IBM SPSS Statistics

IBM SPSS Statistics

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SPSS Statistics review by Sinjini M.
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"SPSS Statistics for Analytics"

What do you like best?

The vast range of statistical functions to do data analyses and modeling, to pre-process and clean data, and to visualize data. The simplicity and ease of use make SPSS Statistics very convenient to conduct research, including for students. You can not only perform simple analysis like descriptive statistics, ANOVA and linear regression, but also advanced data mining using logistic regression, trees, generalized additive models, etc.

What do you dislike?

Nothing much really. The only thing will be the ability to read in more types of data and in different formats for more flexibility. I typically use Excel data files in SPSS (which are later converted to .sav formats). Another problem that I have been facing recently (not sure if it's a Macbook issue) is that I am unable to cut & paste tables and graphs directly from the SPSS output into a Word file. I used to be able to do this and this helped a lot by saving time; however, I have been unable to do this recently. So, it has been a little cumbersome to take screenshots and insert them into files. If this feature can be improved, I think the usability of the product will increase significantly more.

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Very easy to use tool for statistical and data analysis. Students love it and definitely the first go-to statistical analysis tool for modeling, inference and visualization.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mainly to conduct research by performing analysis, inference and modeling. I also use it in classes, so students use it too for their assignments, exams and projects. The primary benefit is the ease of use and the fact that the results are displayed in a very meaningful way for easy interpretation.

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SPSS Statistics review by Rochelle C. F.
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"SPSS is a user-friendly data analytics software"

What do you like best?

I like that SPSS is user-friendly, you can show other users how to do basic data management and analysis using the dropdowns or with code. I find that users more easily understand SPSS than SAS at first.

What do you dislike?

SPSS isn't as powerful as SAS for data management from my experience.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for a user-friendly data management and analyses tool, SPSS is one to consider. It allows users to utilize drop-down menus and produce reports/graphics with their data. SPSS allows the user to see their data and make corrections to it within the software. It is more user-friendly, but less powerful than SAS. If your employees are looking for something they can begin using right away without a significant amount of training, this is a great tool. The reports it produces are also more appealing than other data software currently available.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

IBM SPSS Statistics is a great tool for users to be able to conduct basic statistical analyses without knowing significant amounts of programming/coding language like SAS. I find it aligns more with SAS enterprise guide because users can 'point-and-click' to conduct different tasks.

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SPSS Statistics review by Michelle D.
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"Overall a really solid statistics package"

What do you like best?

SPSS has an easy point-and-click interface, making data analysis relatively straightforward. Another benefit is the huge community. If you ever have a problem, there are tons of resources available. SPSS doesn't require a ton of coding experience, like some other options such as R.

What do you dislike?

SPSS doesn't have a ton of detailed description for all of the functions it offers. It can be easy to run a test that isn't the best option for your data source. There are, however, vast outside sources online that can be a huge help. Also, SPSS isn't quite as versatile as an open-source option like R.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take the time to do solid up-front training. It will be much easier than trying to go back and retroactively learn as you go. Also, as with any statistical software, a mathematical understanding of statistics is key to really making the best of the product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work in a research-related field and we use SPSS to ensure that we are only reporting statistically significant figures.

SPSS Statistics review by Isabel H.
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"La evidencia estadistica en un rapido procesamiento"

What do you like best?

Lo que mas me gusta del programa es que se puede trabajar de forma amena y muy sencilla la parte de los modelos de regresión lineal, permitiendote construir el mismo utilizando previamente sus funciones de correlaciones estadisticas. Una vez obtenido el modelo, te pemite ver la bondad de ajuste del mismo a traves de test como el de R cuadrado ajustado y que tan ajustable es el modelo al fenomeno representado.

What do you dislike?

A pesar del poder del programa, las tablas de los test de estadistica no parametrica para analizar datos de tipo cualitativo, son extremadamente tediosas.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Si lo que deseas es representar fenomenos desde el modelado matematico, es muy sencillo la carga del archivo de datos y poder crear distintos modelos y ver el que mejor se ajusta a tu descripción

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Nos permite predecir valores e inferir sobre fenomenos estudiados en el corto y mediano plazo, que por razones de tiempo y costo no se pueden obtener, aumentando nuestra precisión.

SPSS Statistics review by Jhon  B.
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"El control de la ciencia estadistica para estudio de fenomenos sociales "

What do you like best?

El software permite un control total de la organización, para las distintas fases para los diferentes tipos de estudios estadísticos, tanto los exhaustivos (censos), como investigaciones por muestreo. Permitiéndote dar un valor agregado a las investigaciones, al poder hacer distintos tipos de modelos predictivos, desde la regresión lineal hasta poder hacer muestras representativas según características de la población de estudio. Su potencia, sencillez y rapidez para las estadísticas descriptivas supera a cualquier otra herramienta para análisis estadístico.

What do you dislike?

la sección de analisis / redes neuronales no es muy amigable. Se hace tediosa cada vez que se debe modificar las variables a recodificar

Recommendations to others considering the product

Si trabajas con estadisticas descriptivas, muestras, control de calidad estadisitico y hasta te animas a ingresar en el mundo de la inteligencia artificial (modelo de redes neuronales), es la aplicación correcta para agregar valores y soportes cientifico a la calidad de tus trabajos e investigaciones.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

El procesar de forma rapida, grandes cantidades de datos, empalmando series estadisticas provenientes de distintos organismos, logrando un valor agregado al reconstruir series historicas estadisticas, permitiendo trabajar modelados, predicciones y simulaciones para comportamientos futuros de dichos fenomenos.

SPSS Statistics review by Emerita G.
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" excelente paquete estadístico, amigable y su contenido cubre los modelos estadístico mas usados "

What do you like best?

La agrupación de contenidos en tres grandes áreas a saber: Estadística básica, univariante y bivariante: la Estadística Multivariante y Modelos especiales . Aplica los modelos a datos y situaciones reales e interpreta los resultados obtenidos en las aplicaciones pueden utilizarse múltiples modelos para analizar datos cuantitativos o cualitativos, las salidas y representación de los datos es simple e intuitiva, personas con conocimientos básicos de estadística puede utilizar el programa y obtener muy buenos resultados.

What do you dislike?

Como tiene capacidad para trabajar con grandes bases de datos y un interfaces para la mayoría de análisis, los informes de resultados se elaboran con mucha información, lo que permite distraer al usuario, puede ser que el usuario se pierda debido a la gran cantidad de información que se genera, ademas de ello debe tenerse cuidado con la aplicación de los métodos, dado que alguno se utilizan para casos específicos, por ejemplo el manejo de datos cualitativos.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Deben tener en cuenta que se encuentran frente a una de las herramientas más poderosas para el análisis de datos estadísticos, y por otra parte también, ante la más simple e intuitiva, el procesamiento de la información, las salidas de datos y los gráficos, producen análisis sencillos, que con conocimientos básicos de estadística cualquier profesional o estudiante puede interpretar.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Análisis e interpretación de casos sociales, con la aplicación multivariable , clister análisis y un sin fin de análisis tanto para trabajos particulares, como para desarrollo académico.

SPSS Statistics review by Kelsey S.
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"Not as adaptable as some of the new statistic software, but a stable in the field"

What do you like best?

Generally, everyone used or has used SPSS, so it is easy to communicate your analyses across lab groups, universities, etc. As such, it is relatively simple to find help/support online from other users on how to run different sorts of analyses online.

What do you dislike?

There are many statistical analysis programs on the market these days. SPSS is still a paid program, not open-source like R, for example. It also is rather buggy--the GUI works just fine, but the Syntax (code for programming analyses) not so uncommonly will not work for no reason at all. Only retyping the problem section will fix this issue. If you prefer using code for analyses, SPSS is less intuitive and more difficult than other programs. The graphs and plots generated directly from SPSS are actually quite awful and need to be redone in another program before they can be used in any reasonable publication or presentation.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As a long-standing stable in the field, we teach this in classes to all our undergraduates. It's a great starter program for analyses because of the easy to use GUI.

SPSS Statistics review by Dave W.
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"Easy to use once you learn the idiosyncrasies"

What do you like best?

Nice graphical interface and a fair number of analyses available. The spreadsheet-like data manager is nice to work with for those familiar with Excel etc.. Has the ability to program additional analyses if you've got the chops to do so.

What do you dislike?

Has a fair number of funny little idiosyncrasies, including the variable naming conventions, analytical procedures that aren't always easy to find, and minimal graph building options that can be a little janky to work with.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Reliable and generally well-accepted by the academic community. Good for most traditional analyses but more complex analyses require either plug-ins or different software packages. I use SPSS, MPlus, RUMM2030, MatLab, and Excel for different functions depending on what I'm doing. Consider your uses carefully before purchasing. Also note that the version iterates every year, so you may find yourself purchasing new versions every year if you always want the most up to date version. Though, for what it's worth, that's rarely necessary as the iterations aren't that dramatic. Has yet to have a good big data analysis mechanism baked in, and the SEM options require the AMOS plug in, and AMOS isn't the most robust SEM program (I use MPlus for that reason). The GUI approach is nice though, you can do most analyses without having to write a piece of code which is great.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My go-to statistical software package for most of my research projects. Handles most critical things well.

SPSS Statistics review by Ho'omana Nathan H.
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"Perhaps the best GUI stats suite for beginners available today"

What do you like best?

SPSS offers powerful functionality for virtually any statistical operation one needs (at least in my field, the social sciences). There's also tremendous and versatile online support from both IBM themselves and others who have created helpful walkthroughs for performing various statistical analyses. The output also looks nice and is fairly customizable.

What do you dislike?

The interface isn't very intuitive at all, and is mostly just a bunch of dropdown menus with little direction. Bottom line: You really need to know about stats before you use this software. However, because it is the leading GUI stats software, there is abundant documentation for this software both from IBM and from universities and others that detail how to do various operations (and interpret the output).

