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Mathematica 6.0: good choice statistics for an MD thesis?

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  • Subject: [mg93179] Mathematica 6.0: good choice statistics for an MD thesis?
  • From: Marc Heusser <marc.heusser at byeheusser.commercialspammers.invalid>
  • Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2008 02:01:51 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: University of Zurich

I need to collect data, do statistical analyses and create graphics for 
the results for my MD thesis (suicides in elderly people).

This means maybe 1500 cases with many variables known like age, 
residence address, religion, method etc (most nominal, not continuous 
variables). I would like to find clusters of similar cases, and find 
predictive factors etc. I have data on some 20 years.

The data must be collected, ie exists in paper form only.

I just got Mathematica 6, and found nice user interface options.

Would you recommend using Mathematica to build a data collection mask 
(ie one case, with drop boxes for most data, checking eg birth date for 
validity etc), and collecting those 1500 cases with it in a notebook or 
external file - what data structure?
Then I would need to combine this with some statistical base facts like 
number of inhabitants in a city (from census data).
And then using the data for statistical tests to see whether we can 
prove an patterns, create clusters, and do a factor analysis of 
contributing factors?
And last present the data in a graphically strong form to present 

If anyone has done parts of this task, especially created a small form 
to collect data in a structure that can be used for the statistical 
tests, I'd be very grateful for some example code to get me started. 
The same goes for data structures and running some built-in statistical 

I have used Mathematica before, older versions, but for very different 
tasks, I have never done statistics in Mathematica before.

Thank you in advance.


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