Hello all,

I was looking at some applied stats books to further my education beyond where my intro stats course left off... the problem is that many of these books nowadays assume you have some sort of specialized stats software packge available. The intro stats course I took had sections (at the end of each chapter) on doing those sorts of exercises in MiniTab, Excel, or a TI83/84 (and we were expected to do everything on a TI83/84 - yuck!). The 'higher level' texts all seem to expect MiniTab, SPSS, SAS, etc.

So... my question is, is the current version PSPP close enough in functionality to SPSS to be usable (more or less) straight across with one of these texts? I'd rather not end up with a $100 paperweight that is unusable without a $1000+ software package...