I also feel that this software is prohibitively expensive for an individual who just needs basic stats, and there are a lot of very nice free statistical analysis tools available for the basics.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you already know about statistical tests - which to choose, how to run them, and what they mean - this is an outstanding basic statistical suite. I feel that it's prohibitively expensive for an individual unless you're really doing a huge amount of complex stats, but for a university or other institution, this is a nice tool.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use SPSS in our Linguistics Lab primarily for statistical analyses of social sciences data, especially related to Sociolinguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language.

SPSS Statistics review by Niharika G.
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"SPSS is a great research and analysis software"

What do you like best?

SPSS provides all basic and advanced features for regression, moderation, mediation. SPSS does a very good job at descriptive statistics as well as in preparing the charts. This is extremely helpful for preparing both academic analysis and preparing results for industry reports. I like SPSS a lot for this reason. However, SPSS is not too helpful with advanced modeling or statistical analysis. For this reason, I end up using Mplus, AMOS and other softwares

What do you dislike?

SPSS is currently unable to provide structure equation modeling features. No structural equation modeling features nor does it have mediation or moderation charting features. It also does not have any other modeling features for simulation or agent based modeling. SPSS also does not allow experimental data analysis features. So one has to use other softwares.

Recommendations to others considering the product

SPSS needs to make its software better by adding multiple features for advanced data analysis such as structural equation modeling, simulation modeling, agent modeling, experimental data analysis and several others.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I conduct research and use SPSS for data analyses for both academic as well as industry reports. I use SPSS on individual level data as well as on org level data. However, I struggle to use SPSS for structural equation models or agent based models. I think SPSS is great when one wants to analyze frequencies, minimum, maximum, other descriptive statistics. The SPSS software is also suitable for usage on collaborative projects since it is quite popular and most of the Universities have access to it for their research and staff members. SPSS is however lacking any advanced features as it does not allow any advanced modeling or statistical analysis. For this reason, I end up using other softwares.

SPSS Statistics review by Griselda B.
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"Informes estadísticos y análisis de datos sin mucho esfuerzo "

What do you like best?

Me gusta que con sólo ordenar los datos en la vista de variables, puedo generar informes estadísticos con precisión, con este software mensualmente preparo las estadísticas concernientes a la productividad de los empleados de mi departamento.

What do you dislike?

No me gusta que en principio el software es complicado de usar, pero con un taller se le puede sacar todo el potencial a este programa, en mi departamento nos dictaron un pequeño curso, y ha sido muy beneficioso para cumplir con nuestros informes.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Informes estadísticos y análisis de datos en una sola suite, aunque requiere preparación para su uso los resultados son,a mi parecer muy satisfactorios

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Pienso que resuelve la toma de decisiones basadas en los análisis de datos e informes estadísticos, sobre productividad y eficiencia de las empresas y sus empleados.

SPSS Statistics review by Tina L.
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"SPSS Review"

What do you like best?

easiest statistics program to use compared to SAS, R and Stata. I like how it is more widely used than the more complex statistical programs. There is no programming language to learn to use SPSS it is very similar to an excel spreadsheet. it can do various analysis like cross tab, ANOVA, paired t-test etc. with a simple click of the button. Great for beginners who are learning to analyze data and statistics. Very helpful graphs and outputs.

What do you dislike?

it is expensive. luckily my job provides spss for me to use however when I was taking a class to learn spss i had to buy a license through my university to use it which was pricy. Also another drawback is that although it is more widely used (especially amongst people who don't know how to code SAS/R), it does have limitations. it cannot do everything SAS and R can. It is a good software for beginners but not professionals who may need to do more advanced analyses. it has limited use.

Recommendations to others considering the product

has limited functions but very easy to use as compared to other statistical software. you will be better off if you're proficient with excel.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

analyzing data easily. not as costly as SAS/R so more affordable for my company. The main benefit is that you don't need to learn a coding language to operate it. it is as easy to use as excel or google sheets.

SPSS Statistics review by Bernardo C.
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"A great Data Analysis tool"

What do you like best?

SPSS is a pretty easy to use software. It comes with many available actions that will allow you to do many analysis. It you feel like something is missing, you can always do some coding on the syntax in order to "tell" SPSS specifically what you are looking for.

What do you dislike?

The data visualization options are really poor. The software is great for data analysis, but when you think about making a presentation or something like that, you will have to rely on other softwars to do so.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for a software to do data analysis, SPSS is a great choice.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I do a lot of research and data analysis is part of it. SPSS helps me analyse relationships among variables, by doing regression analysis, for example.

SPSS Statistics review by minh p.
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"A great tool for the statistical analysis of data for its simplicity and nice-looking outputs"

What do you like best?

It is an excellent software for handling big data. it allows in a simple way to import data and to analyze without great technical knowledge.It is easy to perform from simple statistical calculations, descriptive statistics, data validation to inferential or predictive statistics.

It is designed in a simple and user-friendly way since it is not necessary to use complex knowledge to encode data when using qualitative data.

The output are formatted nicely. This is an ideal software for research for non-technical people..

What do you dislike?

Due to the large number of possibilities for the treatment and analysis of data, it can be quite overwhelming to pick an analysis, especially if the differences between each of the analysis possibilities it provides are not clear. This also means that it is necessary to dedicate a considerable time to explore each one of the possibilities that it offers and to see the tutorials offered for the use of the software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are not very familiar with statistics, this is a good software to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used IBM SPSS to analyze data for some of my researches

SPSS Statistics review by Janeth W.
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"Great Program for Quantitative Research "

What do you like best?

SPSS is a useful tool for those just starting out in data analysis. The user interface is easy, it is different from others but very intuitive once you are used to it.

What do you dislike?

The charts in SPSS are not as intricate and aesthetically pleasing as the ones you can create in excel. The different versions are not always compatible. For example, on my laptop, I had an older version and on my desktop, a newer version. My files did not transfer over well from version to version.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I used SPSS paired with Qualtrics and the integration was seamless.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The business problems I solved with SPSS pertains to marketing research. Using SPSS helps determine how our consumers perceived our brand, based on survey results. This helps with positioning and identifying our target market. Using SPSS helped determine the price of our product, the placement as well as how we will promote it.

SPSS Statistics review by Aron G.
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"Still *the* standard for statistical software for non-programmers after all these years"

What do you like best?

SPSS was one of the first programs I learned to execute statistics on (after I learned to do the stats by hand). Over the years it keeps improving, it has an incredibly friendly GUI and underneath that a language for creating (and replicating) syntax to get the full capabilities of the program and to assist with documentation and replication.

What do you dislike?

SPSS can be incredibly expensive. Depending on your needs, you may need to invest in several modules. More problematic to me is that what used to be the standard offer has (following the airline model) been "unbundled" and made to cost more now, to get what I consider basic functionality. I also think some of the tools to help marketers make decisions, which has a strength of of not requiring knowledge of statistics also has a weakness of putting powerful tools in the hands of people who don't fully understand them.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would strongly recommend considering SPSS, SAS and R installations for anyone thinking of implementing inhouse statistical software. Each of these has different strengths and weaknesses, which I will not go through in depth. I will say at the highest level, SPSS is what I would install for a shop with people who have average to below average statistical skills, SAS stands out for high powered installations, and R requires the most programming know-how, but is open-source with a thriving community and the capability of handling just about any analytic problem you can imagine.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

If you need to run statistical analyses, this software will get you there. It is average or below for visualization, but can run most types of parametric and non-parametric statistics a business person would need.

SPSS Statistics review by User in Higher Education
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"Amazingly quick and no need to set up (online version)"

What do you like best?

You can import Excel files and your date is not ruined at all. It is very convenient to use and plus it is free for me since my institution provided me with a free copy of it. When you use it online, you can access to your files from anywhere.

What do you dislike?

The worst feature is that you cannot connect to your desktop on your personal computer when you are using a business online version of it. It needs to be connected to your office computer. So not very convenient and time-efficient in this respect...

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just make sure that you save your data before closing a window.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have data from groups of students at K-12 level and we analyze their learning pace. This program is a classic! Although I use R, I find SPSS all the time the easiest to use and navigate. Probably it is because I got to using it, but you will come across more people like me who is familiar with this software rather than stuff like R.

SPSS Statistics review by User in Higher Education
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"Easier to use online"

What do you like best?

It is easy to access to my data and projects anywhere since my university provides free access to me. I do like it better than my older version app for SPSS. I think it makes sense to use the online one if you have both a desktop and a laptop.

What do you dislike?

If you want to upload a file, it is harder to do it and sometimes using a cvc type file can create problems in the online SPSS (provided by my university). I guess it is nothing about the version of SPSS which is 23.0 but the connection or just the online environment.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure that you use the online version if you travel a lot.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It works perfectly for me. It is handy, easy to access and practical when I need my data. I can just connect, stop working on a project and after break or going to somewhere else physically take it from there.

SPSS Statistics review by Amro K.
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"I use SPSS alot "

What do you like best?

That it has menu and syntax, so if you like coding, you can use the syntax and the menu is always there to help you if you dont know the code. I like the you can paste the work when you are using the menu and then trasforme it into syntax

What do you dislike?

I dont like that there are only limit number of companies using it. So if you like to analysis your data using SPSS, then its harder for you to fit into some jobs that requires using a free software. I dont like that SPSS cannot do all types of analysis, like. Stuctural equation modeling. Also some of the analysis, you only can do them by syntax not menu. Also whenever i try to copy and past the graphs i do on SPSS to a paper to puplish or something, the quality of the graph wont be satisfactory

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make it free, there are so many

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Analyzing data and statistical analysis

SPSS Statistics review by Zohreh S.
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"Easy to work, learn, and understand statistical analysis and modeling tool"

What do you like best?

