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Statistical & Qualitative Data Analysis Software: SPSS and Amos

About IBM SPSS Statistics and IBM SPSS Amos software; links to SPSS tutorials and resources.

About IBM SPSS Statistics

What is SPSS Statistics?

SPSS Statistics is a software program for statistical data analysis. Commands can be executed using the menu system or using command syntax. It is available for both Windows and Macintosh operating systems.

Note: SPSS originally stood for "Software Package for Social Sciences". SPSS has also gone by the name PASW Statistics, which stood for "Predictive Analytics Software".

Why use SPSS?

  • Intuitive drop-down menu system is easy to learn for beginners.
  • Syntax adds flexibility, customization, and automation options.
  • Supported on Windows, Macintosh, and Linux operating systems.
  • Widely used in the social sciences.

What file types are specifically associated with SPSS?

  • *.sav - An SPSS data file. Contains the raw data and any associated labels and type definitions.
  • *.sps - An SPSS syntax file. Allows you to execute a specific set of commands on a chosen data file.
  • *.spv - A 'viewer' file that was created in SPSS version 16 or later. Displays all of the logs and the output created during an SPSS session.
  • *.spo - A 'viewer' file that was created in SPSS version 15 or earlier. Displays all of the logs and the output created during an SPSS session.
  • *.jnl - A 'journal' file. Records all syntax executed during an SPSS session.

Note: Viewer files with *.spo extensions were created in SPSS Statistics version 15 or earlier. These files can not be opened in SPSS Statistics versions 16 and later.

What version of SPSS Statistics does Kent State currently use?

As of January 2017, Kent State uses SPSS Statistics Standard versions 23 and 24 for Windows and and Mac.

About IBM SPSS Amos

What is SPSS Amos?

IBM SPSS Amos is a software program used to fit structural equation models (SEM). Unlike SPSS Statistics, SPSS Amos is only available for the Windows operating system.

Amos is technically "standalone" - it can be used without having SPSS Statistics installed.

What file types are specifically associated with SPSS Amos?

  • *.amw - An Amos model file, which contains the model diagram.

What version of SPSS Amos does Kent State currently use?

As of January 2017, Kent State uses IBM SPSS Amos versions 23 and 24 for Windows.

How can I access SPSS Statistics and SPSS Amos?

Kent State University maintains a university-wide, limited seat license for SPSS Statistics Standard and SPSS Amos. These programs can be installed on any university-owned computer. SPSS licenses must be renewed yearly, typically in August. Note that SPSS Statistics is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems, but SPSS Amos is only compatible with Windows.

Currently, Kent State's licensing agreement only permits SPSS to be used for teaching and research purposes. If you need to use SPSS for any reason outside of teaching or research, please contact Information Services.

University-Owned Computers

Please contact your local support person to receive a copy of the software or to renew your existing license.

Personally-Owned Computers

Faculty/Staff

Faculty who wish to install SPSS Statistics or SPSS Amos on their personally owned computers may purchase an educational license through kent.onthehub.com. Note that faculty and staff wishing to purchase Amos this way are only able to purchase it in a bundle with SPSS Statistics.

Currently enrolled students

Students can purchase the SPSS Statistics or SPSS Amos GradPacks at kent.onthehub.com.

To determine which edition of the GradPack to purchase, please consult with your instructor. 

Public Computers on Campus

Most public computer labs on campus have SPSS installed. Information Services has a list of public computer lab locations and hours at the Kent campus.

Learn SPSS

Recommended Tutorials

Recommended Books

All books and ebooks on this list are available through KentLINK.