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Will I need any special statistical software?

Different courses will require students to have access to different statistical software packages for the entire length of the course. Check the course syllabus as soon as you can to see which application is required. Various licenses can be obtained directly from the company web sites. Also, certain software can be obtained through the Software at Penn State at the educational discounted prices. (Please note: due to Federal export laws, statistical software packages can not be shipped by Software at Penn State to students living outside of the United States at this time.)

The information below is the latest that we have regarding these applications. Be certain to always check with the company's web site as there are often changes or updates to these products.

STUDENTS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO ORDER AND INSTALL REQUIRED STATISTICAL SOFTWARE PRIOR TO THE BEGINNING OF CLASSES.

Minitab

Information about Minitab software

Company Web Site:

Current Version:
Minitab Expresss 1.5

(for Intro STAT courses -  STAT 200)
Minitab 17

(for STAT 500 and higher)
Technical Requirements:

Please note: This product runs on both Mac and PC.

Minimum requirements from the Minitab website:

  • 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 SP1 or 8, Mac OS X 10.8; 10.9
  • 512 MB RAM (minimum); 1+ GB (recommended)
  • 200 MB (Mac) 2 GB (PC)-(minimum) free space available
  • An internet connection is required for activation of single-user licenses and to access online help

Please note: This is a PC only product.

Minimum requirements from the Minitab website:

  • 32-bit and 64-bit versions of XP, Vista, or Windows 7 or 8
  • 512 MB RAM(minimum); 1+ GB (recommended)
  • 160 MB (minimum) free space available
  • Screen Resolution - 1024 x 768 or higher
  • An internet connection is required for activation of single-user licenses and to access online help
Available:

These Minitab products are available to faculty members at PSU and students seeking degrees.

Minitab Express and Minitab 17 are available online through the web site OnTheHub :

6 Month Rental - $29.99
12 Month Rental - $49.99

Minitab 17 is available online through Software at Penn State. This Minitab 17 - PSU Student License is $40 (Note: this version has full statistical functionality - license runs from July 1 - June 30)

Minitab Express (STAT 200 only) is available online through Software at Penn State. This Minitab Express - PSU Student License is $25 and the license runs annually until renewal in June.


PLEASE NOTE: The Minitab v. 14 Student Version does not have full statistical functionality and is not recommended for STAT courses.
Quick Tutorial Introduction to Minitab 17
WebApps - Accessing Statistical Software Remotely (NOTE: Review this page. WebApps function differently than a locally installed application! Check with your instructor to see if this is permissible for your course.)

 

SAS

Information about SAS software
Company Web Site:
Current Version:

SAS 9.4

(Versions SAS 9.2 and SAS 9.3 are suitable for course work.)

Any Special Technical Requirements:

Be sure to check the SAS web site for most recent updates or changes to this information!

Please note: This is a PC only product.

Minimum:

  •  Windows 7 Professional, Windows 8
    • Please Note: SAS is not supported for the Home versions of Windows. You are urged to upgrade your Windows OS to the Professional edition using the Windows Anytime Upgrade which can be purchased through the software vendor of your choice.  Also, SAS is in the process of testing Windows 10 with SAS 9.4. Support of Windows 10 is planned for SAS 9.4 and later, possibly as early as Q4 2015.
  • A minimum of 2 cores
  • 2 GB RAM (available to SAS)
  • 1.2 GB hard disk space for Base SAS Software installation

Always check the most recent information about the supported operating environments for SAS, See:

http://support.sas.com/resources/sysreq/hosts/pc/

(11/12/15)

Available online through
Software at Penn State :

SAS 9.4 Windows Student License & Media

From the Software at Penn State site: "For Students only. One license per machine. Expires annually in June, but will run for another 90-day grace period after June 30th." $60

Please Note: Will not run on a Windows Basic edition, you must have a Pro, Ultimate or Enterprise edition to use this software.

From Software at Penn State: SAS Digital Installation Instructions. Please Note: "Customers buying the downloadable version please be aware that this is a extremely large file (27 GB), if you have a slow internet connection you will want to buy the USB flash drive. We only recommend purchasing the digital download if you do not live in the continental US and are unable to purchase the USB flash drive. There are NO REFUNDS on this product."

For more information on SAS visit http://www.sas.com

Quick Tutorials

Introduction to SAS

WebApps - Accessing Statistical Software Remotely (NOTE: Review this page. WebApps function differently than a locally installed application! Check with your instructor to see if this is permissible for your course.)

Note: Students using a psu.edu email address AND who have purchased a current license for SAS from Software@pennstate are entitled to access free SAS eLearning modules: (More Information).

 

R

Information about R software
Organization Web Site:
Any Special Technical Requirements:

This is an open source product available for a variety of computing platforms.

R for Mac OS X FAQ

R for Windows FAQ

Available online:

Download at: http://www.r-project.org/

Quick Tutorial Introduction to R

 

SPSS

 

Information about SPSS software
Company Web Site:
Current Version:
IBM SPSS Statistics 22
Any Special Technical Requirements:

Operating system: Microsoft Windows XP (Professional, 32-bit) or Vista® (Home, Business, 32- or 64-bit), Windows 7 (32- or 64-bit)*

Hardware:

  • Intel® or AMD x86 processor running at 1GHz or higher
  • Memory: 1GB RAM or more recommended
  • Minimum free drive space: 900MB
  • DVD drive (if using physical installation media)
  • XGA (1024x768) or higher-resolution monitor

Operating system: Apple® Mac 10.6x (Snow Leopard™) or 10.7 (Lion) or 10.9 (Mavericks)

Hardware:

  • Intel processor (32- and 64-bit)
  • Memory: 1GB RAM or more recommended
  • Minimum free drive space: 800MB
  • DVD drive (if using physical installation media)
  • XGA (1024x768) or higher-resolution monitor

Always check the most recent information about the supported operating environments for SPSS, see:

http://www.spss.com/statistics/

Not available online through Software at Penn State:

IBM® SPSS® Statistics 21 GradPack Base or IBM® SPSS® Statistics 22 GradPack Base for Mac & Windows (06-Mo Rental) around $42

Available through various re-sellers such as e-academy or OnTheHub.  Click on the 'Buy Now' button to find the 6 month rental option.

http://www.onthehub.com/spss/

Quick Tutorial Introduction to SPSS

The general technical requirements for the online learning courses match or exceed the technical requirements for any of the statistical packages listed above. In other words, if you meet the minimum technical requirements to enroll in an online course, then you should also have the required specifications to download and run these programs.

This page last updated: January 11, 2017