I'll be leading an introductory seminar to multivariate statistics in the spring and was looking for recommendations for texts that focus on applications of multivariate statistics, without delving too much into the math behind everything. The students are in a variety of psychology master's programs, but most will be counseling or school psych, and will have, by all accounts, weak math and relatively introductory statistical backgrounds (ANOVA, simple linear regression, etc.).

I'm looking for recommendations for a text with an applied focus (preferably for psychology students) that walks them through some basic procedures for using statistical software to check assumptions and screen data and to perform some or all of the following statistical tests:

- factorial ANOVA

- repeated measures analysis

- ANCOVA

- MANOVA

- MANCOVA

- multiple regression

- factor analysis

- reliability

- discriminant analysis

- logistic regression

I'm debating whether to have the students use either

a) the university-licensed

**SPSS**, which I could demonstrate in class, but which they'd have to work with on their own in a university computer lab or

b)

**Minitab**, which the students would have to obtain licenses for (about $30 to rent or $100 to buy), but which they'd be able to use on their own laptops during class and at home.

Any preferences on SPSS or Minitab for teaching multivariate stats? Any recommendations for a text to help students with the software (and the topic generally)?

Thank you for your time.

Regards,

Jaso