This page lists primarily statistical software, along with mapping, spreadsheets, database, stuff to do data analysis or management. All of the packages are free to use, that
is: there is no charge for individuals to use them. Many of the
websites say that individuals are free to download and use the
packages. In some cases, there may be charges to institutions. Some
of the packages are also open, that is, they are free to use and
the source code is freely available so anyone can make modifications
to the programs if they wish to. At the bottom of this page, I
list a few sites that have information about what "free" means.
StatisticsThere are many free statistical programs. See this article http://en.citizendium.org/wiki/Free_statistical_software/Citable_Version at Citizendium about free statistical software. Several of these stat programs were reviewed in an article in Opus 12, a journal covering Opus 12 Foundation research. Stawicki SPA. Guide to free statistical software: General applications. OPUS 12 Scientist 2010;4(1):12-13. http://journal.opus12.org/o12-ojs/ojs-2.1.1/index.php/o12sci/issue/view/86 Reviewed OpenStat, Sofa, PSPP, MicrOsiris and a few others. Just describes the programs. Another review looked at R and mentioned a few others (OpenStat and MicroOsiris). "Free Statistics Software, Yours, Free to keep...." Felix Grant, Scientific Computing World, Sept/Oct 2004, http://www.scientific-computing.com/scwsepoct04free_statistics.html Ratings of free statistical software https://www.predictiveanalyticstoday.com/top-free-statistical-software/ Top rated are SAS, PSPP, Develve, and a couple of others that aren't really general statistical software. There isn't a date for this review. This isn't a review of the packages, but a look at which ones are popular, not limited to free ones http://r4stats.com/articles/popularity/ The Popularity of Data Analysis Software, by Robert A. Muenchen Also look at this, the most popular response, http://www.researchgate.net/post/What_is_the_most_commonly_used_statistical_analysis_software_in_the_world by Robert Thomas Brennan · Harvard University, explaining some of the difficulties in answering which is the most popular. For example, excel has a lot of statistical functions, but isn't thought of as statistical software so may not be counted Other lists of free stat software Free statistical software http://statpages.info/javasta2.html The First and MAIN list of software. I got links to several of the stat packages listed here from this site, which lists more info about each package. This statpages site was started and maintained for many years by John Pezzullo. Sadly, Mr. Pezzullo passed away in June 2016. I believe the site is now maintained by a couple of people, including Søren Merser. Statpages is a great site to bookmark. StatSci list of free software http://www.statsci.org/free.html also lists some of the above. Evaluation Portal http://www.evaluation.lars-balzer.name/links/tools-free-no-cost/statistical-software/ lists software and features of them. Betty Jung's page http://www.bettycjung.net/Statpgms.htm Predictive Analytics, top 50 free stat software http://www.predictiveanalyticstoday.com/top-free-statistical-software/ only some of them are statistical software. Include pspp, sas university edition, R, a few others. Free Statistical Software Epi Info Epi Info is available from http://wwwn.cdc.gov/epiinfo/ It is very large in size and will take considerable time to download. This is a program for entering and analyzing data, developed for epidemiologists, but can be used for basic statistical analysis by anyone. CDC's youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9B9157E47AB3FDFA WHO has this training http://www.who.int/chp/steps/resources/EpiInfoTraining/en/ CDC tutorials http://www.cdc.gov/epiinfo/support/tutorials.html CDC/Census Bureau softwareCSPro (Census and Survey Processing System) https://www.census.gov/data/software/cspro.html a public-domain software package for entering, tabulating and mapping census and survey data.
R is a very widely used program, with tons of documentation R: The Comprehensive R Archive Network http://cran.r-project.org/ "R, also known as "GNU S", is a language and environment for statistical computing and graphics." It is, I understand, like S+, a statistical language. R is better for graphics than SAS. However, R is complex, and takes a lot of study, so only use this if you have complex statistical or graphical needs. If this site doesn't work, try http://cran.us.r-project.org/ in the US, or http://www.stats.bris.ac.uk/R/ in the UK. There are many graphical interfaces. Several are reviewed here http://decisionstats.com/2010/10/05/interfaces-to-r/ and this June 2012 issue of Journal of Statistical Software also reviews several of the GUIs http://www.jstatsoft.org/v49 Here is a poll on which GUIs are most used http://www.kdnuggets.com/polls/2011/r-gui-used.html (R Studio was the top, out of 562 votes). Here is a 2015 list of the "Best free GUIs for R" http://www.linuxlinks.com/article/20110306113701179/GUIsforR.html Just a few words about each one. R Commander is described here
http://socserv.socsci.mcmaster.ca/jfox/Misc/Rcmdr/
and available here http://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/Rcmdr/index.html
This covers some basic stats.
