A general-purpose statistical package widely used in academic research for editing, analysing and presenting numerical data. It is compatible with all file formats that are commonly used for structured data such as Excel, plain text files and relational (SQL) databases.


  1. Good range of statistics from descriptive methods (means, medians, frequencies etc.) through to common tests (t-tests, regression, ANOVA) and some more advanced statistical measures (e.g.  Factor analysis)
  2. Can produce some nice looking graphs.
  3. It‘s very user-friendly, and non-intimidating to people who are familiar with Excel.


Can be a bit rigid with regards to advanced options for tests sometimes; lacking some of the more complex statistical procedures and data handling capabilities of the more advanced programmes.

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