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About using Spreadsheets, such as Excel, Google Sheets, Calc, Numbers, and others.

Statistical Analysis

We strongly recommend using a proper statistical software (SPSS, Stata, SAS, R, Jamovi, JMP) for analysis instead. Those softwares prevent you from doing inappropriate things, and make it easy to do the correct calculation.

Online calculators (ex. ), in which you can copy and paste your data can also work . 

Free Statistical Software

Free Cross-Platform Software

  • Jamovi - Slick, easy-to-use, point-and-click interface running on R.
    • Easy to install and learn; single window and file make it easy to work with.
    • Modules allow for advanced analyses, including Mixed Models
  • R / RStudio - Powerful statistical language 
    • Can be difficult for some, but simplified syntax (e.g., MOSAIC, jmv) is available
  • PSPP - Meant to simulate SPSS, with just the most-used functions
    • Similar interface and output, allows SPSS Syntax. But does not quite look identical, even if all menu items are in the same place.
    • Appropriate for a first-semester statistics class

Online Environments

Mason has academic site licenses for SPSS and SAS and has purchased lab licenses (allowing coursework) for Stata. SPSS and SAS are on all ITU computers, and all three are accessible through the Virtual Computing Lab (VCL). From feedback, Stata seems to work reasonably well through the VCL, after the initial learning curve. However, there are frequent complaints about SPSS being slow and being difficult to work with given multiple windows.