MathSoft package mines data

The package visually models data on desktop computers, said Shawn Javid, director of
marketing and business development for the Cambridge, Mass., company's Data Analysis
Products Division. Besides statistical modeling, S-Plus can do nonparametric modeling,
clustering, classification and summarization of data.

The package runs on any Microsoft Windows 3.x, Windows 95 or NT platform with 16M of
RAM, and it works with Open Database Connectivity-compliant databases. Javid said versions
for five Unix platforms are in the works.

Users can add to the S-Plus 4.0 library of more than 2,000 statistical and graphical
functions. The software can import data in Microsoft Excel and Object Linking and
Embedding 2.0-compatible worksheet formats, as well as from statistical packages of SAS
Institute Inc. of Cary, N.C., and SPSS Inc. of Chicago. Users can customize the menus,
tool bars and dialog boxes.

MathSoft has users at the Air Force, Navy, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
NASA and National Institutes of Health.

S-Plus 4.0 starts at $1,795. Current customers get a 50 percent discount, Javid said.
MathSoft offers licensing with maintenance and upgrades on its General Services
Administration schedule contract.

Contact MathSoft at 206-283-8802.

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