-Graphical UI

-Easy to navigate among options

- Great output when applying different test, models

- Extensive amount of learning material and great content written by experts

What do you dislike?

Not easy to code, it has its own language. Could be significantly more friendly if supporting R or Python. The application is not good for big data as it loads everything in memory. If your laptop has little memory, it wont load and crash.

It does not provide learning license. I wish IBM could have released a version for self learning students.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use it for small data. For big data, it is not a candidate at all. I have seen it successful in social science, medicine, and education where sample data is small. In businesses with big volume of data like telecom or networking, this is not working unless you perform your test on a very small dataset.

The beauty is that you do not need a full fledge expert to make it run. If use has basic math/stats, he can start and use the guide to learn.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Descriptive analysis, statistical test, statistical modeling

SPSS Statistics review by Shannon R.
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"An excellent tool that meets quick and efficient analysis needs"

What do you like best?

I like that the SPSS system is user friendly, even for those not well versed in statistics. I also appreciate that SPSS also provides excellent training for its users. This way, if I do not know how to run a certain type of test or analysis, it is simple to find the solution for it with the available training. This makes running analyses much less painful for the software users.

What do you dislike?

I would like there to be more graphics capability in it. While the graphics are presented well, it would be nice to see more features. Overall, I do not have any other dislikes with this software. It is my primary statistical analysis software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would consider using IBM SPSS statistics for any data analysis needs. It is quite useful for anyone, especially for individuals without strong statistical analysis skills.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've solved several of my research problems using the software. When I have complicated data to run, the software meets my technical needs in a quick and efficient way. I am able to run reports and print them easily. These features make it possible to efficiently present research information to a variety of audiences. I was also was able to quickly detect errors in my syntax and analysis due to the software's usability features. The ability to fix errors quickly, allows me to finish my work quickly, and this is critical when I am working within a tight research or grant proposal deadline.

SPSS Statistics review by Brian H.
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"An Industry Standard"

What do you like best?

While there are many good statistical packages, SPSS is the only one in which it is easy to edit the data or variable properties in the data view. It is also my favorite software to use when I need to merge data files or generate aggregate variables. Data manipulation is the strong suit of SPSS. The other feature of SPSS that stands out in comparison to other packages is the color coded syntax files that make it very easy to catch and correct errors in your code. Another feature that I use all the time, that other software lacks, is the ability to import and export data in a wide variety of data formats. It's often easier to import a text file into SPSS and export it to Stata than it is to import the text file directly into Stata. For me, SPSS is an indispensable tool for managing data, whether or not I use it for the analysis.

What do you dislike?

SPSS is not capable of structural equation modeling without a separate purchase of additional software licenses (AMOS). It is also a bit more difficult to generate post-estimation variables, relative to Stata. SPSS is good for simple analyses like the various forms of regression, but it can be tricky to run diagnostics on more advanced procedures or multiple-step analyses.

SPSS also falls a bit short on the intelligibility of error codes; they can be pretty cryptic sometimes.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The biggest thing to consider when choosing a software package for a business organization is the personal preferences of the people who will be using it. Some analysts work only in SAS or R, others are fluent in Stata, and others in SPSS. You can't force an entire department to write in only one language. People who know SPSS will want to continue using it, and it's a good investment for your business to make sure your analysts can do their job comfortably.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SPSS is very useful for helping us to analyze and visualize the data that we collect every day. Data isn't useful unless you can understand the story it tells, and SPSS is generally a good way to decipher the 0s and 1s into something that you can base a decision on.

SPSS Statistics review by User in Higher Education
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"Easy to use - Expensive to get"

What do you like best?

Through classes in my undergraduate and graduate degree I learned the ins and outs of SPSS. Moving into my current role, I use SPSS for small statistical analysis. Luckily I work for a university that provides the software for our use.

What do you dislike?

As I have worked with outside vendors in my position, other companies are interested in adding a statistics software to their organization but they are unable to afford the subscription for their small business. With other software out there that are cheaper or totally free, SPSS is becoming harder to stick with.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are student prices that have helped many many students that I know but is there a difference in pricing for the size of an organization. If so, this should be made more clear. The price of this tool makes it challenging to continue the use when there are other products that are free and as high quality.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been working on marketing data to look at the difference between commuter students and on campus students. Additionally, I am analyzing the best marketing practices to reach students and convince them to attend our university.

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"Powerful and effective, if used properly."

What do you like best?

PSS makes it so easy to perform complex analysis (e.g. segmenting data sets). However, I do think we underutilize SPSS and don't use it to it's fullest. This is probably due to a lack of training and understanding of it's capabilities as it can do much much more than we currently use it for.

What do you dislike?

The user interface could be easier to work with as well as a better help menu to troubleshoot/answer questions. When I don't know how to do something in SPSS it is not an easy process to figure out the answer. Usually it requires a lot of confusing blogs and reading through user's posts to determine the solution instead of having a simple help menu in SPSS itself.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are going to use SPSS, really know and understand it. There is SO much that it can do but it is too often under utilized.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are largely using SPSS to format data to use in developing crosstabs from marketing research projects. We also use SPSS when segmenting our survey data in order to perform K-means analysis and other statistical algorithms.

SPSS Statistics review by Clarence  B.
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"This is for Version 21"

What do you like best?

At the most simple, SPSS is able to simplify data analysis. That is a definite and I'd be hard pressed to find someone to say other wise. That is the biggest pro of the software/program. It's also secure, much more so than expected. Perhaps that's a function of the fact it is an IBM product.

What do you dislike?

Remember that there have obviously been updates, but integration and prep tools were much more difficult to be interfaced and ported in to the environment of the software's system. This was definitely true for larger files, particularly external ones with any kind of detailed encryption.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Update to the most current version.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The input and analysis of various statistical deviations. Mostly the biggest benefit has been streamlining of our operations and distribution of data. I am very happy with how that element has worked as it pertains to the tabulation of our various economic models.

SPSS Statistics review by User in Higher Education
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"Industry standard for qualitative/quantitative research and analysis!"

What do you like best?

IBM SPSS is a very powerful tool to hone your quantitative research skills and provides great walk throughs for understanding its powerful functionalities. Also, great online support that resolves issues quickly (if they every occur).

What do you dislike?

More compatibility with MS excel, including add-on tools/features that are part of a single user licence package is needed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Although there are some cheap (even free) tools available out there to perform statistical work, but the investment in SPSS is worth it, just for the friendly 24/7 support they provide, not to mention it's time tested features.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use SPSS mostly for quantitative research functionalities, including tabulating Z-scores with p-values on a loop to check for statistical significance.

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"Quick and convenient statistical analysis toolbox"

What do you like best?

I love that I can use dropdown menus and option boxes to conduct my analyses (rather than strictly writing code). Syntax is great way to keep track of what I have done, take notes, and repeat a previous analysis. So many functions, it does just about everything that I need.

What do you dislike?

When I run a bunch of analyses in one sitting, my output file piles up with analyses and there isn't a great way to separate things out. Not easy to find old output. I wish I could easily have another output file where I can save just the important things. I wish it were easier to delete output.

Recommendations to others considering the product

A training course is required in order to be able to use the full functionality of the software. well worth it though.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Conducting academic and industrial research on complex data sets, including motion tracking data.

SPSS Statistics review by User in Hospital & Health Care
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"SPSS for Research Data Analyses"

What do you like best?

I like that SPSS is laid out as a spreadsheet format where you can easily view the data and corresponding variables. I also like that SPSS makes it easy to run both basic and advanced statistical tests without spending hours coding as in other software programs, as it allows for automated data coding. In addition, SPSS makes it easy to locate and manage missing values.

What do you dislike?

The one thing I have found that I most dislike about SPSS is that it does not allow for you to edit and make changes in figure outputs. Other statistical software programs allow for these manipulations. It also has limited functionality when doing time series analysis.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For easy quantitative data analysis, I recommend using SPSS Statistics. In addition to easy and quick data import and entry, it allows for you to simply select the appropriate variables and output applications so that you can run quick automated statistical tests.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am using SPSS as a researcher who is involved with data analyses for clinical trials. I've found that SPSS is easy to learn, intuitive, and allows for accurate and efficient data entry and analysis.

SPSS Statistics review by Natalia M.
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"SPSS is my life"

What do you like best?

It is relatively easy to use, and it remembers the tests I have run. with the click of a button on the tool ar, I can rerun those tests without bothering with the menus again. Syntax is also a lifesaver as it speeds up the time I would be spending rerunning analyses.

What do you dislike?

Not as user-friendly as Excel. You cannot manipulate cells or format tables as easily as you can with Excel.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It speeds up my data analysis. It is also easy to learn, and easy to problem solve because there are so many youtube tutorials on different SPSS topics. love that i can save my syntax and reise it over and over again.

SPSS Statistics review by Anissa H.
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"SPSS=Great Analytics tool!"

What do you like best?

it is comprehensive in that it offers a way to analyze data no matter the inferential or descriptive test I need to run

What do you dislike?

I would like more embedded HELP with step by step instructions. I do not run but a few analytics routinely. When I have to delve into a new area, I have to stop and look up the how and where to run the test in SPSS.

Recommendations to others considering the product

IBM SPSS is the software to use for novice or experienced researchers. It "grows with you," and allows completion of small projects as well as large initiatives. It can create sophisticated output that can be inserted or transformed to publications or presentation software. It also has accessible online support and reference materials for specialty projects or quick HOW TO information. I recommend it to novice researchers in graduate school or colleagues working on their doctorates. I also recommend it to experienced researchers--however, those recommendations are usually moot b/c most of my colleagues already USE SPSS. It is the number 1 "GO TO" in analytics for me.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use SPSS to analyze research data for educational studies and for determining the influences or potential relationship of factors on different problems that we are addressing. It provides a robust method of getting sophisticated answers without too much help.

SPSS Statistics review by Francisco N.
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"Uno de los mejores programas estadísticos"

What do you like best?

