Category: Data Analysis Software

IBM SPSS Statistics 19 New Features

IBM/SPSS have posted to their web site the features of IBM SPSS Statistics 19, the latest version of SPSS for 2010 (known briefly for a time as PASW Statistics). New features include general linear mixed models, faster performance, a statistics web portal, automated linear models, a few syntax editor improvements, default measurement levels, a few new direct marketing capabilities and integration with the (new) IBM SPSS Collaboration and Deployment Services system.

IBM SPSS Statistics 19.0 Thoughts

The release of IBM SPSS Statistics 19.0 is in the offing, so I thought I taken my traditional opportunity to rant about the Java platform that SPSS moved to after version 15 and offer a few suggestions regarding what SPSS could do to make me want to switch to SPSS 19 when it is released. Variable Folders and cleaner, simpler cut/paste options would go a long way to get me past my intense dislike of the Java-based interface.

Ruby Tabulation Software

Tim Macer of meaning ltd. wrote an article about Ruby Tabluation Software from the Australian firm Red Centre Software. I’ve always struggled way ways to automate the analysis and reporting on my ongoing surveys so I was intrigued. I signed up for the trial (they were very flexible — first they spent about an hour and a half with me on a webinar and then they let me try the full, unencumbered version of the software for more than a month) and fell in love with it.

SPSS Statistics 17.0 Frustrates Me (a review)

I finally received my copy of SPSS Statistics 17 a couple of days ago and determined that I would try to push past my frustration with the “new and improved” Java-based interface and use it to analyze some data for a report I’m working on. But I can’t do it. There aren’t enough compelling features in the new version of SPSS to help me get past my frustration with the Java interface. So I’m sticking with SPSS 15.

SPSS or Excel

Why use a data analysis package like SPSS when you could use Excel? I’ve just come across an interesting marketing piece from SPSS that goes into benefits one gets from using a dedicated data analysis package instead of trying to do all of your analysis in a spreadsheet. While it would be fair to expect that this isn’t necessary an unbiased comparison, it might offer some food for thought to those of you trying to figure out why you should bother to upgrade.

Review of SPSS Tables 16 (SPSS add-on)

Let’s say you’re a market researcher, you have an extra $1000 lying around, and you’re looking for an easier way to improve the look, feel and efficiency of your cross-tabs. What do you buy? If you’re me, you buy the the Tables add-on for SPSS. While the text below certainly isn’t a detailed tutorial on how to use SPSS Tables, it should give you an idea of the features it makes available to help you decide whether it is worth the money.

SPSS 16 New Features

Click here to see my review of SPSS Statistics 17.0, the new version of SPSS. In the upcoming SPSS Directions User Conference in Prague (May 16) Product Management Director Kyle Weeks will discuss some of the new features in SPSS 16. These include: SPSS 16 has a new Java interface allowing for Windows, Mac, and Linux…


Found an interesting comparison between the features of SPSS and STATA (two statistical analysis packages), as provided by several statisticians on Windows Live Spaces: SPSS Advantages: Slightly more user friendly in making complex tables & graphs Nice routines for testing interactions in logistic regression models Friendly ANOVA commands Generally easier to use Sophisticated survival analysis…

Statistical Analysis with R

University of Missouri graduate student Mitch Hardin recently posted a note on his blog about how after spending a lot of quality time with SPSS he switched to R, a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics that runs on a variety of platforms (Windows, MacOS, Unix). Although R is “almost entirely command-line driven,”…