
Overview of SPSS: The Computer Program formerly known as Statistical Package for the Social Sciences* 
What is SPSS?

These commands (1) bring raw data into SPSS, either from another file, or by typing it in yourself, and (2) enter descriptive information about the data. 

These commands access and save SPSS system files 

These commands actually do statistical analysis 



These commands alter data and change file characteristics. 



*SPSSTM (originally, Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) is a software program developed in the late 1960s by graduate students at Stanford University. Although initially created to manage a large survey research project of citizen participation in seven nations, the package quickly gained popularity, and was greatly enhanced over the next few years. In 1985, a microcomputer version of SPSS for IIBMcompatible personal computers was introduced, which included many of the most popular features of the mainframe version of SPSS. Today there are more than one million users of SPSS in academic, business, government, and nonprofit organizations. 

The explanatory material on SPSS was drawn partly from StatMaster,* and from the "help" commands in the Data Manager version of SPSS 6.0 for unix.