Another interface is http://rkward.sourceforge.net/ From the website "RKWard is meant to become an easy to use, transparent front end to the R-language, a very powerful, yet hard-to-get-into scripting-language with a strong focus on statistic functions. " Deducer http://www.deducer.org/ have to click on the manual or download. Deducer is reviewed here http://www.jstatsoft.org/v49/i08 Ian Fellows, Journal of Statistical Software, Vol. 49, Issue 8, Jun 2012. R studio http://www.rstudio.com/ide/ another interface. Zelig https://zeligproject.org "Zelig is a single, easy-to-use program that can estimate, help interpret, and present the results of a large range of statistical methods." You have to install it through R, and use it in R. R help mailing list https://stat.ethz.ch/mailman/listinfo/r-help announcements, questions and answers, etc. Tutorials, faqs, guides..... Many of these were posted on the American Evaluation Association email list. R Introduction and other manuals http://cran.r-project.org/index.html At the R home page, click on Manuals. The R site lists other guides http://cran.r-project.org/other-docs.html including Simple R, and many others. UCLA Academic Technology page for R https://stats.idre.ucla.edu/r/ has tutorials, links Beginner's guide to R http://www.computerworld.com/article/2497143/business-intelligence/business-intelligence-beginner-s-guide-to-r-introduction.html Using R for psychological research http://personality-project.org/r/ Paul Murrell's page http://www.stat.auckland.ac.nz/~paul/ has slides and some instructions for R. Rtips http://pj.freefaculty.org/R/Rtips.html various tips. Notes on the use of R for psychology experiments and questionnaires http://www.psych.upenn.edu/~baron/rpsych/rpsych.html J Baron and Y Li, 2011. Quick R http://www.statmethods.net/ shows code for how to do lots of things, from basic data entry to statistics. R videos http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2012/12/coursera-videos.html from Coursera's class. Swirl http://swirlstats.com/ "learn R in R" Try R http://tryr.codeschool.com/ an on line brief class. Additional info here http://www.codeschool.com/courses/try-r CodeSchool https://www.codeschool.com/free has a class on R programming Douglas Wiig has some tutorials on R and some GUIs for R; https://dmwiig.net/ http://journal.r-project.org/ Journal about R R is also used for data mining http://r-forge.r-project.org/projects/rdatamining/ is a comprehensive data mining package for R Explained a little here https://sites.google.com/site/rdatamining/package http://journal.r-project.org/archive/2009-2/ Rattle: A Data Mining GUI for R, by Graham Williams. The R site for Rattle is here http://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/rattle/index.html http://cran.r-project.org/other-docs.html R and Data Mining: Examples and Case Studies” by Yanchang Zhao Other - General statistical packagesAM statistical software http://am.air.org/ AM is a statistical software package for analyzing data from complex samples, especially large-scale assessments. No dates on website so can't tell when this is from. Arc regression software http://www.stat.umn.edu/arc/software.html From R. Dennis Cook and Sanford Weisberg. "Arc is a free, unique, menu-driven statistical analysis tool for regression problems." The current version is from 2010. Develve http://develve.net/ from Frank Pauw. Develve has a free version. "Statistical package for fast and easy interpretation of experimental data in science and R&D in a technical environment." Develve was used here
Adam Bownik, Zofia Stępniewska. Protective effects of bacterial osmoprotectant ectoine on bovine erythrocytes subjected to staphylococcal alpha-haemolysin. Toxicon. Volume 99, 1 June 2015, Pages 130–135 https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Zofia_Stepniewska/publication/274513872_Protective_effects_of_bacterial_osmoprotectant_ectoine_on_bovine_erythrocytes_subjected_to_staphylococcal_alpha-haemolysin/links/554759bb0cf23ff7168720dc.pdf Easyreg http://www.personal.psu.edu/hxb11/EASYREG.HTM from Herman J. Bierens. This is actually an econometrics program, but it apparently does basic statistics as well, and some very advanced statistics related to econometrics, including time series analysis. Emacs Speaks Statistics (ESS) http://ess.r-project.org/ "is an add-on package for emacs text editors such as GNU Emacs and XEmacs. It is designed to support editing of scripts and interaction with various statistical analysis programs such as R, S-Plus, SAS, Stata and JAGS" Epidata http://www.epidata.dk/ "a data-entry and data-checking program for Microsoft Windows." Epidata is data entry and data checking. According to the website, "EpiData Analysis performs basic statistical analysis, graphs, and comprehensive data management. E.g. descriptive statistics, SPC Charts, Recoding data, label values and variables. Defining missing values." A related site is Pepi for windows at http://www.brixtonhealth.com/ - some statistical tests and descriptives. This site also includes a few other programs such as EpiGram, simple diagramming software, and SampleXS, which