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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".
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.
As of August 2020, Kent State uses SPSS Statistics Standard versions 25, 26, and 27 for Windows and and Mac.
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 a "standalone" program: it can be used without having SPSS Statistics installed. It is, however, still useful to have access to SPSS Statistics, since Amos can read data in SPSS *.sav format, and you may need to pre-process your data to deal with missing values, recode items, etc.
As of August 2020, Kent State uses IBM SPSS Amos versions 25, 26, and 27 for Windows.
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 at no charge. 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 the Division of Information Technology.
Please contact your local support person to receive a copy of the software or to renew your existing license.
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.
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.
Most public computer labs on campus have SPSS installed. Information Technology has a list of public computer lab locations and hours at the Kent campus.
All books and ebooks on this list are available through KentLINK.