IBM SPSS Statistics Overview

IBM SPSS Statistics is the #2 ranked solution in our list of top Data Mining tools. It is most often compared to IBM SPSS Modeler: IBM SPSS Statistics vs IBM SPSS Modeler

What is IBM SPSS Statistics?
Your organization has more data than ever, but spreadsheets and basic statistical analysis tools limit its usefulness. IBM SPSS Statistics software can help you find new relationships in the data and predict what will likely happen next. Virtually eliminate time-consuming data prep; and quickly create, manipulate and distribute insights for decision making.

IBM SPSS Statistics is also known as SPSS Statistics.

IBM SPSS Statistics Buyer's Guide

Download the IBM SPSS Statistics Buyer's Guide including reviews and more. Updated: May 2021

IBM SPSS Statistics Customers
LDB Group, RightShip, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Capgemini Consulting, TEAC Corporation, Ironside, nViso SA, Razorsight, Si.mobil, University Hospitals of Leicester, CROOZ Inc., GFS Fundraising Solutions, Nedbank Ltd., IDS-TILDA
IBM SPSS Statistics Video

Filter Archived Reviews (More than two years old)

Filter by:
Filter Reviews
Industry
Loading...
Filter Unavailable
Company Size
Loading...
Filter Unavailable
Job Level
Loading...
Filter Unavailable
Rating
Loading...
Filter Unavailable
Considered
Loading...
Filter Unavailable
Order by:
Loading...
  • Date
  • Highest Rating
  • Lowest Rating
  • Review Length
Search:
Showingreviews based on the current filters. Reset all filters
Manager of Data Analytics
Real User
Merge, Aggregation, and Crosstabs functions are valuable for data preparation

Pros and Cons

  • "It has helped our analyst unit deliver work with more transparency and confidence, given that we can always view the dataset in totality, after each step of data transformation."
  • "The learning curve to using this product is not steep. The program is appropriate for those who do not have a lot of background in programming, yet have to perform basic statistical analysis."
  • "Needs more statistical modelling functions."

What other advice do I have?

The learning curve to using this product is not steep. The program is appropriate for those who do not have a lot of background in programming, yet have to perform basic statistical analysis.
Senior Research Analyst at a university
Vendor
​Custom tables and macros allow us to create useful reports quickly for a broad audience

What is most valuable?

Custom tables and macros: They allow us to create useful reports quickly for a broad audience.

How has it helped my organization?

We can provide internal benchmarks that allow specific units to compare themselves to others and the whole organization.

What needs improvement?

Scripts are clunky to work with. Better documentation on how to use macros. More affordable training for new staff members.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used it for 17 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Some of the versions have issues. It is not always made public that a “fix” is available. Many hours can be wasted thinking you have something wrong in your code when it really is an issue with the newest version.

What do I think about

Learn what your peers think about IBM SPSS Statistics. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: May 2021.
502,104 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Modeling Analyst, Advanced Analytics - Decision Management at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Provides a good number of modelling techniques although data visualization is not easy to do

Pros and Cons

  • "in terms of the simplicity, I think the SPSS basic can handle it."
  • "Perhaps in terms of visualization. It's not really easy to do some data visualization, just simple, descriptive analysis in SPSS. I think that could be an area for improvement."

What other advice do I have?

Regarding SPSS basic, I think the buyer should understand what are the requirements of the organization. So if it requires lot of data processing, maybe switching to IBM SPSS Clementine would be better for the buyer. It depends on the requirements. But in terms of the simplicity, I think the SPSS basic can handle it.
Statistical Consultant at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
Consultant
It breaks under the weight of a moderate amount of data

What is most valuable?

None are particularly valuable to me, because all its features are available in better condition elsewhere. 

How has it helped my organization?

Once I joined an organization, I stopped using SPSS entirely. Who needs to spend thousands on a license for halfway decent software when R and Python work for free?

What needs improvement?

Cost Everything else about the software

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used SPSS for about 10 years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It breaks under the weight of a moderate amount of data.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It breaks under the weight of a moderate amount of data.
BI Expert at a university with 501-1,000 employees
Vendor
Predictive modeling and auto-model are valuable but IBM does not handle our support queries very well
For how long have you used this product? - Three years Which features of this product are most valuable to you? - Predictive modeling, and its best feature is auto-model, it will give you options on which models are best suited to your data such as CHAID, c5 or Logistic REgression, it also displays accuracy, another good feature is that it has boost and reduce data for replication (else you will have to rely on sample power) for power analysis Can you give an example of how this product has improved the way your organization functions? - Yes, we predicted enrollment of our students more accurately What areas of this product have room for improvement? - pricing maybe Did you encounter any issues with deployment, stability or scalability? - It's definitely scalable since its…
Other non-IT at a non-profit with 501-1,000 employees
Vendor
Review of IBM SPSS Text Analytics for Surveys
Coding qualitative data is a time-consuming and often costly aspect of the survey process. In this post, I will provide feedback on IBM SPSS Text Analytics for Surveys (STAS), which is software designed specifically for coding survey data. The benefits of using this software include improved efficiency and consistency when coding text. STAS allows you to set up a customizable coding algorithm to code your data. You can create your own coding scheme, or you can use one that is already built in. The built-in coding mechanism can identify responses that mention a place, a name, a positive or negative opinion, an opinion of how affordable an item is, and a number of other types of responses. One benefit of STAS is that it recognizes synonyms and alternative versions of words, making the task…
Other non-IT at a aerospace/defense firm with 51-200 employees
Vendor
IBM SPSS Text Analytics - Any Good? Yes.
I recently discovered that IBM bought SPSS a few years ago and is now providing a Text Analytics package called IBM SPSS Text Analytics for Surveys (producing the acronym STAS, which is either a stats package or an STD). I thought I'd take it out for a test drive so I downloaded a 14 day trail version. Before using, I reviewed these excellent tutorials: Analytics Blog and RTI's SurveyPost blog. For data I could have used their sample data, but I decided to download my Twitter archive. Unfortunately, this caused me some pre-processing hassle. You see, STAS is technically designed for survey data and it expects unstructured language to be in the form of comment responses to questions and it expects those comments to be stored in single cells within a column in a spreadsheet (I see no…
Tech Support Staff at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Vendor
Data and variable views: Easy to use and effective results
I would like to add and support a few points about this program used to analyze statistics. I use this software, SPSS, in our company on an annual basis to conduct and analyze surveys. It has two views that I make use of from time to time: data and variable views. With the variable view, we have access to the meta data dictionary while the data view enables us to store our data in the form of columns and rows. The program generally is very easy to use and gives effective results. I learned using this program on my own without any training; it is that simple.