SPSS - great statistics software at a cost
Updated October 27, 2021

SPSS - great statistics software at a cost

Kenton Woods | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Modules Used

  • IBM SPSS Statistics

Overall Satisfaction with IBM SPSS

[IBM SPSS] is used by researchers in our departments to prepare statistical analyses for publication. We take theoretical ideas and principles, collect the data beforehand that applies and uses said ideas, then use [IBM] SPSS to answer the questions using statistics as the foundation for publishable articles. In other words, it allows us to answer difficult questions in a comprehensive manner.
  • Data manipulation
  • Syntax management
  • Graphs and figures
  • Price
  • Accessibility
  • Compatibility
IBM SPSS does in fact save time in comparison to other statistics softwares. This is because they offer "point and click" and advanced syntax that more easily allows for replication of findings. In essence, [IBM] SPSS allows us to save time in the long run because it allows us to easily copy previous syntax and make adjustments/reuse it in the future.
IBM SPSS has provided opportunities for us researchers to identify key issues amongst our sample and prepare future data collections around said issues. For instance, if a certain group of students are struggling to perform highly, [IBM] SPSS allows us to better identify which students are having trouble and base future studies around said problems.
[IBM] SPSS is by far the best of the statistics software applications in terms of functionality and accessibility, but its biggest drawback is price. SPSS is prohibitively expensive in comparison to the other competing statistics applications such as R and SAS, making the purchase of a license for an individual very expensive if not covered by employer.
IBM's SPSS is suited for situations where you have to answer questions using either simple or advanced statistics. For instance, if I want to predict future academic achievement from a student's demographic characteristics lBM SPSS is perfect. A scenario in which it would be less well suited is when I have to run structural equation modeling, which is not a key feature of [IBM] SPSS.