El programa estadístico SPSS es el principal programa que usamos para el almacenamiento y tratamiento de los datos. De una forma sencilla permite ir añadiendo los datos y permite el uso de una gran diversidad de test y pruebas para su análisis.

What do you dislike?

El programa puede ser complejo las primeras veces que se usa, ya que es poco intuitivo. Sin embargo, en cada actualización mejoran la interfaz. Otro punto negativo es la poca facilidad que ofrece a la hora de añadir los datos, ya que no permite "arrastrar" las celdas, algo que sí es permitido en otros programas más simples como el Excel.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

IBM SPSS Stadistics nos permite en la empresa analizar los datos provenientes de las muestras y recogidas realizadas, y su fácil organización y las amplias pruebas existentes facilitan la tarea.

SPSS Statistics review by Rebecca B.
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"GUI alternative to programming heavy statistics programs"

What do you like best?

SPSS provides a graphical user interface (GUI) which allows users to point and click their way through statistical analyses. This is a great introduction to statistical software for users who are not experienced with programming. It also allows for syntax to let users bridge between point and click and syntax. Although it is confined in the types of data it can handle, this is a benefit for new users, as it gives more structure. It also offers a wide array of statistical tests.

What do you dislike?

It does not allocate memory well, making it difficult to work with big data within SPSS.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Good starting software for someone just learning statistical analyses

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Data analytics and management

SPSS Statistics review by Lana E.
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"SPSS IS GREAT FOR RESEARCH"

What do you like best?

SPSS is great for data input. Not everyone is fluent in statistical research and SPSS is great for qualitative and quantitative research. Even if you are not familiar with the database, IMB provides an extensive manual to help with the software which makes usage great!

What do you dislike?

So far, there is nothing I dislike about SPSS other than it can take a while to download. However, I believe they have worked a fix for that becuase the last update did not take as long to download.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SPSS is great for ANOVA, MANOVA, multiple regression, linear regression, descriptive statistics and so much more. Ones you have your data aligned SPSS makes it easy to compare groups, variables, etc. Currently, I am using the software in my own research.

SPSS Statistics review by Yun L.
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"SPSS is a great statistical package for routine data analysis."

What do you like best?

SPSS is easy to learn and intuitive to use. It provides all the basic functionalities through a simple point-click GUI.

What do you dislike?

Customizing analysis or doing repetitive tasks can be really tedious.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for an introductory statistical package to do routine data manipulation and analysis, this is a great start! There are plenty of tutorials and videos to get you going, and there is also room for more advanced and customized analysis as you build up skills and experience.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are suing SPSS for data analysis in healthcare research.

SPSS Statistics review by Ariana T.
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"SPSS is user friendly software to analyze data"

What do you like best?

It's user-friendly. Output is easy clear, concise, and easy to interpret. The tables are easy to read, you can generate different forms of graphs, it's easy to generate new variables and easily address research hypotheses.

What do you dislike?

Not as flexible as software like R. It doesn't work well when you try to copy and paste data from excel into SPSS. It only provides syntax if you hit "paste" rather than all the time. I think it would be helpful if it always produced syntax. Also, it would be nice if you could save the output file, the syntax file, and the dataset all under one combined file of some sort or automatically save in the same folder or something like that.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Watch videos online when confused or lost.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm analyzing data and SPSS has helped to efficiently analyze data.

SPSS Statistics review by Adam P.
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"SPSS is as close as you can get to ideal"

What do you like best?

It has the ability to do so many different types of computations. The step by step process to each one is largely very simple to understand, so if you are trying to achieve something specific, you can usually figure out how to create it. I particularly like its ability to create both hierarchical and K-Means clusters with ease and the ability to do all of the different types of regressions. I also like how easy it is to re-code variables into the same or different variables for analysis.

What do you dislike?

The biggest issue is its output, which leaves something to be desired visually. It would also be great to export frequencies and crosstabs as whole numbers instead of just percentages. But other than that, it's amazing

Recommendations to others considering the product

Really understand what you are needing out of it. Ultimately, it can handle a lot, but in my case it's ok to only have one user license because everyone in the company can use the same one as long as it's done one at a time. But take the time to know what it can do and don't be afraid to experiment - it's pretty robust!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used SPSS largely to run more advance statistical analysis, including correlations, regressions, factor analysis, cluster analysis and GLM. Since I'm in market research, we haven't gotten a lot more technical than this, but it definitely meets our needs.

SPSS Statistics review by Gabriel S.
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"The Best Way to Analyze Data"

What do you like best?

I appreciated how easy it is to input information from collected data into this software. Though usually a complicated process, IBM SPSS allows the researcher to chose from a multitude of statistical analysis in order to discover the significance of collected data. This software package also has every means of statistical analysis imaginable, for any type of data assessment.

What do you dislike?

There is not much I can honestly say I dislike about this software. Though all of the options might seem overwhelming at first to the novice statistical analyzer, one will quickly become comfortable with using this software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I think all new users should take the time to "play around" with the different types of statistical analyses that can be used. Although it may seem overwhelming at first, once the user practices for a little bit, they will soon realize they have everything they could have possibly imagined in regard to ways to analyze collected data.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am able to quickly and efficiently assess the data I have collected for an experiment and discover if my results have led to significant or not. This software is also an effective way to teach students in the field of psychology, who are interested in research, a number of different ways in which data can be assessed depending on the type of research design that is used.

SPSS Statistics review by Rosemary J.
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"Perfect for people who are not programmers"

What do you like best?

It has a good GUI interface which makes it easy to do statistics with programming. The options are very clear and grouped well. It is very easy to create graphs from the data. Also, you have the freedom to write up short scripts for analysing some data.

What do you dislike?

It takes up a lot of space and consumes a lot of memory. The patches aren't always stable.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are using version 24, don't install the two patches.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is easy to analyse large and small data sets obtained from research studies. It is convenient.

SPSS Statistics review by User in Higher Education
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"Powerful and Flexible Analytic Tool"

What do you like best?

The point and click user interface, with the ability to customize analyses/processes through syntax editing capabilities. The software is fairly easy to learn and very intuitive to use once it's been practiced a bit. I appreciate the ability to directly manipulate data in a spreadsheet in certain situations.

What do you dislike?

Complex analyses are considerably slower than other, non GUI based programs (e.g., R). However, for small-moderate data sets, the user interface convenience outweighs any computational time concerns. Also, the data visualization/graphing tools are non-intuitive and somewhat difficult to manipulate.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great for fairly standard analyses and some advanced processes, easy to learn and use but please pay attention to the analyses you're running! The user interface makes it easy to "point and click" even when you may not know exactly what you're clicking on!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use IBM SPSS Statistics in a research context, but often find myself using it for tracking recruitment and retention concerns due its ability to quickly explore subsamples (e.g., the Crosstab function). For instance, we regularly have to report on how many individuals contact us by race, location, age, and other demographics. On some occasions, we use our data sets to explore what types of individuals are most likely to continue to work with us and adjust our advertising strategies accordingly.

SPSS Statistics review by User in Research
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"Academic Researcher using SPSS"

What do you like best?

I like that SPSS is very user-friendly. I especially like that it has the option to "paste" syntax after using a point and click window so you can replicate the point and click option easily.

What do you dislike?

I dislike SPSS's limited ability to structure the data in different ways. It would be nice to be able to have matrices of data within the rows and columns in SPSS's template. Additionally, it would be better if SPSS had more capacity for for- and if- loops than it currently does.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would use other statistical programs first -- people tend to be moving away from SPSS as a platform and toward STATA or R or Python.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I do not use SPSS for business problems so I have not realized any benefits specifically related to business.

SPSS Statistics review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Effective (only if utilized mistake free)"

What do you like best?

IBM's SPSS Statistics allows users to effectively and rather efficiently analyze data and create advanced computations. The software is relatively user-friendly.

What do you dislike?

This software has the tendency to crash frequently, meaning if data is not saved it is lost. The problem I have with this software is the fact that computations are not correct if you do not complete them in the exact way the program dictates. Additionally, SPSS is a more outdated form of Excel and needs to be revamped to keep up with its competitors aesthetically.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I utilize SPSS to analyze data gathered in Psychological research. The software allows me to compute correlations, BG/WG INOVAs, t-tests, and chi-squares with ease. The addition of having the option to create graphs within the product is beneficial as well.

SPSS Statistics review by User in Higher Education
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"SPSS Is Helpful for Everything"

What do you like best?

I really enjoy the ability to easily transfer data between excel, google sheets, and SPSS. I also really like that once you "get" the program, you've got it -- once you learn what you're doing, you can do some pretty neat things statistically with it. I am also going to be teaching Behavioral Statistics in the fall, and it's going to be fun to impart this knowledge to other students in order for them to understand what I am doing as well.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the program isn't super intuitive -- for example, you have to do a lot of "playing around" with pieces of the software (such as graphs) in order for it to do what you want. It's also hard doing APA specific graphs in this software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I do a lot of research for each of my jobs, including psychological statistics for research papers, and examining the writing proficiency of students that I tutor. I am also teaching Behavioral Statistics at the collegiate level, and will be teaching students the ins and outs of SPSS in order to help them become proficient within their fields.

SPSS Statistics review by April B.
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"SPSS is a good program for simple statistics and analyses "

What do you like best?

SPSS is very user friendly. For those who are not great at coding or don't want to learn a specific language, this program is for one. You can use the menu option. However, if you want to learn a language, the program also allows you to do that!

What do you dislike?

It is not good for more advanced analyses. If you want to do more in-depth or intense statistics, it is not easy to figure out. Some settings (referent groups) aren't able to be changed unless you know the coding.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This program is good for simple statistical analysis, but if you want to do anything in-depth, I would recommend different programs. It seems that programs/students that are not in the hard sciences often use this program. It is easy to use, you don't need to learn the coding language, and it is simple to click around and figure things out. It also is great for building a dataset, especially for those wanting to learn how to do so. I recommend this product, but again, it is not great for more advanced stuff.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use this program to write research reports and to how our data. This helps us with keeping grant funding, as well as publishing papers and disseminating research findings.

