Software Information

The following software is available at no charge, or nominal charge, for use in certain Statistics.com courses. Please note that the instructor may provide illustrations, examples, exercises and occasional pointers in a particular software package with which he/she is familiar, but his/her role is not to serve as a help desk for the software. Where possible, teaching assistants have provided supplemental examples in other packages, and will provide feedback on student work in a variety of software packages. Please check the course description page for details about how software is supported in each course.

IMPORTANT! For free trial versions, check the duration before installing, and don't install the software too early -- make sure that the free trial will run until the end of the course. For a 30-day trial, this generally means you should wait until at least the first week of the course. Once the course opens, you can review information about assignments and due dates to be sure that your installation will carry you as long as needed.

MAC USER: Please note that, in most cases, statistical software differs in the capabilities that are available on the Mac, and, in some cases is not available at all on the Mac (or on the most recent Macs). If you are a Mac user, please check first to be sure that the software/capabilities you are interested in are available.

General Purpose

Data Desk

Data Desk is a user friendly statistical package with special facilities for exploration and visualization. Check the Data Desk web site - www.datadesk.com - for trial copies and more information about Data Desk.

Excel

Many people use the functionality provided in Excel's Analysis Toolpak for basic statistical analysis. If you are going to continue with more advanced statistics, you will need to purchase a statistical add-in for Excel, suited to your needs. Several Statistics.com courses in resampling and data mining use Excel add-ins.

IBM SPSS Statistics

(formerly PASW Statistics, formerly SPSS)

IBM SPSS Statistics student software available online through several web sites. Please click here for options. If you are a student enrolled in a university, you may obtain a student version of IBM SPSS Statistics from SPSS.

JMP

JMP is an easy-to-use data analysis and graphics tool from SAS. JMP provides a broad collection of statistics and graphics tools, from basic statistics to DOE to Data Mining and is available for Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems. JMP also integrates with SAS providing an intuitive interface to SAS' extensive library and enterprise data. You can download a 30-day evaluation copy of JMP here. This software will be supported by our teaching assistants beginning in the second quarter of 2007.

MINITAB

A free 30 day trial version of this software (version 15) is available to students enrolled in certain courses at statistics.com. MINITAB is a general statistical and graphical analysis package. It can do various general analyses including time series. To download the 30 day trial version of Minitab 15, click here and carefully follow the on screen instructions. For more information about MINITAB, visit the MINITAB website:
www.minitab.com . This software is supported by our teaching assistants.

R

This software is free and can be obtained from the R Project website. It does basic statistics, resampling, regression, logistic regression, GLM and GEE (this list includes available user-written routines). To obtain a free copy or to receive more information about R visit the R Project website:
www.r-project.org

SAS

 See the SAS website for information on SAS.


Stata

A trial copy of Stata is available for use in all courses. It does standard statistics, resampling, time series, regression, logistic regression, GLM and GEE. To request the trial copy, email service@stata.com and inform them that you are taking a course with Statistics.com and tell them which of our courses you are taking. Stata licenses are no longer platform specific and will run on all supported platforms of Stata, including Windows, Mac, and Unix varieties. Stata is  available as a download, so participants can choose electronic delivery (for no charge) or pay only a shipping charge to receive an installation DVD. For more information about Stata, visit the Stata Corp website:  www.stata.com

STATISTICA

Statistical process control, quality control, design of experiment, simulation, statistics, graphics and data management functionality are available in a free 30-day trial of STATISTICA. This software trial is only for installation on a personal computer. Download the trial:
http://www.statsoft.com/support/free-statistica-10-trial/ .

StatCrunch

StatCrunch is an online statistical software that allows users to perform complex analyses, share data sets, and generate compelling reports of their data. Interactive graphics help users understand statistical concepts and are available for export to enrich reports with visual representations of data.

There is a nominal fee for students. Because it is web-based, the software can be accessed anywhere.

For more information, visit the website at www.statcrunch.com.

STATGRAPHICS

STATGRAPHICS is an easy-to-learn, easy-to-use personal computer software package designed for experts and non-experts alike. It combines a broad range of statistical procedures with interactive graphics. A 30-day trial copy of STATGRAPHICS Centurion for Windows is available at statgraphics.co. A free copy of STATGRAPHICS Online can be accessed by Windows, Mac or Linux users at www.statgraphicsonline.com using any web browser.

