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# Peer Review

by Margaret Yau

## Ratings

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 Reviewed: Sep 19, 2013 by Statistics Editorial Board Overview: This module is a powerful Java download that allows for basic statistical computations and procedures to be done quickly and thoroughly. It allows for one to manually input data or upload a data file into the spreadsheet. It is very similar to other popular statistical analysis software such as Minitab, StatCrunch or Excel – MegaStat. Type of Material: Simulation Recommended Uses: I’d suggest using this in the classroom during lecture and demonstration. The student can use this at home since it is easily downloaded. This can even be used in a team setting. Technical Requirements: Statcato requires Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 1.6 or higher. Identify Major Learning Goals: - The learner will be able to easily analyze a dataset both graphically and numerically. - The student can use the ‘Help’ directory to learn the formulas and calculations behind the functions built into Statcato. - The learner will gain a more complete understanding of how the different pieces of statistics all fit together into one cohesive picture. Target Student Population: Elementary statistics at the high school or college level. Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: General understanding of spreadsheets would be helpful. Basic knowledge of Excel should suffice. Students should have a basic understanding of inferential statistics so they know which test to run based on their data.

### Content Quality

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 Strengths: The tool serves its purpose well. It facilitates statistical practice and is free. It includes adequate resources, including tutorials and help files.

### Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

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 Strengths: Module encourages exploration. Ease at which statistical methods can be accomplished will allow for students to gain instant satisfaction. Includes a complete set of concepts covered in an introductory statistical course. Easy to write assignments on data analysis problems, which in turn will promote student discovery.

### Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

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 Strengths: Very easy to use! If student has even a basic understanding of Excel, they shouldn’t have any problem navigating this module.

Other Issues and Comments: Incredible free tool! Replaces need for expensive calculators or software to do basic statistical analyses.
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