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Software and Open Source Equivalents

The CTRL Lab supports the following Open Source alternatives to proprietary statistics packages. In addition to visiting each project's web site copies are available through (requires an AU login and password) in the folder J:/classes/prepared.


The open source equivalent of this software is Gretl. It supports a number of languages and performs a variety of linear analyses.



PSPP performs many of the functions of SPSS and has a very similar look.  PSPP saves files in the SPSS format and can handle SPSS portable files. It also provides syntax support.



Python is a remarkably powerful dynamic programming language that is used in a wide variety of application domains. Python is often compared to Tcl, Perl, Ruby, Scheme or Java.



R provides a wide variety of statistical (linear and nonlinear modelling, classical statistical tests, time-series analysis, classification, clustering, ...) and graphical techniques, and is highly extensible. One of R's strengths is the ease with which well-designed publication-quality plots can be produced, including mathematical symbols and formulae where needed.