Special Purpose

Comprehensive Meta-Analysis

Comprehensive Meta-Analysis is a software package that helps you summarize and reach conclusions from multiple studies on the same subject. Registered participants in our course "Meta Analysis" will be given access to a copy of Comprehensive Meta Analysis software in the first lesson. For more information about Comprehensive Meta-Analysis, visit: www.metaanalysis.com

Design-Expert

Design-Expert(R) software from Stat-Ease, Inc. is a statistical package for Design of Experiments (DOE). With it you can not only screen for vital factors, but also locate ideal process settings for top performance and discover optimal product formulations. To download the free 45-day trial, you may click here. Students of statistics.com qualify for a discounted rate using this form. For more information on Design-Expert, please visit: www.statease.com/dx71descr.html

Geostatistics Packages

The following packages all perform specific functions in geostatistics, and are freeware. Crimestat was created for the analysis of crime location data. GeoDa is aimed at exploratory analysis of spatial data in general (try this alternative link: https://netfiles.uiuc.edu/koschins/shared/). LandSerf is for the visualization and analysis of surfaces. All three are referenced in the online course Spatial Statistical Analysis in Geographic Information Systems.

LEM

LEM freeware is for latent class, log multiplicative and event history models (it is also used in interpolating missing data values). It is available here.

LISREL

LISREL software is used for structural equation modeling.

MINISTEP

MINISTEP is a free version of WINSTEPS. It is used for Rasch Measurement and is free without a time restriction. To download MINISTEP, please click here. For more information about MINISTEP, visit the MINISTEP website:
http://www.winsteps.com/ministep.htm

Mplus

Mplus is statistical modeling software, with special capabilities for the inclusion of continuous and categorical latent variables. A free demo is available here. For more information, visit the Mplus website:
http://www.statmodel.com

NQuery Advisor

NQuery Advisory is commercial software for calculating sample size.  It is available here - student pricing is available.

OpenEpi

OpenEpi is free software for doing analysis of epidemiological data. It is available at www.openepi.com

Power and Precision

A free 60 day version of this software is available to students enrolled in certain statistics.com courses. It has the ability to do power and sample size analysis. Registered participants in statistics.com's "Sample Size and Power" course will receive information at the beginning of the course on how to obtain a licensed copy for the duration of the course. For more information about Power and Precision visit the Power and Precision website:
www.power-analysis.com

Resampling Stats

A free one year license of Resampling Stats is provided for use in Statistics.com courses; first download the trial software from the site noted below, then request a one year license at the beginning of the course. Resampling Stats does resampling (bootstrapping, permutation tests). For more information about Resampling Stats visit the Resampling Stats website:
www.resample.com

Rule Discovery System

With Compumine Rule Discovery System it is easy to create decision trees, rule sets, and robust ensemble models that help you to discover important segments and valuable relationships in your data, and to make reliable predictions. An evaluation version of Rule Discovery System can be freely downloaded from Compumine's web page.

Spotfire

Spotfire is a visualization software. See spotfire.tibco.com

StatXact

A 30 day trial license of StatXact is available from Cytel. StatXact performs exact nonparametric analysis, exact analysis for categorical data, and exact sample size and power. To download your trial copy, click here and follow the instructions provided by Cytel. For more information on StatXact, visit the StatXact website:
www.cytel.com

Tableau

Tableau is a visualization software. See www.tableausoftware.com

WEKA

Weka is an open source software program containing tools for data pre-processing, classification, regression, clustering, association rules, and visualization. You can run it on a Windows PC. It requires Java 1.4 or later. WEKA is a freeware program, and is available here.

WINBUGS

WINBUGS is free software for Bayesian Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC). It is available here.

WINSTEPS

WINSTEPS is software that does Rasch analysis. Purchase it here - http://www.winsteps.com/winsteps.htm . See "MINISTEP" (above) for limited evaluation version of WINSTEPS. For more information on WINSTEPS or MINISTEP please visit the WINSTEPS homepage.

XLMiner

This Excel add-in does multiple linear regression and logistic regression (both with variable subset selection), neural nets, CART, k-nearest neighbor, discriminant analysis, Bayesian classifier, principal components analysis, hierarchical and k-means clustering, association rules, time series, partitioning, and sampling. To obtain a 60 day trial for use with Statistics.com's data mining courses, visit the Frontline Systems XLMiner website , download the trial version, and request a key from Solver.com to unlock it for 60 days (be sure to specify which Statistics.com course you are taking).

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