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Statistical Tools

There are a number of statistical tools available that can be used for data analysis. A descriptions of common software packages and a link with further information on each software package can be found below. Some packages require licenses which can be acquired via the Tech Support Desk.

IBM SPSS Statistics is a software package that offers a wide range of frequentist statistical analyses. SPSS can be operated using a graphic user interface or by programming analyses in the command syntax language. The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has access to unlimited SPSS licenses. Installation and licensing of SPSS depends on the system you are working on.

SPSS on your office desktop or laptop

  1. Search for and open the ‘Software centre’ Application
  2. Search for SPSS, select and install the software
  3. If you experience any issues contact the office IT by calling (+31) 030 253 4500

SPSS on a desktop or laptop in the lab

Contact the Tech Support Desk or send an email (labs.fsw@uu.nl) and we will assist you in installing SPSS on your system.

Just Another Statistics Programme (JASP) is a free opensource analysis package that supports both Frequentist and Bayesian versions of common statistical analyses.

JASP on your office desktop or Laptop

  1. Download JASP from the official website
  2. Install the software by following the instructions
  3. If you get an error during installation, you might not have the rights to install software on your laptop. To address this issue, contact the office IT by calling (+31) 030 253 4500

JASP on a desktop or laptop in the lab

  1. Download JASP from the official website
  2. Install the software by following the instructions
  3. If you get an error during installation, you might not have the rights to install software on your system. Contact the Tech Support Desk or send an email (labs.fsw@uu.nl) and we will assist you in installing JASP on your system
Stata is a general-purpose statistical software package created in 1985 by StataCorp. Stata’s capabilities include data management, statistical analysis, graphics, simulations, regression, and custom programming. It also has a system to disseminate user-written programs that lets it grow continuously. Stata is a complete, integrated statistical software package that provides everything you need for data analysis, data management, and graphics.

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To install State and request a license, contact the Tech Support Desk or send an email (labs.fsw@uu.nl).
MLwiN is a statistical software package for fitting multilevel models. It uses both maximum likelihood estimation and Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) methods. MLwiN is based on an earlier package, MLn, but with a graphical user interface (as well as other additional features).

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To install MLwiN and request a license contact the Tech Support Desk or send an email (labs.fsw@uu.nl).
Mplus is a statistical modeling program that provides researchers with a flexible tool to analyze their data. Mplus allows the analysis of both cross-sectional and longitudinal data, single-level and multilevel data, data that come from different populations with either observed or unobserved heterogeneity, and data that contain missing values. Analyses can be carried out for observed variables that are continuous, censored, binary, ordered categorical (ordinal), unordered categorical (nominal), counts, or combinations of these variable types. In addition, Mplus has extensive capabilities for Monte Carlo simulation studies, where data can be generated and analyzed according to any of the models included in the program.

Mplus demo software on your office desktop or laptop

  1. Search for and open the ‘Software centre’ Application
  2. Search for Mplus, there is a demo version available, select and install the software
  3. For a detailed description on the restrictions of the demo version of Mplus, please click here
  4. If you experience any issues contact the office IT by calling (+31) 030 253 4500

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To install Mplus and request a license contact the Tech Support Desk or send an email (labs.fsw@uu.nl).

HLM is a statistical software package designed to estimate hierarchical linear models. Hierarchical linear models, also called multilevel, random-effects, or mixed models, are appropriate for data with a nested structure. HLM is capable of estimating several types of parameters. Typical output includes estimates of fixed effects (regression coefficients) at the individual and grouping levels, as well as estimates of variance components describing the random coefficients. Additionally, HLM produces a residual file you can use for testing model assumptions and finding empirical Bayes estimates for the random level-1 coefficients. HLM can also estimate hierarchical generalized linear models for binary, ordered, categorical, and count-dependent variables.

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To install HLM and request a license contact the Tech Support Desk or send an email (labs.fsw@uu.nl).

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If you are unsure what software is most suitable for your purpose, you can ask us for advice at the Tech Support Desk or send an email (labs.fsw@uu.nl).