SPSS Statistics review by Kate K.
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"Necessary resource"

What do you like best?

Once you understand how to use it, it is quick and simple. Includes the basics of what I need. I rely on it when analyzing statistics for research

What do you dislike?

Not terribly user friendly. I wish inputting data was faster. I wish it had modeling capabilities.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is more popular than SAS and so I recommend it to all young researchers. YouTube has some very helpful tutorials if you get stuck, and there are a number of well written research methods/statistics textbooks that incorporate SPSS.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am a professor and use it for quantitative research. I also teach it to my students has a necessary tool.

SPSS Statistics review by User in Higher Education
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"Statistics software that's easy to use"

What do you like best?

I like that SPSS is easy to use but also allows users to compute more advanced statistics utilizing the sytnax options. These syntax options allow you to contribute to science by sharing what you've done. Also, this allows you to better understand how the software works and replicate your analyses for the future.

What do you dislike?

SPSS does not have a good graphing or chart building platform. Also, SPSS is much more expensive than other statistical softwares. While SPSS makes statistics easy, there are growing platforms that are free of charge and have great resources for trouble shooting issues that arise.

Recommendations to others considering the product

SPSS is the current standard in statistical computing but may be forced to adjust due to lower price, more flexible platforms. It's still one of the best on the market though. SPSS gives you the option to paste your scripts. I recommend doing this because it allows you to track your analyses and potentially share what you've done with other researchers attempting the same kind of computations.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use SPSS to analyze data collected for research projects, mostly for my academic program's benchmarks (theses and dissertation). I've been able to compute parametric and nonparametric analyses with ease using SPSS. The benefits I've realized are basically being able to I have been publish my results in decent journals.

SPSS Statistics review by Alberto S.
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"Friendly-user interface for basic statistics"

What do you like best?

It is a great software for statistics if you want to perform some basic analysis. The interface is thought to amateur or proffesionals who do not have a strong theorical background in statistics.

What do you dislike?

When you want to perform some more advance analysis, it is limited, and it is difficult to obtain help or guidance when you want to add some lines to customize the scripts.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

For almost every statistical analysis in a very large range of fields, from business to investigation.

SPSS Statistics review by Andrew A.
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"Great and Reliable Statistical Software"

What do you like best?

Love how easy to use SPSS is, and appreciate the intuitive nature of the software.

What do you dislike?

There are a couple of features for specific parametric tests that I would like to see included here that are statistically possible, but just not available.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would say you should definitely find yourself a good how-to guide that simply explains the basics of the software and be sure you familiarize yourself with beginner statistical tests and analysis methods in advance.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been able to really keep my project data organized and I am slowly learning more and more tools to aid in data analysis.

SPSS Statistics review by Ling T.
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"User Friendly Research Tool"

What do you like best?

It's user friendly and easy to learn. Great for one has no programming background to use for research projects. Good Tech support person to work with when something goes wrong (not often).

What do you dislike?

Structural equation modeling is not included unless you purchase AMOS. Affordability - It is expensive without any academic discount and you must purchase add-on features more advanced capabilities.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a good starting/Intro. level software for studnets or anyone who wants to foucs on data analyses.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use IBM Statistics and IBM SPSS Text Analytical for Surveys for social/education and market research projects.

SPSS Statistics review by Travis M.
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"Simple Statistics "

What do you like best?

The software is easy to use and has options for very easy point and click procedures. The visual of the data itself is clean and is easy to manipulate and code. SPSS allows you to run a lot of statistical procedures and is very easy to use and learn.

What do you dislike?

There is some limitation on the types of statistical functions that the software provides.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Easy to use and easy to learn.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am able to run complex statistical procedures in a very easy point and click way. I can also use syntax or quicker data processing. SPSS facilitates my research.

SPSS Statistics review by Jennifer H.
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"Graduate Student Using SPSS"

What do you like best?

Comprehensive toolbox for complex statistical analyses allowing multiple slightly tweaked versions of analyses that can then be compared.

What do you dislike?

When a syntax error occurs information on what the error was and where it occurred and how to fix it (i.e. showing an example) could be more informative. When entering a categorical variable referring to frequency of a behavior that is coded as a number, sometimes the SPSS cell "assumes" and changes it to the wrong answer. For example: How often in the past 28 days have you eaten a meal cooked by other people: "No Days"-0, "1-5 Days"-1, "6-11"-2, "12-17"-3, "18-23"-4, "24-28"-5. In an example like this if the respondent selected "6-11" the data entry person would simply hit "2" which has been known to automatically convert the answer to "24-28" or "5" because of the "2" that they have in common.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try to find a reliable source for video tutorials as once you begin data analysis the different caveats needed for your syntax and which boxes to check when creating an analysis are not always intuitive.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We do not use IBM SPSS in a business setting. Our use of IBM SPSS allows for analysis of variables ranging from clinical outcome indicators to personality and psychometric measures and their many contributing factors.

SPSS Statistics review by Kelsie C.
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"Great statistics software! Easy to use for data analysis!"

What do you like best?

My favorite part of SPSS is how easy it is to use. I also like how you can analyze data quickly and easily learn how to use the software online or through taking a statistics class. I have used other statistics software packages, and this one is the best as far as being user friendly and can be used by people with a range of statistics skills and knowledge.

What do you dislike?

It can cause your computer to run slowly, so you have to be careful when you are running other programs in the background. This can cause your computer to freeze if you are not careful and can cause work to be deleted before you have a chance to save it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend trying the trial version if you have never used SPSS before to ensure it meets your needs. I would also recommend taking time to understand the functionality of the software. There are great tutorials on the web!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Primarily, I use SPSS for data analysis. As an evaluation coordinator, it helps analyze data and run reports in order to see how effective our program actually is. It can also help you code data for analysis, and you can save all of the work you are doing in SPSS.

SPSS Statistics review by Evan F.
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"SPSS as a Research Assistant"

What do you like best?

SPSS is commonly used at my workplace and school for data analysis. I enjoy its relative ease of use, as my tutorial class demonstrated how, with a methodical nature, you can perform a lot of complex statistical analyses; it helps walk you through it.

What do you dislike?

I am not a fan of certain aspects SPSS design interface. It can be complicated at times and is not very aesthetically pleasing. I don't like how exporting is done with this program.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend brushing up on your basic statistical knowledge if you are not familiar with such aspects.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use SPSS for statistical analyses such as ANOVA and repeated measures analyses, which are common in our research.

SPSS Statistics review by Jillian P.
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"Simple and effective statistical software"

What do you like best?

I like that I have the option of writing my own syntax but also clicking in menus and the software is able to write syntax/code for me. I like that it is easy to use overall in terms of the tutorials and manuals you can find online.

What do you dislike?

I don't like sometimes it can slow my computer down when files are very large... although this is expected.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am able to do much more in SPSS than what can be done in Excel. Most of my colleagues are fluent in excel but if they want to take their data analysis a step further, I have to help them using SPSS.

SPSS Statistics review by Jade M.
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"So much Stastistic - So little time"

What do you like best?

SPSS is, by far, the most intense statistical software I have ever encountered. Whereas with other software you might use to sort or compute data, like Excel and to a certain extent Access, SPSS can handle the sheer amount of data you might be looking to process for a research project like content analysis or surveying.

What do you dislike?

While I find SPSS much more user friendly than Excel or Access, the running tabs and organizations do not always feel intuitive. Most of the data I process is nominal. I hardly process anything more statistically heavy than Cramer's V, Cohen's Kappa, and Chi-Squares so at times I feel like a baby with a hand grenade: It's more software than *I* need. But what I need it for I really need it because it's button clicking which results in less error than when I'm looking up and typing the function on excel

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are considering getting SPSS for your university or for yourself as a researcher, I cannot stress enough - go, get, or have someone train you, in how to use the software. It does do SO much, but without training your ability to use SPSS is going to be limited. I spent time button mashing, trial and error, and having professors walk them through typical processes. When I have problems, they are typically due to human error and not the software itself so I Google or ask other SPSS users how to get around it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm using the software to crunch research numbers for projects I'm a part of for my university

SPSS Statistics review by User in Non-Profit Organization Management
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"Experience with SPSS"

What do you like best?

SPSS makes is easy to work with Excel. You can download your data set you create in SPSS into an excel spreadsheet, or you can upload an excel spreadsheet to use in Excel. This is helpful because it does not limit the data sets that you can work with, and also makes it easier to save progress you have made in exploring your data so that you can hold onto the hard data before you start playing around with it.

What do you dislike?

It definitely takes a while to figure out how exactly to use the software. If I hadn't taken a few classes on how exactly to use it. Even understanding statistics fairly well does not lend simple use of this program, but once you know how to use it you can do so much. I can't imagine there is an easy way to make it easier to use right away, but that would be my only suggestion.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Although you are able to teach yourself the program, I would highly suggest finding guides online or even taking a tutorial class on how to use it. When I taught myself the program, there was so many useful aspects that I did not find on my own.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SPSS is a huge help in large research projects or really any data analysis. I have used this both in class-related projects for graduate level classes or within the work place running through data analysis. It provides ways to build and save data sets for future use, to visualize the data that we are looking at, and to run different kinds of analysis that programs like Excel cannot do.

SPSS Statistics review by Rebecca M.
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"Awkward At First But Does The Trick!"

What do you like best?

