Winpepi

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WinPepi is a freeware package of statistical programs for epidemiologists, comprising seven programs with over 120 modules. WinPepi is not a complete compendium of statistical routines for epidemiologists but it provides a very wide range of procedures, including those most commonly used and many that are not easy to find elsewhere. This has repeatedly led reviewers[who?] to use a "Swiss army knife" analogy. Each program has a comprehensive fully referenced manual.

WinPepi had its origins in 1983 in a book of programs for hand-held calculators,.[1] In 1993, this was developed into a set of DOS-based computer programs by Paul M. Gahlinger with the assistance of one of the original authors of calculator programs, Prof. JH Abramson [2] that came to be called Pepi (an acronym for "Programs for EPIdemiologists") and evolved, after its fourth version in 2001,[3] into WinPepi (Pepi-for-Windows).[4][5] New expanded versions are issued at frequent intervals.

The programs are notable for their user-friendliness. A portal links to programs and manuals. Menus, buttons, on-screen instructions, help screens, pop-up hints, and built-in error traps are also provided. The programs can also be operated from a USB flash drive.

WinPepi does not provide data management facilities. With some exceptions, it requires the entry (at the keyboard or by pasting from a spreadsheet or text file) of data that have already been counted or summarized.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Abramson JH, Peritz E: Calculator Programs for the Health Sciences. New York: Oxford University Press; 1983.
  2. ^ Gahlinger PM, Abramson JH: Computer Programs for Epidemiologic Analysis. Honolulu, Hawaii: Makapuu Medical Press; 1993.
  3. ^ Abramson JH, Gahlinger PM: Computer Programs for Epidemiologists: PEPI v.4.0. Salt Lake City, Utah: Sagebrush Press; 2001.
  4. ^ Abramson, JH (December 2004). "WINPEPI (PEPI-for-Windows): computer programs for epidemiologists" (Free full text). Epidemiologic perspectives & innovations : EP+I 1 (1): 6. doi:10.1186/1742-5573-1-6. PMC 544871. PMID 15606913. 
  5. ^ Abramson, JH (2011) WINPEPI updated: Computer programs for epidemiologists, and their teaching potential. Epidemiologic Perspectives and Innovations 8:1. doi\:10.1186/1742-5573-8-1

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