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skyrock
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PSPP - open source alternative to stats software SPSS

PSPP is currently the most viable open source GNU alternative to SPSS which is almost essential for any social sciences researcher. The ability to carry it in a portable hard disk or usb drive would be a god-send.

http://www.gnu.org/software/pspp/

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GNU R would be better and what about Octave

A stats package would be great. However for all its claimed compatibility with SPSS the GNU PSPP has loads of omissions. The R Project's R system has everything that SPSS (and BMD and Systat) has with the exception of the control language.

While we're about it the Mathematica equivalent Octave would be a complementary package to add.

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Someone has already made a launcher http://www.stat.tamu.edu/~aredd/site/?q=node/2

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Way to go :-)

That's fantastic. Will have to wait until later in the week when I'm back at my customer site to try it out but having R there and on my Mac is great.

Now to find a version of Octave that can be portableapp-ised.

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Hmmm,

Octave, in the meantime you could test FreeMat Portable

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Prefer to play Octaves

Freemat may already be portable but I already use Octave on my Mac. I'd like to have Octave available when I am forced to use a PC.

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...i'm still interested in

...i'm still interested in PSPP portable... any chances this will be avalaible soon?

regards,

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Hi Mosthated, I just copied

Hi Mosthated,

I just copied my existing installation of PSPP from the harddrive to my pendrive ad it seems to work on another computer. Haven't tested it very hard, but it might be a solution.

Good luck and let me hear if it works for you too!

Richard MacLennan
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Installing PSPP into PortableApps

Hi Everyone,

I have installed PSPP into PortableApps. PSPP is a statistical program from the Free Software Foundation that is a very close clone of the commercial SPSS statistical package. Actually there are two separate 32-bit and 64-bit versions of PSPP, and I have installed both.

1. Copy or install PSPP into a folder in the PortableApps directory (I called mine "PSPP32" and "PSPP64", respectively.)
2. Within the software folder (say PSPP32), create an "App" directory, and within this create an "AppInfo" subdirectory..
3. Create a "appinfo.ini" file in the AppInfo subdirectory with the following code (make sure that you save it as an .ini file and not a .txt file).

[Format]
Type=PortableApps.comFormat
Version=2.0

[Details]
Name=PSPP32 Portable
AppId=PSPP32Portable
Publisher=Free Software Foundation Team
Homepage=PortableApps.com/PSPP32Portable
Category=Development
Description=PSPP32 is 32-bit public domain version of the SPSS statistical package

[License]
Shareable=true
OpenSource=true
Freeware=true
CommercialUse=true

[Version]
PackageVersion=1.6.2.21
DisplayVersion=1.6.2 Dev Test 1

[Control]
Icons=1
Start=bin\psppire.exe

5. The last line of code is critical to point to the proper executable, which happens to be in the "bin" subdirectory in the software folder.
6. Within the "Apps" menu, use the "Refresh App Icons" option to install PSPP into your PortableApps menu.
7. You can use the above code to also create an "appinfo.ini" file for the 64-bit version, if you do a search & replace for "32" with "64".
8. OPTIONAL: You can also use the IcoFX program to create an icon for PSPP and save it as "appicon.ico" in the AppInfo subdirectory.

Enjoy!

Richard

Richard MacLennan, Ph.D.
Professor Psychology, and
Academic Director, Statistics Canada
Regina Research Data Centre

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