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Bayesian Independent Sample Inference test found in SPSS Statistics 25.

Today I am proud to announce the latest features coming for SPSS Statistics 25 and as a free update to all SPSS Statistics Subscribers. These features bring much desired capabilities in charting, new statistical tests, and enhancements to existing statistics which all originated from customer feedback. In fact, to select and prioritize these features I’ve met, spoken to, or gotten feedback from over 217 customers across 99 companies, 37 universities, and 22 countries. This feedback has led to a release built for 99% of our users and shows our commitment to our customers and the larger statistical and analytics community.

Here’s what you can do with the new features in version 25 and the next subscription update:

  • Execute new Bayesian statistics functions including regression, ANOVA, and t-tests.
    Bayesian statistics is becoming very popular, because it circumvents a lot of the misunderstandings brought by standard statistics. Instead of using a p-value to reject or fail to reject a null hypothesis, Bayesian places an uncertainty on parameters and captures all relevant information from observed data. Our approach to Bayesian statistics is unique because our Bayesian procedures are as easy to run as our standard statistical tests. In just a few clicks you can run Linear Regression, ANOVA, One-Sample, Pair-Sample, Independent-Sample T-tests, Binomial Proportion Inference, Poisson Distribution Analysis, Pairwise Pearson Correlation, and Loglinear models to test the independence of two categorical variables. Bayesian Statistics are found in the Advanced Statistics module for Stats 25 and to Subscribers of the Custom Tables & Advanced Statistics add-on.
  • Quickly create attractive, modern charts and edit them in Microsoft Office.
    Building modern, attractive, and detailed charts has never been easier. Our chart builder has been updated with the ability to create publication quality charts in just a few clicks. Now you can specify chart colors, titles, and templates as you’re building the chart. And, our new default template ensures a great looking chart even without modifications. In addition, now if you wish, you can copy most charts as a Microsoft Graphic Object so you can edit titles, colors, styling, and even chart type right in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, or Excel. Charting in SPSS has never been this easy. All these charting features are found in the Base editions.
  • Extend your advanced statistical analysis with updates to MIXED, GENLINMIXED, GLM, and UNIANOVA.
    We’ve responded to customer feedback by adding the most requested enhancements to a few of our most popular advanced statistics functions. The Mixed Linear Models (MIXED) & Generalized Linear Mixed Models (GENLINMIXED) procedures now provide random effects solution results (EBLUPs) and continuous time spatial covariance structures. Also, the General Linear Model (GLM) and UNIANOVA procedures have been enhanced with new features including profile plots with error bars, bar/line charts, an option to include grand mean, and an option to force the chart to include 0 on Y axis. GLM and UNIANOVA also now include new tests for heteroskedasticity and model specification, robust standard errors, and modified versions of Levene’s test. Most of these functions are found in the Advanced Statistics module for Stats 25 and to Subscribers of the Custom Tables & Advanced Statistics add-on, although UNIANOVA is found in the Base editions.
  • Write, edit, and format syntax faster with Syntax Editor shortcuts.
    Here are a set of features for those users that are primarily syntax writers. We’ve added a bunch of features (and associated keyboard shortcuts) to make writing, formatting, and editing syntax easier. Now with a simple keyboard shortcut you can join lines, duplicate lines, delete lines, remove empty lines, move lines up or down, and trim leading or trailing spaces. In addition, we’re introducing a new column editing mode which allows you to edit multiple lines at once. A killer feature here is the ability to copy data from the data editor (or Microsoft Excel) and paste “down” across multiple lines. It’s a great feature – once you try it, you will no longer be able to go back to the earlier syntax editor. These syntax features are found in the Base editions.
  • Plus more.
    We have a new merge UI that simplifies merging options, a simplified toolbar with some convenient buttons added, the ability to open and save Stata v14 files, as well as the ability to copy and paste data from the data editor with variable names or labels.

  • These features are now available in SPSS Statistics 25 and Subscription. In addition, the SPSS Statistics Subscription trial has been updated. Check out the IBM Marketplace for trial and purchase information.

    I highly recommend becoming a subscriber of SPSS Statistics so you can get these and all future updates with easy downloads, easy user and device management, and simple registration with IBMID instead of license keys. Consider becoming a Subscriber today for 10% off your first month with promotional code SPSSTAT10.

    Big thank you to all customers, sponsored users, beta participants, designers, developers, statisticians, and business partners that have contributed their time to bringing these features to life.

    EDIT: Watch a webinar to see Chart Building and Bayesian features in action View now!

24 comments on"What’s New in SPSS Statistics 25 & Subscription"

  1. Carolyn Muegge July 26, 2017

    What has IBM done about running conditional logistic regression models (not the work around using Cox Regression)?

    • Hi Carolyn – There are no enhancements in that particular product area, but I am sensitive to the issue. In fact, I’m considering making a whole bunch of updates to our regression procedures. I plan to have the community suggest and vote on regression enhancements. Keep visiting this community for more info on that.

      • Great! We need it!

      • Christian Badillo September 01, 2017

        I would like to have a improvements. Like Lack-Of-Fit test to linear and quadratic regression. Also I would like to have Mandel fitting test.

  2. Any possibility of including NONLINEAR mixed- effect regression modeling? This question was filed to the development team when version 19 came out. Thx.

  3. update:
    Any possibility of including NONLINEAR mixed- effect regression modeling? This question was filed to the development team when version 19 came out.
    Following is the link where this question was raised.

    Stata included this capability in the newly version 15. Also in Minitab V18.1
    Thank you for your feedback

  4. Hi Juan – I will examine this for a future release. Thanks for bringing my attention to the need.

  5. I hope It won’t take another 25 years. 🙂 Regards

  6. Koji Sasaki August 10, 2017

    Any change or progress in neural network analysis?

    • Hi Koji – What kind of changes are you interested in?

      • Koji Sasaki August 13, 2017

        Hi Doug,

        The choice of activation function in the multilayer perceptron model does not include rectified linear unit, and the maximum number of hidden layers is limited to 2. I hope a new version of SPSS is more flexible to design neural network analysis. Also, I will be surprised if SPSS can handle convolutional neural network for image recognition in the future.



  7. David Arndt August 14, 2017

    Do you plan to have a youtube demo uploaded so we can share the link?

  8. Mario Giesel August 19, 2017

    The new syntax features seem to meet some of the improvement suggestions I made in the SPSSX Discussion Group (http://spssx-discussion.1045642.n5.nabble.com/Making-SPSS-better-td5732642.html). Looking forward to version 25 and hope we get it soon. Thanks!

  9. Matthew Stone August 22, 2017

    Are there any plans to allow the split file function (more specifically multiple imputation) to work with Generalized Linear Mixed Models?

  10. Jennie Svanström August 28, 2017

    Hi Doug!
    We often use stacked bar (in Chart builder) but when we want to transpose stacked bar in “Basic Elements” to a horizontal bar, the labels (or colours) in the bars go in a different direction than the labels (colours) in the legend. How can I solve this problem? There is a substantial demand of using this cind of horizontal bars.

    kind regards from Jennie

    • Hi Jennie – I consider this a bug. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I’ve asked the team to review and get this fixed in the next fixpack.

  11. I downloaded the trial and don’t see raking

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