04 August 2007


I have written approvingly, in an article for the June/July 2007 issue of Scientific Computing World, of the interface used by a statistics program designed for school use. My suggestion was that science can only benefit from the distribution of computerised analytic activity amongst larger sections of the population, that the publishers of statistics software are already looking in that direction, and that the designers of heavyweight packages could do worse than learn from such an interface.

Until such time as top end tools acquire front ends accessible to lay users, however, there are products designed specifically to package exploration friendly controls, plain natural language help on screen, and only those methods useful to the intended user. [read more...]

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