is a sample size calculator, which allows for design effects. The help box has very good documentation about sampling and what the program does. For social surveyors, you need to change the confidence interval to 5 rather than .5. However, the site doesn't have any information about the people who developed this. jamovi https://www.jamovi.org "a free and open statistical platform which is intuitive to use, and can provide the latest developments in statistical methodology." JASP https://jasp-stats.org/ An alternative to SPSS and R. A fairly new package so still being developed. A lot of it seems Bayesian, but also the usual statistical tests. Mentioned here: What Are the Odds? A Practical Guide to Computing and Reporting Bayes Factors http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/jps/vol7/iss1/2/ The JASP team wrote about it here http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/publications/observer/2015/march-15/bayes-or-bust-with-new-softwares.html Also reviewed here https://computingforpsychologists.wordpress.com/tag/pspp/ One of the authors also presented the software here https://ppw.kuleuven.be/home/english/research/mesrg/seminars-and-events/registration-seminar-advanced-data-analysis-2016 Used in this study: Tali Leibovich, Noga Cohen, Avishai Henik. Itsy bitsy spider?: Valence and self-relevance predict size estimation. Biological Psychology. Available online 21 January 2016. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301051116300084 MicrOsiris http://www.microsiris.com/ from Neal and Susan Van Eck. This program "is derived from OSIRIS IV, a statistical and data management package developed and used at the University of Michigan and includes special techniques for data mining and analysis of nominal- and ordinal-scaled data. Its free but can contribute $25 to get rid of start up reminder screen. OpenStat and LazStat http://www.openstat.info/ by Bill Miller. Both programs are similar. Mr. Miller writes "Many of the features of LazStats are shared with the OpenStat package. The advantage of LazStats is that it is available not only for the Windows operating systems but is available for the Linux systems and Mac OSX system." PSPP http://www.gnu.org/software/pspp/ "is a program for statistical analysis of sampled data. It is a Free replacement for the proprietary program SPSS, and appears very similar to it with a few exceptions." This page http://www.gnu.org/software/pspp/get.html lists where you can get it, in all the different versions (windows, unix, mac, etc) For the windows version, get it here http://sourceforge.net/projects/pspp4windows/ and then I think you just click on the download box. A discussion list is here https://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/pspp-users A list of bugs is here https://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/?group=pspp A video on PSPP http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d44AdFZIfZc by a student. 5 minutes, an overview of a few things. SalStat http://www.salstat.com/ general stat program, but you need to install python first. From Alan James Salmoni SAS university edition https://www.sas.com/en_us/software/university-edition.html free to use. The few times I've used it, seems like the regular edition, although somewhat complex to set up. SOFA - Statistics Open For All http://www.sofastatistics.com/home.php Currently being developed. From Dr Grant Paton-Simpson. Has some basic procedures, mean, median, sd, independent and paired t-tests, Mann-Whitney U, Wilcoxon Signed Ranks, Pearson's Chi Square, one-way ANOVAs, Kruskal Wallis H, and Spearman's and Pearson's correlations. As of 2/26/16, it does NOT have regression. Also, as of 2/26/16, the site talks about being installed on Windows 7, kinda old. No mention of 8 or 10. Can link directly to data from MySQL, SQLite, MS Access, and MS SQL Server, and can import data in csv or Excel format. Further information is here http://sourceforge.net/projects/sofastatistics/ Statistical lab http://www.statistiklabor.de/en/ for teaching stat and for doing some analysis. On line statistical analysis Statistics Online Computational Resource http://www.socr.ucla.edu/ "The goals of the Statistics Online Computational Resource (SOCR) are to design, validate and freely disseminate knowledge." Classification and data mining Guide http://www.stat.wisc.edu/~loh/guide.html Classification and regression tree software. From Wei-Yin Loh. Weka http://www.cs.waikato.ac.nz/~ml/ machine language used for data mining. Here are some tutorials http://facweb.cs.depaul.edu/mobasher/classes/ect584/WEKA/index.html http://research.cs.queensu.ca/home/cisc333/tutorial/Weka.html Qualitative data
analysis (qda)What is qda, how to do it, what software... look at these pages.On line qda http://onlineqda.hud.ac.uk/index.php some how to, links to software, reviews of software Qual page https://qualpage.com lists some software, some links to sites about qual research methods. TextStat http://neon.niederlandistik.fu-berlin.de/en/textstat/
free simple text analysis software. Word counts,
