Minitab Express Adds Data Import from Excel, Bootstrapping and Randomization Tests

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., May 19, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Minitab Express 1.5, an update to the most recent version of this statistical software package for introductory statistics, adds the ability to import from Excel, bootstrapping and randomization tests, and new regression features.

"Bootstrapping has been a popular request among our academic user base, and we're happy to announce that this feature is now available," says Michelle Paret, product marketing manager.

Bootstrapping is a resampling technique that makes no assumption about the distribution, and is a great tool for helping students understand statistical concepts such as sampling distributions. "We've released these new features in Express as part of our ongoing commitment to providing the academic market with the tools they need to teach and learn statistics," says Paret.

With its user-friendly interface and intuitive menus designed to complement leading textbooks, students can use Minitab Express on Mac or PC to quickly analyze their data—benefits that continue in the newest version, which easily imports Microsoft Excel files directly into Minitab Express, includes resampling techniques, new regression features, and more.

Minitab Express 1.5 includes binary logistic regression, which enables users to identify important variables and create predictive models for a binary response. Best subsets and stepwise regression offer two model reduction techniques to identify the best regression equation.

Instructors also have access to new lesson plans for teaching core statistical concepts using Minitab Express or Minitab 17. Class outlines, instructor notes, exercises, answer keys, and Minitab data sets are included.

The update is free for Minitab Express users. More information about Minitab Express, including pricing, licensing, a free 30-day trial version, and the new lesson plans are available at www.minitab.com/academic.

About Minitab Inc.

Minitab Inc. is the leading provider of statistical software for quality improvement and education worldwide. More than 4,000 colleges and universities use Minitab for teaching and research. Thousands of companies in more than 100 countries trust Minitab.

The company's products include:

• Minitab® 17, the leading statistical software used for quality improvement and statistics education.
• Minitab Express™, designed for teaching and learning introductory statistics and is available for both Mac and PC.
• Quality Trainer by Minitab®, an e-learning course that teaches statistics and how to use Minitab Statistical Software.
• Devize®, a powerful Monte Carlo simulation tool for engineers.
• Qeystone®, a project portfolio management platform designed to manage an organization's entire Lean Six Sigma deployment.
• Quality Companion by Minitab®, process improvement software for executing quality improvement projects.

Minitab's products are backed by free technical support and outstanding services, including training, statistical consulting and custom development.

Headquartered in State College, Pa., Minitab Inc. operates offices in Phoenix, Az., the United Kingdom, France, and Australia and has additional representatives throughout the world.

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Source: Minitab