Tuesday, August 05, 2008


Tech Tips: What is SPSS and how do I get it?

SPSS is a computer program used for statistical analysis. SPSS (originally, Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) is among the most widely used programs for statistical analysis in social science. It is used by market researchers, health researchers, survey companies, government, education researchers, marketing organizations and others. In addition to statistical analysis, data management (case selection, file reshaping, creating derived data) and data documentation (a metadata dictionary is stored with the data) are features of the base software. SPSS is developed by SPSS Inc. The latest release is 16.0 (Win), 16.0 (Mac), and 16.0 (Linux). It has a proprietary license.

SJSU has a site license for SPSS and all SJSU Faculty, Staff and Students can use it. Install media and activation codes are provided by the SJSU Help Desk for the latest Mac and Windows versions to university students, faculty and staff when they verify their standing with the university. There may be a modest cost for the installation media. For more details contact the University Help Desk at 408/924-2377 or by e-mail at helpdesk@sjsu.edu.

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