[SciPy-dev] SciPy versus Matlab, Excel, and other tools

A.J. Rossini rossini at blindglobe.net
Thu Oct 25 08:06:43 CDT 2001


>>>>> "Jochen" == Jochen Küpper <jochen at jochen-kuepper.de> writes:

    Jochen> Excel? What kind of "scientist" did you ask? I don't know
    Jochen> any serious scientist who uses Excel for more than
    Jochen> calculating a mean or getting a histogram. (Btw, these
    Jochen> people also publish standard deviations for 2-value
    Jochen> means... Well, it's not wrong, I guess)


I sadly know many excellent scientists who primarily do analyses in
excel.  They do take a bit of time to get the analyses out, and the
analyses tend to be correct, if simplistic (many corrected t-tests
rather than a reasonably single linear (regression/anova) model).

Don't judge the tool-user by the tools, however, the mark of a good
one is the ability to convert when presented with evidence :-).

best,
-tony


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