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  • 1.0 stars

    "Worse every year."

    November 27, 2012  |   By Crymrea

    Version: PASW Statistics 18.0

    Pros

    I have been using SPSS since the mid-1990's to do statistical analyses. It used to be the "go to" stats program in the social sciences.

    Cons

    It has been getting worse and worse since about version 10 and is now bad enough that the pain of learning another statistical program is preferable. I have had it corrupt databases and substantially drain system resources on a brand new PC. It is slow and crashes with a frequency that is astonishing.

    Also, you are required to re-purchase the software each and every year. If you don't, the software will lock you out. Simply amazing given the relatively high price.

    Finally, there are so many other programs these days which are every bit as good as SPSS (and some better and/or cheaper), I simply cannot imagine a reasons for using SPSS. If you are new to stats, I'd recommend learning another program and not wasting your time.

    Summary

    Terrible software. Look elsewhere.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Why bother?"

    March 7, 2012  |   By winjeelcom

    Version: PASW Statistics 18.0

    Pros

    Has all the right tools, but...

    Cons

    Worst and most confusing installation process (took me three attempts to install, and I am a very computer literate person). Worst customer support (once contacted, no help & no follow up).

    Summary

    I gave up trying to use this. I'm now looking for alternatives like PSPP! Five star product, but minus one star for the installation trauma, and minus three stars for customer support.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "PASW served me well, but doesn't seem to run on Lion."

    November 16, 2011  |   By macuser170

    Version: PASW Statistics 18.0

    Pros

    PASW 18.0 ran fine on my mac, and produced everything I wanted.
    It was fast enough -- loading was a little slow, but never slow enough to get coffee.
    Because of the excellent variable labelling and editable output, I could return to runs done months and even years before and access old analyses for reports and articles.
    Drag-and-drop worked great at times.

    Cons

    The early versions for mac were just junk.
    18.0 doesn't want to run on the new Lion operating system.
    Getting the authorization code was a hassle and required the intervention of a university official.
    When drag and drop didn't work, the result was blurry and illegible when printed out.
    Without an institutional subsidy, I wouldn't use the product -- it's too expensive for an individual.

    Summary

    IBM, you have a great product. The field of statistics doesn't change that quickly for most analysts. Take care of some of the complaints and you'll be able to sell the product for years with few modifications. Price it correctly and you'll make some real money from the wonderful engine at its heart.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "IBM acquires them and SPSS (PASW) goes down the toilet?"

    August 20, 2011  |   By dissomentor

    Version: PASW Statistics 18.0

    Pros

    I can't think of any pros since the pre-IBM days. In fact, the best version that I ever used was 14.0

    Cons

    Laggy, crashes, have to wait long periods of time for results to display, uncompatible changes in file format suffix, the list goes on

    Summary

    IBM, we were hoping that you would add to the success of SPSS, not detract from it. How about going back to the old SPSS coding and then make changes only after extensive product testing?

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Not recommended"

    August 2, 2011  |   By longtalker

    Version: PASW Statistics 18.0

    Pros

    Does lots of things. Is widely used

    Cons

    Much too convoluted, hard to interpret results of even simple analyses unless you are very experienced with the program. Rigid and non-intuitive interface.

    Summary

    Personally I switched to STATISTICA, which is probably equally respected and utilised in the field, and which is overall a much friendlier package, with better support.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "gets worse with every update"

    May 23, 2011  |   By erinschmerin

    Version: PASW Statistics 18.0

    Pros

    Many people are dependent on SPSS because they know how to use it and they don't want to have to learn new statistics software (this isn't really a "pro" but it is a reason people use this horrible software).

    Cons

    It is the clunkiest, slowest, buggiest software I ever have to use. Slow, also slows down the rest of my entire system, crashes over every little thing (like using menus). Also, it's very overpriced for how badly it performs.

    Summary

    I run it on a Mac, but from what I hear it also runs like crap on a PC. I start up PASW and then go get a coffee, because it takes that long for it to start up. Once it is running, everything else works like crap. If I'm having problems with spinning beach balls, I quit SPSS and things work like normal again. Within SPSS, I can't make graphs, and I can barely do the simplest things without it crashing. Older version of SPSS were faster, less crash-prone, and easier to use. What happened, and why do we have to pay for this trash? I've seen freeware that works better (if only someone would design easy-to-use statistics freeware that didn't have a steep learning curve!).

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Clunky, impossible interface. It gets worse every year"

    June 22, 2010  |   By FrankOdds

    Version: PASW Statistics 18.0

    Pros

    The statistical tests are plentiful and seem to be well programmed and validated.

    Cons

    Copy and paste operations between Excel files and data editor infuriating with all but tiny data sets. Can no longer copy output tables or successfully export to Excel. Can't change zoom size on screen. Help function is worthless.

    Summary

    SPSS has never been good to use on a Windows computer. Its early origins with punched card input still show through. Go to the 'help' index and you're confronted with a list of mainly command-line inputs: hopeless!
    The data view looks like a spreadsheet but doesn't behave like one. The interface problems seem to have become WORSE, if that's possible, now SPSS is taken over by PASW. I tried pasting a large dataset copied from an Excel spreadsheet and ended with the results spread all over the data sheet. I finally discovered that the package crashes like this if your first column contains text strings. DUH! That sort of thing should have been sorted out years ago.
    Now, with version 18, I can no longer even successfully copy an output table to an Excel spreadsheet. The 'export to Excel' function sets up a spreadsheet containing only the part of an output table that's displaying in the screen window. The 'export as txt' just crashes.
    And why can't I change the zoom size of data and output windows? The idiosyncratic behaviour of this program has always been irritating and has now got worse. PASW please note: Windows provides a whole load of built-in functions for your user interface. All you have to do is take the time to adapt your package to use Windows norms and thus save those of us forced to do our stats with it the hours we're currently losing struggling with this unmanageable behemoth.
    I wish my institution could afford something better. The licensing system is ludicrous and time-consuming, and the interface sucks beyond belief. We're always told this package is the only one that's affordable. The rule of 'you get what you pay for' seems to apply here in big measure. PASW has become rubbishware!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Great when it works"

    November 2, 2009  |   By Austinedu75

    Version: PASW Statistics 18.0

    Pros

    Easy to use because almost all functions are accessible via menus, which is not the case for SAS. Good books available/.

    Cons

    Horrible licensing feature. The software tries to check the legitimacy of each copy upon start. This feature fails about every 3 months which requires me to spend half a day with customer support.

    Summary

    The software is easy to use, but has two major shortcomings. First, I found the software routine that checks the licensing status of the copy routinely fails every 3 months. The software locks up and is not usable upon failure. I have to subsequently spend half a day on the phone with SPSS customer support to receive a new authorization code. Some of the support people are helpful, others are rude. The main problem is that you have to provide them with tons of authorization codes and numbers that originally came with the software for them to unlock the package again. This is cumbersome and downright impossible when you are on the road.
    Second, the software is horrible for analyzing hierarchical data. SAS is much more powerful when it comes to splitting up datasets and running statistics for subsets of the data. SPSS offers some functionality in this area, but those functions are a work around at best.
    If you are looking for a statistics package for business use go with SAS. I never have any issues with SAS locking me out, but SPSS locks me out about every 3 months. SAS takes a little more of an initial investment, because it is not as menu driven and you have to learn more commands, but in the long run it it is worth it, because the increased functionality in SAS will help you save time plus you will not have the customer support hassle. SPSS customer support is worse than Dell was 2 years ago or than Microsoft just to give you a comparison.
    Also SPSS keeps changing its pricing structure and the pricing policy became somewhat of a holdup recently.

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