniques enabling this port, indicating how others can do likewise, and its impact on teaching matters.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Publisher: Springer
Copyright: © 1992 Springer-Verlag New York, Inc.
Item Control Page Item Control Page