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Statistical & Qualitative Data Analysis Software: About JMP

About JMP statistical software; links to JMP resources.

About JMP

What is JMP?

JMP is a software program used for statistical analysis. It is created by SAS Institute Inc. Unlike SAS (which is command-driven), JMP has a graphical user interface, and is compatible with both Windows and Macintosh operating systems.

Why use JMP?

  • Streamlined menu interface arranged by "context" (e.g. univariate analysis, bivariate analysis) instead of statistical tests.
  • Dynamic output: after running a procedure, can add or remove additional statistics and graphs in the results window without having to re-run the procedure.
  • Support for design of experiments and design generation.
  • New in JMP Pro 13: Analyze unstructured text (e.g. open-ended survey questions) with text mining techniques like cluster analysis and topic modeling.
  • Extensive array of algorithms, especially for factor analysis (factor extraction and axes rotation).
  • Interactively build and refine graphs and tables with the Graph Builder and Tabulate tools, respectively.
  • Ability to interface with SAS: Import/export SAS data, write and execute SAS code, etc.

What file types are specifically associated with JMP?

  • *.jmp - A JMP data table.
  • *.jsl - A JMP script file.
  • *.jrn - A JMP report file.

What version of JMP does Kent State currently use?

As of June 2023, Kent State distributes JMP and JMP Pro versions 16 and 17 for both Windows and Macintosh.

Is there a way to try JMP for free?

Kent State faculty and students have access to the full version of JMP and/or JMP Pro at no charge. Go to to download.

Do I need JMP Pro?

The following techniques are available only in JMP Pro (source). If you need any of the below techniques, you will need to use JMP Pro.

  • Mixed models
  • Generalized linear models
  • Classification and regression trees
  • Neural network modeling
  • Cross-validation
  • Text analysis

How can I access JMP?

Kent State University maintains a university-wide site license for JMP and JMP Pro. All currently-employed faculty and staff, as well as currently-enrolled students are eligible to request a copy of the software at no charge. JMP is compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems.

The Division of Information Technology currently distributes software and licenses for JMP and JMP Pro versions 16 and 17. JMP licenses must be renewed yearly.

University-Owned Computers

Faculty and staff can download JMP and/or JMP Pro to their university-owned computers, or renew their license for those programs, from

Personally-Owned Computers

Faculty/Staff/Currently enrolled students

Students, Faculty, and Staff can download JMP and/or JMP Pro, or renew their license for those programs, from

Learn JMP

The SAS Institute provides useful tutorials for learning JMP software. You can access these tutorials by visiting the following links: