StATS: Statistical software (August 25, 2004).

Back when I was writing the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) for stat-l/sci.stat.consult, I had a question about how to contact commercial statistical software vendors and where to find free statistical software. Unfortunately, stat-l has fallen on hard times, so I have not updated this FAQ for several years. But I do want to convert those two lists to a different part of my web pages and update them.

I got an email from Muthen and Muthen, makers of Mplus, and I will add this software program to the list when I have time. According to this company:

Mplus is a comprehensive modeling program that integrates random effect, factor, and latent class analysis in both cross-sectional and longitudinal settings and for both single-level and multi-level data. -- www.statmodel.com/index2.html

I have not used this software, so I can't endorse it. Even for the software I do use, I wouldn't want to endorse any of it. Statistical software is such an individual thing that it is impossible for a stranger like me to recommend any particular program to you. For the record, though, here is the software that I do use, in alphabetical order.

The free software that I use is EpiInfo and R.

I have a weblog entry from March 18, 2004 exploring microarray software products. I also have some tips on how to cite statistical software in a research publication.

This page was written by Steve Simon while working at Children's Mercy Hospital. Although I do not hold the copyright for this material, I am reproducing it here as a service, as it is no longer available on the Children's Mercy Hospital website. Need more information? I have a page with general help resources. You can also browse for pages similar to this one at Category: Statistical computing.