Western Libraries

Data and Statistics

Software for Statistical Analysis

All software is available for use on computers in the Map and Data Centre.  Some software is available for download through Western Technology Services for students, faculty, and staff.

Software descriptions
Beyond 20/20 Excel NVivo R SAS
SPSS or PSPP Stata   StatTransfer GIS Software

Beyond 20/20: Windows-based (only) viewer software that is used to view and manipulate statistical tables that are distributed by various sources (including Statistics Canada).  The .ivt file type (extension) is associated with Beyond 20/20. The viewer permits the manipulation of variables (dimensions) within a file so users can identify, extract, and/or graph particular statistics within these files (e.g., number of children living in male lone-parent families in a specified geographic area).  The software also permits graphing and mapping (if supported) of data.  Data can be exported from B2020 to other file formats, including Excel, .csv, and dBase (dbf) for importing into Geographic Information Systems software.
Download
Availability: Weldon Instructional Room; Weldon Collaborative Technology Rooms 17A and 17B; Map and Data Centre (Weldon ground floor) public machines

Excel - a standard product in the Microsoft Office Suite is a popular spreadsheet software.Spreadsheets present numeric values in rows and columns, and can perform basic and complex mathematical operations.  Excel courses are available to faculty, staff and graduate students from WTS.
Availability: Weldon Instructional Room; Weldon Collaborative Technology Rooms 17A and 17B; Map and Data Centre (Weldon ground floor) public machines; MS Office Online

NVivo: performs qualitative data analysis (particularly for text-based or multimedia objects).
FAQs and user support
Video tutorials
How to videos
Join Western's NVivo User's Group mailing list
Availability: Weldon Collaborative Technology Rooms 17A and 17B; Map and Data Centre (Weldon ground floor) public machines

SAS: used for data analytics, multivariate analysis, business intelligence, data management, and predictive analytics.
Download from WTS at Western
Getting started with SAS
Video tutorials
Learning and using SAS
Availability: Weldon Instructional Room; Weldon Collaborative Technology Rooms 17A and 17B; Map and Data Centre (Weldon ground floor) public machines

SPSS: Users can input their own data, import existing data, run descriptive descriptives and perform more complex analysis.  Information pertaining to the campus license for SPSS is available at WTS.
Text tutorials
Video tutorials
Learning and using SPSS
Availability: Weldon Instructional Room; Weldon Collaborative Technology Rooms 17A and 17B; Map and Data Centre (Weldon ground floor) public machines

PSPP: free, open source statistical analysis software compatible with SPSS.
Download
Tutorial
FAQ
Availability: Free download - not installed on Western Libraries machines

Stata: provides statistics, graphics and data management for data analysis.
Learning and using Stata
Video tutorials
Availability: Weldon Instructional Room; Weldon Collaborative Technology Rooms 17A and 17B; Map and Data Centre (Weldon ground floor) public machines

Stat/Transfer: transfers data between different programs, worksheets, databases, and statistical packages.
Download a demo
FAQ
Availability:  Map and Data Centre (Weldon ground floor) public machine number 5.

R: free, open source software that provides a wide variety of statistical and graphical techniques including linear and nonlinear modeling, classical statistical tests, time-series analysis, classification, and clustering.
Download R software (for Linux, Mac OS X or Windows)
Download RStudio software (Graphical User Interface for R for Linux, Mac OS X or Windows)
Manuals
FAQs
Workshops at Western
Availability: Weldon Instructional Room; Weldon Collaborative Technology Rooms 17A and 17B; Map and Data Centre (Weldon ground floor) public machines

GIS: "A Geographic Information System (GIS) lets us visualize, question, analyze, and interpret data to understand relationships, patterns, and trends" (Esri) 
More information: GIS at Western

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