and also shows where the words appear. Saturate http://www.saturateapp.com/ The website says "Simple collaborative qualitative analysis. Saturate is the easiest way for teams to code and memo their data" Weft QDA http://www.pressure.to/qda/ Weft QDA is an easy-to-use tool to assist in the analysis of textual data such as interview transcripts, written texts and fieldnotes. Last released in 2006, not being maintained or updated. RQDA http://rqda.r-forge.r-project.org/ "RDQA is a R package for Qualitative Data Analysis, a free (free as freedom) qualitative analysis software application" QDA Miner Lite http://provalisresearch.com/products/qualitative-data-analysis-software/freeware/ "It can be used for the analysis of textual data such as interview and news transcripts, open-ended responses, etc. as well as for the analysis of still images." It's missing a lot of the features of the full version, but I haven't used either so I don't know how significant the differences are. Aquad http://www.aquad.de/en/ AQUAD 7 is open-source freeware (according to the conditions of GNU GPL v.3). The recent version 7.3 allows to analyze all kinds of qualitative data: Data visualizationMondrian http://www.theusrus.de/Homepage_of_Martin_Theus.html "General purpose statistical visualization system." Gephi https://gephi.github.io/ "Interactive visualization and exploration platform for all kinds of networks and complex systems, dynamic and hierarchical graphs." Wordle http://www.wordle.net/ is a tool for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. Not exactly analysis, but looks kind of interesting. Tableau https://public.tableau.com/s/ I think this is free data visualization software. May be used for mapping too. Stat with excel Use the Analysis ToolPak to perform complex data analysis Applies To: Excel 2016 Excel 2013 Excel 2010 Excel 2007 Excel 2016 for Mac tutorial from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeKyTGZlLhI from Alan Swank at Spring Arbor University. 2007 Excel add ons Check which version of excel the add on works with. Statpages http://statpages.info/javasta2.html#Excel lists a bunch of excel add ons for statistics Robert Nau and John Butler have this page for excel add ons for regression and multivariate data analysis http://regressit.com/ ez analyze http://www.ezanalyze.com/ "adding "point and click" functionality for analyzing data, creating graphs, and creating new variables" Daniel's XL toolbox http://xltoolbox.sourceforge.net/ for analyzing and presenting data Statistical software email lists http://www.talkstats.com Mapping/GIS packages available as free software lists of software The Open Source Geospatial Foundation http://www.osgeo.org/ "OSGeo was created to support the collaborative development of open source geospatial software, and promote its widespread use" They have a section with desktop applications, which point to Grass, Marble and QGIS. GIS Lounge https://www.gislounge.com/open-source-gis-applications/ lists freeware and open source gis programs. 13 Free GIS Software Options: Map the World in Open Source http://gisgeography.com/free-gis-software/ from Jul 23, 2017. Lists several of the programs below. Software Christine gis system http://www.christine-gis.com/en/index.htm The web site says "Christine is a useful, easy-to-use tool that brings geographic information to your deskop." I don't know anything about it. The VIEWER is free but the full program is shareware. The program is listed in the Gislounge and other places: gislounge http://gislounge.com/free-data-viewers/
viewer listed here http://gce-lter.marsci.uga.edu/public/gis/Links.html
NYS GIS clearinghouse http://gis.ny.gov/gisdata/tools.htm Diva-Gis http://www.diva-gis.org/ a mapping program. The web site says this "is a free mapping program, sometimes called geographic information system (GIS), that can be used for many different purposes." Listed here http://gcmd.nasa.gov/records/DIVA_GIS.html http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/gis/support/scripts.htm epi info also can do maps.http://www.cdc.gov/epiinfo/ GRASS
GIS (Geographic Resources Analysis Support System) http://grass.osgeo.org/index.php
"is a free and open source Geographic Information System
(GIS) software suite used for geospatial data management and
analysis, image processing, graphics and maps production, spatial
modeling, and visualization." Grass is listed herehere http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/articles/mitasova-grass-092663.html here http://www.gis.fhwa.dot.gov/gisSoftware.asp here http://gcmd.nasa.gov/records/GRASS.html
