IBM SPSS Statistics (SPSS) is a popular program package used for statistical analysis, charting, reporting, data management and data documentation. VCU Technology Services has a site license agreement which provides SPSS programs to VCU matriculated students, faculty, and staff to use for teaching and research purposes at no cost.
For information concerning the permitted installation and use of the SPSS products, please read the conditions of license.
IBM SPSS Statistics Base, Advanced Statistics, Amos*, Bootstrapping, Categories, Complex Samples, Conjoint, Custom Tables, Data Preparation, Decision Trees, Direct Marketing, Exact Tests, Forecasting, Missing Values, Neural Networks and Regression
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The SPSS products obtained under the VCU license are subject to all of the following conditions:
*NOTE: If one's VCU enrollment or employment status ends or their ownership of the computer(s) ends, the SPSS products must immediately be uninstalled.
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Although administrative use of SPSS is prohibited, individual administrative licenses may be purchased through the VCU education contract at a discounted price. Please contact the IT Support Center for more information.
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VCU students, faculty and staff are provided access to SPSS learning resources for new and experienced users alike, including video courses, exercise files and guide books.
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These two SPSS 21 manuals are listed here because they contain significantly more information than their version 22 and later counterparts.
This manual contains an explanation of how to read data into SPSS from fixed-width (column aligned) text files. Although this is an old manual, this explanation is still accurate for current versions of SPSS and, to our knowledge, is not available elsewhere. See pages 4-17 through 4-33.
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You can run R programs within SPSS to analyze the data files that you have opened in SPSS. R is a free software environment for statistical computing, graphics, and more. To run R programs within SPSS, you must first install R and then install the free SPSS Statistics Essentials for R package.
To use R within SPSS, open an SPSS Syntax window (from the SPSS menus, select File / New / Syntax). Then type your R commands, sandwiched between the "BEGIN PROGRAM R." and the "END PROGRAM." commands (note the "." period at the end of those two commands). Here is a simple example:
BEGIN PROGRAM R.
x <- 2 + 5
cat("the value of x is", x)
To execute those commands, display the "Run" menu in the Syntax window and select "All". The resulting output will normally be displayed in your SPSS Viewer window.
You can execute a subset of the commands in the Syntax window by selecting (highlighting) them with the mouse, displaying the "Run" menu, and selecting "Selection" (or clicking the green triangular "Run Selection" toolbar button). However, you should select and run an entire R "sandwich" (the "BEGIN PROGRAM R." and the "END PROGRAM." commands, and all the R commands in between them).
If desired, you can save the contents of the Syntax window to a file (from the Syntax window menus, select File / Save). Then, in the future, you can re-use those program commands by re-opening that file in a Syntax window (from the menus of any SPSS window, select File / Open / Syntax, then browse for your file).
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