- JMP is highly visual and interactive: all standard analyses generate both graphs and numerical displays and students quickly learn to see how the numbers and graphs are related. For example, a single command creates the usual descriptive statistics (moments, quantiles, etc.) as well as a histogram & boxplot. If you edit any data value, all output updates automatically.
- All open graphs are linked. If you highlight a point or group of points in one graph, they also are highlighted wherever they appear in other graphs.
- There is extensive, context-sensitive help, as well as pop-up screen tips that can help students navigate and interpret output.
- JMP can read and write data files to exchange with SPSS, SAS, Excel, Minitab and a host of other formats - making it relatively painless for faculty to use favorite datasets or downloaded data from the Web. The current version of JMP automatically installs an Excel Add-In so that some JMP commands can be invoked directly from Excel.
- JMP is a product of the SAS Institute, creators of the most widely-adopted statistical package out there. For our students, JMP is a potential gateway to SAS - which in turn is a good resume item for students seeking careers in life sciences, pharmaceuticals, marketing and business operations among other fields.