gvSIG http://www.gvsig.com/en/home "is a tool oriented to manage geographic information." (May take a long time to load) This program, well, an earlier version, is listed here http://gcmd.nasa.gov/records/gvSIG.html MapWindows http://www.mapwindow.org/ has a GIS program along with a lot of other stuff. "The MapWindow Interface is simple and easy to use as demostrated in this Picture! The MapWindow application is a free, extensible, geographic information system (GIS) that can be used: As an alternative desktop GIS, To distribute data to others, To develop and distribute custom spatial data analyses" Map Maker Gratis is free http://www.mapmaker.com/ The full professional version is available for free to not-for-profit organizations, educational establishments, and students in Africa. OpenJump http://www.openjump.org/index.html The current version can read and write shapefiles simple GML files as well as several other vector formats via plugins. ... its particular strength is the editing of geometry and attribute data. QGIS http://qgis.org/ "is a user friendly Open Source Geographic Information System (GIS) that runs on Linux, Unix, Mac OSX, and Windows. QGIS supports vector, raster, and database formats." Qgis is listed here http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/mapsdata/geodatacatalog/default.htm Other software, speadsheets, databases, graphics, Spreadsheets Gnumeric http://www.gnumeric.org/ but only for linux, bsd. Not for windows. Some office suites also have spreadsheets Open Office http://www.openoffice.org/ LibreOffice http://www.libreoffice.org/ Libre Office reviewed here, from September 2017
Calligra http://www.calligra.org/
which is listed here https://www.linux.com/learn/tutorials/575114:calligra-suite-the-promising-not-an-office-suite http://www.pcworld.com/article/253738/try_calligra_2_4_for_a_new_microsoft_office_alternative.html SSuite http://www.ssuitesoft.com/ listed here http://download.cnet.com/SSuite-Office-Excalibur-Release/3000-18483_4-10966271.html rated highly Softmaker Free Office http://www.freeoffice.com/ reviewed here http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-33153_7-57558720-10391733/get-a-free-office-suite-help-charity/ WPS office http://www.wps.com/ (had been Kingsoft Office). rated highly here http://download.cnet.com/WPS-Office-2014-Beta-3/3000-18483_4-75563178.html But just so you know, Kingsoft is a Chinese company http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingsoft Databases PostgreSQL http://www.postgresql.org/ highly-scalable, SQL compliant, open source object-relational database management system. Firebird http://www.firebirdsql.org/ Another relational database. Microsoft has an sql server http://www.microsoft.com/web/platform/database.aspx SQL Server Express. Also here http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/products/sql-server-editions/sql-server-express.aspx Graphics Gnuplot http://www.gnuplot.info/ Need programming ability to use this but supposed to produce professional quality graphs. Still under development, see here http://gnuplot.sourceforge.net/ Recent version released January 2015. The gnuplot info site links to tutorials. Another is: CTG - Gnuplot Tutorial http://www.challenge.nm.org/ctg/graphics/tutorial.shtml brief, one page. Ploticus http://ploticus.sourceforge.net/doc/welcome.html "A free, GPL, non-interactive software package for producing plots, charts, and graphics from data." EVE Embedded Vector Editor http://www.goosee.com/ graphics program. Recommended by a colleague. I havent' tried it, but supposed to be very powerful and useful. Dia https://wiki.gnome.org/action/show/Apps/Dia "Dia is a GTK+ based diagram creation program for Linux, Unix and Windows ... Dia is roughly inspired by the commercial Windows program 'Visio', though more geared towards informal diagrams for casual use." Other stuff, doing surveys on the web, misc,
Collecting and managing dataRedcap http://project-redcap.org/ Research Electronic Data Capture. It's a consortium which supports a secure web application (REDCap) designed exclusively to support data capture for research studies. Project management http://www.logframer.eu/ "Logframer 1.3 is a free project management application for projects based on the logical framework method." What is free software? Sites that explain what free means and/or lists free software. GNU http://www.gnu.org/ especially see this page https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html Open Source Alternative to Commercial software http://www.osalt.com/ International Free and Open Source Software Foundation http://www.ifossf.org/ actually, I'm not sure what this is, whether it has software or not. But it seems like an interesting organization. Standard Data SetsStatistical Reference Datasets http://www.itl.nist.gov/div898/strd/ "The purpose of this project is to improve the accuracy of statistical software by providing reference datasets with certified computational results that enable the objective evaluation of statistical software." Other software that is free to usehttps://sites.google.com/site/nselecon/freesoftware lists misc software that is free to use Link checked with this firefox extension http://evaluator.oclc.org/
Instat was listed here http://www.reading.ac.uk/ssc/resource-packs/sadc-training-pack/Resources/Instat/Instat.htm general statistical package. Does not appear to be available any more. WinIDAMS had been here http://portal.unesco.org/ci/en/ev.php-URL_ID=2070&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html WinIDAMS is a software package internationally developed by UNESCO for the validation, manipulation and statistical analysis of numerical data of any kind. Does not seem available any more. |