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Statistics Software Programs

Most frequently used programs by UC ANR Academics and Program Staff

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By the R Project
Best for: Available for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux. Rivals (and in many cases, exceeds) SAS and Stata in terms of availability of advanced statistical methods and algorithms, through availability of user-created packages. Credit Kent State.  R is a programming language and free, open-source software platform for conducting statistical analysis and generating graphics. Learn more about R setup and training opportunities from the UC ANR IGIS page, Getting Started with R.

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Best for: Social sciences, health sciences, marketing, academia. Commands can be executed using the menu system or using command syntax. It is available for both Windows and Macintosh operating systems. Interface is similar to Excel. SPSS Statistics by IBM is a user-friendly platform for managing and analyzing data, including by regression analysis, ANOVA, or t-tests. More information and a link to a free trial are available on the IBM SPSS Statistics website Also, check out the SPSS YouTube Channel.

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Credit: Statgraphics Centurion 19

Statgraphics Centurion 19

Best for: Access and utilize a wide range of statistical procedures from summary statistics to design of experiments. Credit g2. Provides dynamic linking of the data to the graphical reports. The ability to see the impact of new data on existing reports is a great feature. Has well-designed free courses to help users understanding how to solve certain statistical problems regular. Credit getapp. by Statgraphics Technologies, Inc. Statgraphics 19 is a desktop product with over 290 features for conducting statistical analysis and data visualization. For more information, samples of work, or to obtain a free trial, visit the Statgraphics website. Cost: Free from UC ANR; individual licenses are otherwise ~$450 Statgraphics Youtube Channel.

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by SAS Institute
Best for: Health and Life Sciences; exploring, analyzing and visualizing data. It is useful with particularly for large datasets or memory-intensive processes. Only compatible with Windows operating systems. SAS is a command-based statistical analysis software that excels in data management, It can also be used to produce publication-worthy graphics, including for geospatial data. Credit UCSD. It is available only for Windows operating systems. Credit Kent State. SAS Youtube channel.

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by StataCorp
Best for: Primarily used by researchers in the fields of economics, biomedicine, and political science to examine data patterns. Credit University of Illinois. This command-based statistical packages offers a lot of flexibility for data analysis by just altering a different command options or writing a do-file. Meanwhile, the program language keeps a simple structure, so easy to learn that the users can focus on the statistical modelling. Credit UCI. Stata Youtube Channel. The Stata Journal publishes peer-reviewed articles that help readers comprehend and apply cutting-edge statistical methods to their research. Cost: Reduced cost licenses may be available through some UC campuses ~$140.

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by JMP Statistical Discovery
Best for: Engineering, Six Sigma, Quality Control, Scientific Research, Design of Experiments; Interactive Graphics JMP (pronounced "jump") is a suite of computer programs for statistical analysis developed by the JMP business unit of SAS Institute. JMP is designed for dynamic data visualization and analytics on the desktop. Credit: UCSD. Helps you tackle your routine and difficult statistical problems. From easily accessing your data from various sources, to using quick, reliable data preparation tools, and performing choice statistical analyses, JMP lets you get the most out of your data in any situation. Credit UCI. Cost: Reduced cost licenses may be available through some UC campuses (costs vary ~$30-$120).