Statistical analysis software
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|SPSS is a general purpose statistical package which
provides a wide range of functionality, being particularly strong in
descriptive statistics, regression, and multivariate analysis. There is a structural equation modelling
add-in: see entry on AMOS below. There
is a user friendly graphical interface and a very extensive help facility which
not only describes the package but provides much useful material on the
statistical methods themselves.
|SPSS originally stood for statistical package for
the social science. It was developed in
the 1960s and has evolved over the years into a fully-fledged package that allows
a very broad range of statistical analyses, across a wide range of disciplines,
while it remains the most widely used package within the social sciences. It is now owned and sold but IBM.
Site licence that extends to home use for staff and students.
Now available as a free download from ITS: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/its/
There are many textbooks which provide introductions to the use of SPSS within particular disciplines. Amazon lists a huge number.
Note on General Purpose Statistical Packages:
Broadly, these packages offer the user an easy way of applying standard estimation, confidence interval and hypothesis testing techniques to general data, usually input in the form of a spreadsheet.
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