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    I would like to pick up some skills in database & statistical software.

    Which texts are good for self-study in
    SAS, VBA, SPSS & SAP?

    Or are there any websites that offer lessons in these softwares?

    Thank you.

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    I would recommend Stata, and there are plenty tutorials online.

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    personally I found stats softwares more or less the same. I started with R, and mainly worked on R still, but I also work with STATA, SAS and JMP. They have their own strength and shortcomings, and it does not really matter which one you learn, cos you learn one and you will pick up others pretty fast..

    If I were you, I will start on R, cos it's free, period...

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    Fir database; you can learn MS Access. You'll need to learn a but of Visual Basic to create the user interface of the database and also probably use something like Crystal reports for presentation.
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    learn R

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    SAS, Stata, R, etc good things to know, but the software that is most likely to be used for your class assignments is Matlab. The basic macroeconomics, finance, econometrics, etc classes all use it. More advanced applied micro courses might use SAS or Stata, where you don't have to get bogged down to code an elementary simultaneous equations or random effects model. R is hardly ever required for any course, though it's nice to know. As for learning Matlab, don't worry too much about it. There is a tutorial floating on the internet. It should take you a few hours to read it and start doing useful things with it. Of course, there is a lot more to it than in a tutorial, so you might consider buying a book if you find it useful.

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    I've only used Matlab for numerical analysis. i wasn't even aware of its statistical computing capabilities until a short time ago. Does much of the Matlab use you are referring to involve the Stats toolbox? Or is it much deeper than that? Thanks in advance.


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