I can get all of the stats and analytics I need with ease by writing my own formulas and designing the variables that work with my particular project. The analytics are amazing for this kind of work because I can output my data as a .txt file and import it directly to SPSS for a thorough analysis. SPSS has the option for coding your own statistical tests in addition to its "point and click" UI. This allows for more complex work if needed. It also allows me to export graphic representations of my data, analyze mean values and complex variants, etc. The scripting ability was also incredibly helpful. I also found it helpful that I could edit my information in forms and that you can easily output to accessible external software (Excel, etc).

What do you dislike?

It can be less than user friendly at times but once you get the hang of it it feels less painful. It feels like a lot of the perks with this software are not easily discoverable to a new user and you need to spend a lot of time working with it to begin to discover better and faster ways of utilizing the product. I think this has to do with the complicated interface. The variable selection can be complicated and sometimes the outputs to software can get cut off depending on the program.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You will find it exceptionally useful once you get the hang of it!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can easily draw up reliable stats that meet the industry standard. I've only seen it used in psychology research, but I'd image the highly varied options for analysis would be helpful in almost any industry. SPSS is "intelligent" in that it automatically ignores common issues such as missing data points so that our data doesn't get skewed with is a real benefit which saves time and money!

SPSS Statistics review by User in Management Consulting
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"IBM SPSS - good program, but definitely has some drawbacks"

What do you like best?

It is user-friendly, for the most part. Point and click functionality. Retains old options while moving ahead with new ones (old, canned reporting, but recommend building your own, for example). Even with version updates, it retains a static feel that makes it easy to adjust.

What do you dislike?

There are quirks - case sensitivity being one. And while the somewhat static appearance is starting to feel old and outdated. With all of the power at IBM's disposal, one would think there could be some major advances added to SPSS (cleaner, more modern reporting, for one).

Recommendations to others considering the product

There aren't many options out there at this level, but make sure you know what you are getting before you commit to one. It isn't always easy to switch back and forth.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use SPSS to do most of our data analysis, client work. I guess the biggest benefit is that it can handle the large amounts of data that I am working with, and I know the quirks well enough that when something does go wrong, I typically know where to look for the answer.

SPSS Statistics review by Caitlin B.
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"SPSS is there for you when others aren't"

What do you like best?

The data visualization tools within SPSS are amazing, and overall have blown me away when I have needed to use SPSS. When instructing someone to do a task, it seems easier for me to teach someone how to do a task using SPSS than another data analysis tool.

What do you dislike?

The windowed design of SPSS does not fit my workflow well, and given the option, I would make the entire program fit in a single window. Given that this is my largest complaint, SPSS is overall astounding.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Understand the windowed format of the program. If you do, your workflow when using SPSS will improve dramatically.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've used SPSS for visualizing data patterns and summarizing datasets.

SPSS Statistics review by Administrator
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"Simple GUI and well-organized instructions with learning services"

What do you like best?

SPSS is easy to start statistical analyses by just using a simple GUI interface. At the installation of software, there are many online resources for help and offline lerning services if your budgets allow. SPSS is suitable for the person who is not familiar with machine languages as well as detailed statistics.

What do you dislike?

SPSS statistics doesn't have a kind of templates to perform routine analyses. Beginners like me may be sometimes confused with reminding a series of analyses.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Trial software would be helpful to consider SPSS.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am a research scientist in food industry, and analyze the research data of clinical trials and animal studies. The statistical methods used are dependent on the research field, but I have to run the analyses in a way of trial and error. Without learning specific languages, SPSS can easily handle the statistical analysis in accordance with scientific papers.

SPSS Statistics review by User
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"Great for higher education"

What do you like best?

I like that the interface is so intuitive. Unlike R or STATA (also great programs) it is not necessary to understand coding in order to use SPSS. This makes SPSS a great teaching tool for students who are just learning statistics.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that SPSS is not ideal for all analyses. As far as my experience goes, I have not been able to use SPSS for more complex analyses such as statistical equation modeling or for analyzing large datasets.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I highly recommend SPSS as a teaching tool and for more simplistic analyses.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use SPSS as a grad student/teaching assistant in social sciences. SPSS is the best software for students because it is so easy to use. Even students who have not yet fully grasped core statistical concepts can navigate the program and effectively conduct analyses. SPSS has proven to be the ideal statistical software for classroom settings. In my research experience, SPSS has allowed me to conduct analyses without learning coding necessary for other programs such as R and STATA.

SPSS Statistics review by Elizabeth M.
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"Powerful statistics program, easy to use interface"

What do you like best?

SPSS is a great stats program. I have used many other programs (R, STATA, etc.), and SPSS is one of the easiest to use programs that has drop down menus and runs all of the basic stats tests that are needed for academic or practitioner research. It allows for general linear models, regression, ANOVA, t-tests, and mediation (e.g., with the addition of PROCESS macros). Data can be directly downloaded from modern survey software (e.g., Qualtrics) or can be imported from excel or other tab-delimited programs. Results can be exported to pdf, word document, or other files that can be shared with someone that does not have the SPSS program. It is the only program that I use now (except for other programs needed to run structural equation modeling) and the only program that I recommend to the students that I teach.

What do you dislike?

It is hard to say dislikes because this program is so great. There are some tests that it is not able to run, such as structural equation models. Although you can get supplementary programs by IBM, such as AMOS that can utilize data in SPSS to run the necessary models. Sometimes the program can freeze if you are running it on an old computer, which will make me utilize excel to code data first prior to putting in SPSS.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Download the trial version and see what you think. To be unbiased, try STATA and R, and you will quickly see why SPSS is easier to use. Also, make sure your computer has the necessary processor requirements to prevent the program from freezing during use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am academic that conducts research as part of my job. As such, SPSS allows me to conduct research to better understand how variables relate to one another. I study how consumers respond to advertising, so in a sense, the program is helping me to solve problems of getting consumers to pay attention to advertising and helping business' design more effective advertisements. The benefits I have realized is huge time savings over other programs that are harder to use or do not have all the basic stats tests available.

SPSS Statistics review by User in Higher Education
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"SPSS Stats for graduate level psychology"

What do you like best?

I really like that you can use the user interface to generate a script and then modify it as you see fit. The user interface is useful for quick analyses as well and makes showing other people how to use it easy. I also like that you can generate graphs in the output after running analyses.

What do you dislike?

I don't know if SPSS is going to be usable for some of the more advanced statistics I'll need to do in the next few years involved nested data. It is sometimes difficult to manipulate data in SPSS so typically I will do this ahead of time in excel.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Its a pretty user friendly statistics package that many people are familiar with and there are tons of online resources (youtube and such) because it is so widely used.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm not exactly solving business problems, but I am analyzing data from studies that help inform my research. SPSS has a lot of benefits in terms of what I can use it for in my research.

SPSS Statistics review by User in Higher Education
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"Useful only if your work requires it"

What do you like best?

I learned this software for resume purposes -- since some workplaces require it, I figured it would be a good skill to have. The most I can say about it is that it is relatively easy to learn if you're already fluent in other statistics software.

What do you dislike?

Honestly, I find this software less attractive and less intuitive that similar point-and-click statistics software such as Stata, and obviously it's less powerful and flexible than something like R. My personal opinion would be to use Stata if you want something easy-to-use/shallow learning curve, and use R if you want something more powerful. I don't think SPSS is a top choice for either purpose.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would check out Stata first -- it's very similar but honestly I think more intuitive and easy to use. Both are paid products. R is also a good alternative if you want something free (more flexible, but definitely more challenging to learn).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Main benefit would just be if you are required to use it by your employer or to coordinate with others. I use it at work only if a coworker/coauthor requires it, or occasionally to open software files in SPSS format and convert them to CSV or DTA formats.

SPSS Statistics review by Ashley D.
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"IBM SPSS"

What do you like best?

I have used IBM SPSS Statistics program since graduate school. Once you get familiar with it, it is relatively simple to run most analyses. The new update threw me a bit for a loop, but I'm getting in the groove with it now.

What do you dislike?

I don't love the interface. It's a bit wonky until you get used to where everything is located. I wish you could also pull variable titles in from Excel, but I haven't found a way to do that.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it some time. It takes some getting use to!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am an academic researcher. I use IBM on a regular basis to complete my research. I don't know what I'd do without it!

SPSS Statistics review by Dristi A.
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"Excellent tool for data analysis"

What do you like best?

I have been using SPSS for the last 6 years. As a research assistant, this is an ideal tool to import, clean, organize and analyze my data. The graphs are very beautiful.

What do you dislike?

Collaborative offline working is missing

Recommendations to others considering the product

Ideal for beginners-

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Currently, I am using SPSS to manage my longitudinal study data. The ease of defining and analyzing data is better than other software. Would still prefer to have online collaborative version

SPSS Statistics review by User
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"Statistical Software for Social Science Research"

What do you like best?

SPSS provides users to organize, calculate, and analyze social science data. This software is so much easier to handle huge amount of data compared to excel. It can allow us to do simple calculation, descriptive analysis, correlation, regression, factor analysis, and so on. I believe that they added more analytical features such as neural network and forecasting.

What do you dislike?

The only think that I don't like about this software is that their software manual provided by IBM is not easy to find the right information quickly since it has so many information. I would suggest people to find a handy books that other scientists write about how to use spss.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is the best statistical software for social science

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have large amount of data from participants in social science study, and statistical analysis is very time-consuming process without this useful software designed for this specific purpose. Benefits are minimizing our time for analysis. It records all of our steps in this software on the output sheet. So, other researchers can reproduce your outputs

SPSS Statistics review by Natalie P.
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"Good for those who lack programming knowledge"

What do you like best?

It's easier to use than other platforms, there is less programming and it is more intuitive. It is better for people who lack statistics knowledge

What do you dislike?

The graphs aren't great and if you are coming from a platform such as R or SASS it can feel really round about

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need more in-depth analysis, try learning R or SAS, but if you just need basic things go SPSS good for beginners!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is easy to teach, and if you are doing the same things every week it is easy to use.

