peterwn wrote:
> On Feb 22, 6:00 pm, Gib Bogle <(EMail Removed)> wrote:
>> peterwn wrote:
>>> On Feb 22, 2:03 pm, Squiggle <(EMail Removed)> wrote:
>>>> Lawrence D'Oliveiro threw some characters down the intarwebs:> Interesting. Gnumeric initially cloned Excel so exactly that it reproduced
>>>>> the same calculation bugs. However, those have now been fixed, while Excel
>>>>> remains as buggy as ever <http://www.csdassn.org/reportdetail.cfm?ID=508>.
>>>> Why would you use a spreadsheet to do statistical anaylysis? There are
>>>> tools designed for doing statistical analysis, SPSS, R and Matlab with
>>>> the stats toolkit all being good examples, and far better choices than
>>>> gnumeric or excel.
>>>> Using excel,gnumeric or any other general purpose spreadsheet for
>>>> statistical analysis sounds a bit like using a baseball bat to drive nails.
>>> Hence the logical conclusion of your argument is that the Excel bugs
>>> do not need fixing as people should be using specialist software for
>>> the task in hand.
>> That is a non sequitur.
>
> Of course. If spreadsheet programs have statistical functions for
> whaever reason, or lack of, they should operate correctly.
Plus willful misconstruing. As you well know, he didn't say anything about the
need to fix bugs in Excel, and to claim such a "logical conclusion" is illogical.
