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Clark University provides basic support in the use of the most popular quantitative (statistical) software, SPSS, Stata and SAS, and qualitative software: NVIVO. ITS installs software in public computing spaces, classrooms and research labs. Additional software packages, such as Matlab may be available on a limited basis.

University Supported tools for Quantitative Analysis

SPSS
What is it good for Used for survey data anaylitics, data mining, statistical analysis, and collaboration and development
Key Features
  • Descriptive statistics: Cross tabulation, Frequencies, Descriptives, Explore, Descriptive Ratio Statistics
  • Bivariate statistics: Means, t-test, ANOVA, Correlation (bivariate, partial, distances), Nonparametric tests
  • Prediction for numerical outcomes: Linear regression
  • Prediction for identifying groups: Factor analysis, cluster analysis (two-step, K-means, hierarchical), Discriminant
Appropriate Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Technical Expertise
Looking to learn? Check out http://www.youtube.com/user/RStatsInstitute/videos and http://www.missouristate.edu/rstats/90186.htm
 
SAS
What is it good for Enables programmers to manages data and calls procedures, analyzes and reports the data.
Key Features
  • retrieval, management, and mining
  • report writing and graphics
  • statistical analysis
  • business planning, forecasting, and decision support
  • operations research and project management
  • quality improvement
  • applications development
  • data warehousing (extract, transform, load)
  • platform independent and remote computing
Appropriate Audience Upper division Undergraduate, Graduate Students, Researchers
Technical Expertise
Looking to learn? Check out http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/sas/
 
MATLAB
What is it good for Numerical computing and visualization
Key Features
  • high-level language for numerical computation, visualization, and application development
  • interactive environment for iterative exploration, design, and problem solving
  • mathematical functions for linear algebra, statistics, Fourier analysis, filtering, optimization, numerical integration, and solving ordinary differential equations
  • built-in graphics for visualizing data and tools for creating custom plots
  • tools for building applications with custom graphical interfaces
  • integration with external applications and languages such as C, Java, .NET, and Microsoft Excel
Appropriate Audience Upper division Undergraduate, Graduate Students, Technical course work.
* current licensing is for classroom/instructional use
Technical Expertise
Looking to learn? Check out http://www.mathworks.com/academia/student_center/tutorials/launchpad.html
 

University Supported tools Qualitative Analysis:

NVIVO
What is it good for NVivo is intended to help users organize and analyze non-numerical or unstructured data. The software allows users to classify, sort and arrange information; examine relationships in the data; and combine analysis with linking, shaping, searching and modeling.
Key Features
  • Import, create and edit a wide range of data (txt, MP3, MP4, 3gp)
  • Code and classify data by theme, color and view theme density
  • Capture thoughts and notes in memos and comments
  • Link ideas, themes and information and visualize them
  • Smart Search, queries and visualizations
  • Interoperability with desktop applications and web 2.0 tools
Appropriate Audience Graduate Students
Technical Expertise
Looking to learn? Check out http://www.qsrinternational.com/support_getting-started.aspx
 

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