SPSS Statistics review by User in Management Consulting
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"Great software, not the most intuitive user interface."

What do you like best?

Spss is a great tool for anybody looking to do statistical analysis on large datasets. Data is very easy to insert into the program, and once you get the hang of it you can run a lot of different statistical tests on the dataset.

What do you dislike?

The user interface is very clunky and windows ‘95ish. It’s difficult to find the actual test that you want to use because the user interface is so hard to use.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It’s a great product. It’s important that you understand the capacity of the product before purchasing it. There are many other statistical software that you can use for free, that have similar capabilities as Spss.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

At our consulting firm, we use Spss primarily to format market research data. It is invaluable in formatting huge datasets. I’ve also used the program to run statistical analysis for difference in means and other types of tests to show statistical significance in many of our presentations.

SPSS Statistics review by User in Higher Education
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"SPSS is good for the basics and for beginners"

What do you like best?

SPSS is a good basic statistical software for all of your basic analytical needs. The point-and-click usability and menus are nice when you exploring what to do with your data, and the data editor is a nice feature to have to look over and through your data and variables quickly. The data editor is one of my favorite features of SPSS. The layout (syntax, output, data editor) is also user-friendly and straightforward. It's good for people just stepping into statistical software and for when you need to go back and forth among them or between SPSS and other programs.

What do you dislike?

I was trained in STATA, SAS, and Mplus and am used to writing in syntax, which is oftentimes faster if you know what you're doing. SPSS's syntax is not, in my opinion, very user-friendly or easy to manipulate. There are a lot of options and specifications that need to be made underneath the main commands, but I find them hard to remember and a bit complex. Therefore, typing out my desired code is not very feasible, so I have to rely on the point-and-click menus. For running a high volume of short analyses quickly, this becomes a little frustrating. Also, if you are running complex, multilevel models, for example, SPSS is not powerful enough to do that.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My work is in behavioral health research. SPSS is one of the standard tools for those in psychology, so it's been easy to share my work with colleagues using SPSS.

SPSS Statistics review by Jordan G.
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"Easy and great for beginners"

What do you like best?

The dropdown feature on SPSS is by far the best part--particularly for those interested in applied statistics, or for people who are getting started working with simple analyses such as crosstabs and other bi- and multivariable models.

What do you dislike?

SPSS has its limitations. When it comes to advanced modeling, it's harder to execute this on SPSS... Softwares like R or SAS are more helpful in this regard.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use SPSS to analyze data from qualitative surveys that aim to answer social and behavioral health-oriented research questions.

SPSS Statistics review by Amy Z.
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"Easy to Use and Powerful"

What do you like best?

I love how powerful SPSS is, I am able to do analysis quickly and easily. It allows for both complex and simple analysis. I like that it uses menus to walk you through the analysis selections but that you can also use the programming language when you need to do analysis in bulk.

What do you dislike?

It is not always clear what the inputs should be for each type of test while you are in the platform or even through the robust help section. I also wish it was more explicit if the test helps to validate the bull hypothesis or not. I don't use statistics all the time, and would love if I didn't need to refresh myself through external resources each time.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use SPSS to test whether or not I am seeing significant differences within the population of survey data. SPSS helps me make strategic business recommendations.

SPSS Statistics review by Rebecca T B.
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"Same as it ever was"

What do you like best?

Powerful statistical analysis tool driven by menus, with the capability of using syntax to access more complex features. Backward compatible for years. Improved graphical capabilities in the more recent versions. Continually adding new analyses and data transformation capabilities. Easy to learn with lots of existing documentation.

What do you dislike?

A new release every year, EXPENSIVE, and, well, same as it ever was. They are currently on version 23 and I have manuals from version 17 that are still completely accurate. This leaves the interface looking outdated. While the graphical capabilities are improving, they are phenomenal and pale in comparison to other tools such as Tableau.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you know it, then its great. If you want/need a point and click statistical tool, it is one of the best.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Statistical analysis of research data, data management and transformation.

SPSS Statistics review by Lynn W. Y.
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"Great analysis tool, once you get over the learning curve"

What do you like best?

It's proven itself to be a very effective analytical tool, once you get over the learning curve.

What do you dislike?

The learning curve is steep. The UI isn't great, and the UX leaves a lot to be desired. SPSS is a memory hog, and it doesn't do well with large data sets with multiple values.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Learning to code in SPSS without input from the program is a bit of a learning curve. And although it may look attractive from a price point, you do get what you pay for. Be prepared to do some DIY online sleuthing if you run into any issues.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We mainly used it for trend and statistical analysis. In terms of benefits realized, it's much cheaper to use than SQL or any Oracle-based system.

SPSS Statistics review by User in Higher Education
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"SPSS is essential for complex data analysis"

What do you like best?

SPSS provides a well-rounded package of different statistical analyses within an easy to use interface.

What do you dislike?

Some analyses require purchases add-ons to use.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're looking for an analysis package that will calculate basic statistics, SPSS is for you. It has an easy to use interface for new users as well as syntax programming for more experienced users. It falls short of providing all one might need in terms on complicated statistical analyses, like structured equation modeling, but is a solid basic program to meet most needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SPSS helps analyze survey data on individuals' attitudes and opinions for psychological research.

SPSS Statistics review by User in Higher Education
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"Great program for social scientists across the board"

What do you like best?

I love that it is a well used software that you can find answers to all over the internet. While it does have a cost, the student cost is reasonable when you buy from a third party seller. I like that you can use the pretty intuitive user interface clicking drop down menu options, but that you can also use syntax to do your analysis.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that you have to buy a new license every year, or up to 3 years depending on your license.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for a good software to do all 'basic' statistical analyses this is a great software to go to. You can use it at a pretty basic level, it's quick to learn, or you can learn the syntax and even learn python to use with this software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use this for my personal research, my professional work as well as a data/research analyst.

SPSS Statistics review by User in Management Consulting
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"SPSS"

What do you like best?

Easy to use statistical analysis... I was able to run formulas and export data quickly. This program helped me tell a story using data, and brought numbers and statistics to life. What's best was that I feel like I only used 5% of the capabilities... I wish I knew more about the additional capabilities within the program! My favorite thing was that it made me feel so polished... the final product on SPSS was outstanding.

What do you dislike?

Like I mentioned above, there is so much you can do with SPSS. At times, it felt overwhelming. I wish there was more "Help" features that didn't just explain basic steps, but overall big picture concepts. For instance, WHY would I want to use a certain feature, or insert a specific variable in a formula, or it provided a recommendation of which chart was best suited for my needs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There is so much you can do with SPSS ... consider buying a help book! :)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used this program when running response rates for a conference -- it helped me analyze what courses/session would be most attractive to conference attendees based on information about their past experiences.

I also used SPSS frequently throughout courses in graduate school. There, it helped me run case studies and predictive analyses.

SPSS Statistics review by User in Hospital & Health Care
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"IBM SPSS Statistics"

What do you like best?

IBM SPSS Statistics is a very robust and user friendly statistics package. SPSS not only gives you the ability to "automate" analysis through syntax scripting, but it also offers a very easy to use "point and click" analysis interface. SPSS is suitable for people at all levels of use (from students to professionals).

What do you dislike?

I really do not have any dislikes. I have been using SPSS for over 10 years and it has always met my needs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would highly recommend IBM SPSS Statistics to anyone who is looking for a statistics software. With over 10 years of experience with the software I haven't been happier with a program I use most days.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

IBM SPSS Statistics allows us to analyze our data at so many levels. We can quickly do descriptive statistics and also have the ability to dive deep into the data with very high level analysis.

SPSS Statistics review by User in Research
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"SPSS"

What do you like best?

I like it's accessibility, and how easy it is to understand the layout, especially as someone who had to learn how to use SPSS on the fly.

What do you dislike?

I wish, for each analysis tool, there was a description of what it's used for on hand. Almost like there was a code book of some sort for it, to help people just getting started. Tutorials would also be helpful.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Save copies of everything before merging or changing data. It's extremely difficult to "Command Z", or undo, changes using SPSS.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are analyzing behavioral data from weight loss studies. One of the best parts of SPSS are the plethora of visual representations of data you can use. The graphs are crucial for communicating significance and descriptive statistics.

SPSS Statistics review by Eltighani E.
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"I have used SPSS intensively during the past three decades in analysing crossional & tme series"

What do you like best?

It is really good for decripitive statistics and cross tabulation in particualr for cross sectional data and KAP surveys

What do you dislike?

Do modeling with SPSS is not very convincing to me

Recommendations to others considering the product

I think they need to improve interfacing with sister software and introduce narrating and graphing the reports. Also, should be be internet driven software where practitioners get direct support from headquarter during using the SPSS. For example, SPSS could successfully enter the business of On Line data collection, processing, analysis and reporting, specially for non parametric analysis and GIS

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Many from Rapid survey analysis through household surveys and KAP to regression modeling

SPSS Statistics review by User in Higher Education
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"SPSS Review"

What do you like best?

SPSS is pretty user friendly, easy to learn, and has all the functions I need at my level in psychology research. The layout is clean and has most of the basic functionalities available in the program's various dropdown menus. I like the program's ability to write and modify your own syntax.

What do you dislike?

SPSS can often get bogged down doing something as simple as selecting, deleting, or copying big chunks of data. Sometimes I'll have to close the program and restart it. This has been a common complaint among colleagues using the program.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use SPSS to crunch large datasets for research and clinical purposes at an anxiety clinic. The program has helped us see trends and other useful information utilizing various statistical analyses.

SPSS Statistics review by User in Higher Education
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"Great data analysis software"

What do you like best?

I like the ability to write your own syntax and save it. I also like the ability to save outputs.

What do you dislike?

