SAS and SPSS are still our main stat packages but their recent price increases have gotten us to look at the free and open source R package. It uses the same language as S-PLUS, which is probably the #3 selling commercial stat package. I certainly don't expect everyone to switch to R, but several classes at UT have done so even though we centrally fund SPSS, JMP and S-PLUS (i.e. it's free to faculty, staff and students). As the popularity of R grows, I hope companies will think twice about sharp price increases.
Since its release in 1996, R has grown so fast that it now has over 800 add-on packages. There is very little that SAS and SPSS can do that R cannot, but R does a lot that the others don't.
You can download R for free at:
A graphical user interface for it similar to SPSS you can see and download at:
A data mining interface for it is free at:
Finally, you can read my detailed comparison of R to SAS and SPSS at:
The XLSolutions company has announced they're working on a version of "R+" which sounds like it will do for R what Red Hat did for Linux. I think they'll have the graphical interface already part of the main installation & charge for support rather than for software.
Bob Muenchen (pronounced Min'-chen), Manager
Statistical Consulting Center
U of TN Office of Information Technology
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From: Chip German [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2007 3:31 PM
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Subject: [CIO] Alternatives to SPSS
I apologize in advance if this issue has come before the CIO constituent group previously, but I'm curious at what alternatives to SPSS institutions have explored and may be using effectively. My institution has lost what little patience it had with the licensing terms and costs, and I've been asked to quickly identify viable alternatives.
Thanks very much for anything you can tell me.
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