If you were going to be teaching statistics to graduate students, would you use SPSS (or similar) or R?
I understand the pros of R (free, more flexible/adaptable) and it is clearly popular. I also see the advantage of getting students trained on it early if they are going to use it.
But I wonder if it is realistic to expect most people to invest in a more complex user interface. It seems to me that in most aspects of life the trend is toward simpler user interfaces. Most prefer Qualtrics to programming surveys, Windows/Mac to Linux, etc.
It seems to me that the primary goal of a quant class for psychology students is to help people understand and implement the techniques they will need in their research. Software should facilitate this and not be an impediment. But if the benefit to using R is sufficiently great, maybe it is worth it.
I'd like to discount the cost issue - I know this is important, but it isn't my primary consideration here.
Thanks in advance for any opinions!