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Review of Berkely Transposed File Statistical System (PICKLE), Version 1 User's Manual-Edition 2, Survey Research Center, 1971

REVI~S A small (104 pages ) but very useful book titled "An Introduction to Data Management in the Behavioral and Social Sciences" by Sheldon Blockman and Kenneth M. Goldstein (Wiley, 1971) should be brought to the attention of SIGSOC members. It includes chapters on how to punch data cards and layout questionnaires with card punching in mind, and introduction to FORMAT statements, and examples of typical statistical packages (BMD and P-STAT are singled out). I find it a useful book to recommend to people beginning to work on dessertation research projects. I could also be useful in a programming course aimed at social scientists. By: Fred Beisse Computing Center University of Oregon Eugene, Ore. 97403 "Berkeley Transposed File Statistical System ("PICKLE") Version 1 User's Manual-Edition 2. July l, 1971-Survey Research Center, University of California, Berkeley. Price not available. "PICKLE" is a program package primarily designed for the use of statistical operations employed in the analysis of survey data, although it can handle a wide variety of data analysis problems. It oRerates on the CDC 6400 computer. The version presented in the Version 1 User's Manual is the first version of this system available which is intended to be used by people other than a very few experimental users. According to the Berkeley Survey Research Center, a major advantage o f the "PICKLE" system is that the total cost of carrying out most analyses should be considerably cheaper than the cost of using a number of other statistical programming packages. Some of the system's capabilities include recoding, crosstabulation, construction of new variables, regression analysis, and factor analysis. The manual is in a abbreviated form, thus requiring the user to think through the examples rather than read detailed instructions about a specific command. Because of the briefness pf the instructions, the present manual itself may not be sufficient for a beginner who is trying to learn to use this system. The manual does not attempt to explain any of the statistics or procedures available in the system but rather how to control the computation options for them. The assumption is that the user has adequate knowledge about the statistical procedures involved. Because all of the information about the system is not contained in the manual and there are no illustrative print-outs, it is difficult to make a detailed analysis of the system's potential usefulness for teaching or for "production" research use. mj': Lisa Try~ Sociology Computing Lab University of California Santa Barbara - 14 - http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png ACM SIGSOC Bulletin Association for Computing Machinery

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