Statist 1.3.2 Released
Jakson A. Aquino
jaksonaquino at yahoo.com.br
Mon Dec 12 02:51:52 CET 2005
Lightweight statist(ical) application release!
Statist 1.3.2 is available! And now with colors!
This is a new development quality release
The statist community likes your feedback,
e.g. on the mailinglist available from the homepage.
What is Statist?
Statist is a small and portable statistics program written in C.
It is terminal-based, but can use Gnuplot for plotting purposes.
Scripting is possible and Statist handles big datasets
reasonably well on small machines. It is also easy to use due to
its interactive menu, being a very handy tool also for those who
do not use statistics every day.
Statist is Free Software under GNU GPL v>=2.
The statist user manual is available in both English and
The German documentation is partially outdated, but it contains
information about the statistical functions and the way the
program works that are not covered by the new user manual.
Statist is very portable. It can be compiled in practically any system
with any C compiler. However, and the system must have libintl and
libiconv to compile the program with support for languages other than
English. If gnuplot is installed, statist can create graphics.
Some GNU core utils -- gawk and sort -- are useful additions to
prepare databases for use with Statist.
Statist source code is available at its homepage:
INCOMPATIBLE CHANGES IN VERSION 1.3.2
* When answering a question of the kind "y/N", if the user press
<Enter>, it will be assumed that the answer is "No". Until
version 1.3.1, pressing <Enter> would cancel the action. This
new behavior may break some scripts.
NEW FEATURES IN VERSION 1.3.2
* Colorized output. The colors are optional and customizable.
This feature is not available if statist is compiled under
* Added directory "examples", with some data files that will
make statist easier for first time users.
* Graphics labels no longer include the string "STATIST: ".
Instead, users can easily add their own (optional) string,
which can include single quotes, double quotes and line
* Almost all fatal errors were converted into normal errors
while statist is running interactively. Wrong command line
options, including wrong data file name, still is considered a
fatal error because this is the quickest way of giving to
users a second chance of passing the correct parameters.
However, after succesfuly started, statist should never quits
abruptly. The only exception is if it runs out of memory.
* Commands sent to gnuplot are saved and are listed when the
user chooses "Enter gnuplot commands". Users no longer need to
know gnuplot syntax to make simple changes in the graphics
(labels, colors, etc...).
BUGS FIXED IN VERSION 1.3.2
* The options --xcols and --xsample no longer must be the first
parameter passed to statist. This closes the bug reported on
November 4, 2005.
* Replaced the function tmpnam() with tmpfile() to avoid gcc
warning that statist uses a dangerous function.
* The probit analysis was opening the already opened file
statist.log and, then, closing it. Fixed.
* Fixed bug in "List data of columns". Big values could cause
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