A comparative product evaluation of UEDIT2 versus Excel with application to the DHRSC survey of health care preferences in the Monterey catchment
Barnet, John H.
Lewis, Peter A.W.
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A product evaluation of the APL2-based spreadsheet editor, UEDIT2, is conducted. The program was developed at the Naval Postgraduate School by Professor Lewis, Peter A.W.. A comparison of the program is made against Microsoft Excel (Version 5.0). The areas of comparison are hardware requirements, file operations, file editing, and statistics. Strengths and limitations of each program are discussed with the intent of improving UEDIT2. The main advantage of this program are its ease of use for beginning students, its ability to manipulate categorical data and perform preliminary data analysis, and its APL2 substructure. In addition, UEDIT2 provides an excellent way to prepare data for importing into prevalent statistical packages such as AGSS, SPSS, and S-PLUS. UEDIT2 is used to conduct a data analysis on a Defense Health Resources Study Center survey comparing usage patterns of military health care beneficiaries in the Monterey region over two different time periods. Emphasis is placed on how UEDIT2 is used as an editor to perform preliminary data analysis and import data into AGSS for graphical representation. Results of the analysis indicate a reduction in military treatment facility use, but not a comparable increased reliance on TriCare sponsored health care. Little change in using private payments or private facilities has occurred between the two samples.
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