Expert system for Statistics STATEX – 30 years after
10 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2020
Date Written: July 31, 2020
The article provides a summary of a statistical expert system, STATEX, developed by a group of statisticians and programmers in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in 1989-1993. STATEX was designed as a user-friendly tool for advanced data analysis that could be used by non-statistical experts. The software was distributed broadly in several countries of the former Soviet Union. I describe the history of the project, outline the key features of STATEX and compare the software with other statistical packages, both of the past and modern times. This comparison, besides its historical value, suggests that some of the ideas behind STATEX are not obsolete and could be re-applied now in a very different computational environment. The article provides a reference to the pdf file of STATEX User’s guide and reproduces its table of contents.
Keywords: statistical expert system, user friendly software, data cube structure, statistical software, history of statistics
JEL Classification: C44, C87, C88
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