SPSS 20 for Mac has been very buggy in the past. Such that if you had one SPSS file open (any type), you could not double click another SPSS file within the finder window and have it open. It would give an error and refuse to open. Any additional files had to be opened from the open window within SPSS. This was pretty annoying, but it still functioned. Had all of our tech people look at it and it seems to have been a pretty widespread problem for all mac users.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is very easy to collaborate by sending syntax back and forth between partners. It also allows us to analyze our data quickly and easily for publication/dissemination.

SPSS Statistics review by Haince Denis P.
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"Perfect software for statistical analysis"

What do you like best?

I have used a couple of different statistical softwares. IBM SPSS (Statistical analysis in social science) is an amazing software, one stop shop for all the statistics related analysis. The graphical user interface is elegantly built for ease. I was quickly able to learn and use it.

What do you dislike?

Although SPSS has good data visualization capabilities, I sometimes feel it is not up to the mark when compared to other softwares available in the market. Also, interacting with and making changes to the visualization is difficult in SPSS software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Have basic understanding of statistical concepts; leave the rest to the software. It has it all.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am working on a research data analysis project to find co-relation between two entities and perform predictive analytics. SPSS is my software of choice due to its intuitive nature.

SPSS Statistics review by User
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"good features that saves a lot of time for the users, but gonna know how do use the features"

What do you like best?

Simple and clear results shown. lots of demos on youtube or other sources so easy to navigate. When i used the product for analyzing my data from science research, it allowed me to use various features to compare the relationships and find attributing factors. Also i took a stats course that utilized the program, so i knew the basic features already before using it in my lab. Other people in the lab also used this program to analyze their data and get results to publish in science journals. The detailed result that comes out can be very helpful in improving your experiment setups, too.

What do you dislike?

not free and the fact that there are too many features so when you first use it it might be overwhelming.

Recommendations to others considering the product

good program to use for statistics. used in many stats courses and lots of demos on youtube so if needed, can get lots of help or support. Also, most university libraries have the program installed as it is widely used, so if needed, you could get access to the program without paying.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

finding for any statistical significance or relationships in different factors I am comparing. Results are all math, so not much room for error.

SPSS Statistics review by User in Higher Education
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"Good for statistical analysis"

What do you like best?

I like the ease of use of SPSS and the charts and graphs that it outputs. The toolbar has almost anything you would need so it doesn't require writing any complex codes

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it is hard to use the dropdown menu when you have many variables. There should be an easy way to find the variable than to go down the list.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend SPSS to those who want an easy to use statistical package because it is very user friendly. It doesn't require writing any complex codes

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use this for analyzing data for projects. It provides useful analysis using different statistical methods.

SPSS Statistics review by Executive Sponsor in Market Research
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"SPSS "

What do you like best?

Easy to label data, run and rerun analysis

What do you dislike?

There are sometimes too many steps to select parameters for analysis - it would be nice to save preferences. It would also be nice of they had more succinct reminders of what each analysis will get you - both statistically and from a business sense, particularly for ones we don't do as often. It would also be nice to have an easy way to conduct management/quality oversight

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Analysis of client data - importance, performance, satisfaction, segmentation, market opportunity identification. In terms of benefits, I've used the data to feed strategic recommendations and reports.

SPSS Statistics review by Pedro S.
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"Great software for analysis"

What do you like best?

Easy to use for basic and advanced analysis. Because it is one of the industry standard software packages in analysis, it is easy to share models and properly cleaned/formatted data.

What do you dislike?

It costs too much money for a statistical suite that has free and open source alternatives. It's not incredible expensive, but it offers no advantages over some packages that are free and open source.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Look into more affordable options if that's an issue at your organization. SPSS is a great piece of software, but if you're in the nonprofit industry, for example, it doesn't offer any benefits compared to FOSS alternatives.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used SPSS to develop projections for service need and potential delivery, and to create models regarding program application with changes in client populations. The ease of use was fantastic, and it was able to work with imperfect data.

SPSS Statistics review by User
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"SPSS "

What do you like best?

Easy to use software. It as a great online plat form that help you learn different statistics. There is so many options and a lot of statistics that are easy to run

What do you dislike?

Earlier this year I had a problem with my subscription and SPSS wasn't working correctly but i was able to get in conact with customer service. They were helpful but it took a long time to get everything working correctly which was frustrating

Recommendations to others considering the product

DO it. There is so much online support that if you have any questions you can get them right away. Its awesome. You will learn a lot about statistics

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I do market research so it is imparative to my business other wise would be have to do the statics by hand or only do very basic statics

SPSS Statistics review by User
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"Easy to use and good for what it is."

What do you like best?

My favorite part about SPSS is how easy it is to use, and especially for new team members to pick it up and work with it.

What do you dislike?

While it is easy to use, SPSS does not come close to the versatility and flexibility in different statistical modeling techniques that other programs have.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Most of our low-level analyses are done in SPSS. For repeat analyses, we can save and rerun syntax commands, and new analyses are easy to add as well. It's especially nice that new team members with no experience can pick up SPSS within a week or so.

SPSS Statistics review by Sharon M.
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"Powerful statistical software - not for the faint hearted"

What do you like best?

You can do a lot in it - and it has support for R and Python so really you can do everything in it. Extremely flexible software. An excellent statistical software package, but really needs some statistical background.

What do you dislike?

Not particularly well suited to market research data. You can run all sorts of statistical analyses easily in SPSS, but producing a simple report of cross-tabulations for all your data is time consuming because SPSS doesn't easily allow you to apply different filters to different questions. Great statistical tool but poor for viewing and analysing market research data at an overall level. Also, while SPSS has python and R support, it's not easy to work out how to actually get these features to work. Very poor customer service - if you have a question about using the software you're much much better off looking on online forums than trying to contact SPSS directly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Requires quite a bit of learning to become familiar with the software, and is something you ideally need to use with some frequency to get the most out of it. However, many of the statistical functions have simple menus you can use to get to what you want. Ideally though you need to know at least a little bit about scripting. Only for those who have had some stats training.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Market research applications - typical uses are for factor analysis, regression analysis, CHAID/CRT/QUEST analysis, ANOVA/MANOVA

SPSS Statistics review by Sharyl W.
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"My go to for research analysis"

What do you like best?

You can run all sorts of research data analyses on this program without needing to write any codes.

What do you dislike?

It's hard to figure out which analysis to use at times just by navigating through the program. There is no guide. You need basic research analyses knowledge.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Quick and easy research analyses. Even for complicated analyses

SPSS Statistics review by Evan S.
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"User-Friendly Statistical Analysis Software"

What do you like best?

The best aspect about SPSS, compared to other statistical packages, is that it includes a user interface and interactive means of doing data entry. This means that individuals from beginner level to advanced can use point-and-click to run analyses and organize data without having to lean code. Because SPSS is such a widely used package, macros are often available to accomplish tasks and provide functionality that is not included in the program out of the box.

What do you dislike?

SPSS has some limitations with respect to more advanced statistical modeling. Alternatives like R, SAS, or MATLAB, are better for these kinds of analyses, but come with a substantially steeper learning curve. Editing output and creating graphs and charts is not intuitive in SPSS. I typically take my output to Excel to create figures and tables.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The program is very expensive. I am a user through my academic institution, but it is my understanding that student versions of the program are available for lower cost but with limited functionality. This might be a consideration if cost is a factor. The free alternative of SPSS would be R, but learning R means learning code. As for program functionality, I would highly recommend learning to use Macros, as they are excellent tools to fill in some of the statistical gaps left by the program. While the point and click aspect is very useful, writing syntax is not as daunting as it may seem to non-programmer types. Oftentimes, using syntax is a much faster way to run batches of analyses.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Analyzing applied data. SPSS provides an easy to use tool to answer scientific questions with statistical rigor.

SPSS Statistics review by Jason S.
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"SPSS its the job done"

What do you like best?

SPSS is great for beginners and more advanced users. It provides various ways to accomplish the same functions from syntax to dropdown menus. It's also an industry standard and quite compatible with other software programs.

What do you dislike?

The outputs aren't as accessible for copying and pasting into excel as say Stata. The graphs, while useful, are also not nice enough to be able to use in a presentation.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use SPSS to analyze the data we are constantly collecting from surveys. With the analyses I run, we are able to educate ourselves about issues beyond anecdotal observations.

SPSS Statistics review by Swati A.
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"Set and customisable statistics protocols"

What do you like best?

Routine analysis can be programmed and there are detailed test reports.

What do you dislike?

Although it is a very powerful software, certain analysis are not straightforward and need to be programmed. Without programming skills, one could end up wasting a lot of time or never figure out how to for example, conduct multilevel analysis.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Bear in mind that it is not as straightforward as Origin or GraphPad Prism. It is definitely closer to R in this regard. Not your simple graphing tool but a hardcore enough statistics software which you can automate some of your analysis with. Programming skills may be helpful.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were trying to understand heterogeneous neuronal single cell data from mice. The benefit was that it of course didn't require the level of programming R requires.

SPSS Statistics review by Katie B.
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"Great Software for Statistical Analysis"

What do you like best?

I like how versatile SPSS is. There are even add-ons, like PROCESS, that can help with more complex analyses, for many things that don't come in the basic package.

What do you dislike?

This software is very expensive, especially for a grad student like me. Also, SPSS is not quite as intuitive as some other spreadsheet software, like Excel and Numbers, for example.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would definitely recommend if you need to conduct more complex statistical analyses. It can't do everything, but it certainly can do most things!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SPSS can conduct complex data analyses that would be impossible with many other softwares.

SPSS Statistics review by Samantha T.
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"SPSS Okay, but Not Great"

What do you like best?

It is easy to use - very much point and click

What do you dislike?

There is a lot of room for error. Click the wrong statistical test or select the wrong model and you may be setting yourself up for very incorrect results.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is definitely easy to use, but you really need to know the background of the statistical analyses you would like to do an what is appropriate before starting in with SPSS.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used it in the past to analyze research data, but recently have not used it. It is primarily what is used by medical students