I recently left my job at a large engineering company where I became pretty competent in JMP. The program is awesome and Excel now makes me cringe.
I now work at a startup company and have gotten the CEO and other engineers into doing more formal statistical analysis on our experiments. Got the 1-month JMP license everyone was impressed.
Unfortunately, JMP is expensive and we aren’t sure we can afford to bite off that much.
From looking online, Stata seems like a different reasonable paid alternative (perpetual license) but I have zero experience with it.
It also looks like R is the most powerful option out there, you’d just need to learn how to code and use it.
The types of analysis and plots I need to do are all the normal simple ones
-confidence and prediction intervals
-variability gauge charts
In addition, one of the things that I got the most from JMP was the Fit-Model analysis + the predictive profiler inside of it.
I’m not completely inept when it comes to learning programming languages, I just don’t know any broadly useful ones. I taught myself Matlab, VBA, and a little bit of the JMP language but have never done anything like Python or R.
Questions for the statistics community
1) Will I be able to do all those types of analyses in Stata? In R?
2) Is there another program out there I should consider?
3) Is it feasible to learn enough of R in 2-3 days to perform all the types of analyses I discussed above?
4) Is Stata or R capable of generating sufficient types of plots as a visual aid for people who don’t understand statistics?
Any additional pointers are welcome