The Penn Libraries offer the Virtual Computer Lab for students to access software applications normally accessible in Library computer labs. Software includes in-demand titles that students can’t easily access by other means.
The Penn Libraries vLab provides a Windows 10 virtual PC desktop with SPSS and Stata/IC available.
Looking for specialized software? Need software for a course? Some Penn schools host their own virtual computer labs for their faculty, staff, and students.
Statistical and GIS software availability by lab location:
COVID-19 Service Alert : Library lab computers are not available. Statistical software packages are available in the Penn Libraries vLab.
This guide presents resources at Penn Libraries and elsewhere for understanding and using the statistical packages SPSS, SAS, Stata, and R, available on lab computers at Van Pelt and other libraries, as well as the Undergraduate and Graduate Data Analysis Labs (UDAL). Stat/Transfer is available at UDAL.
|Powerful data management for complex data sets, steep learning curve.|
|Menu-driven. For the occasional user. Not appropriate for analyzing complex survey data. Resembles Excel interface.|
|Menus as well as command-line interface. Robust support for complex sample surveys.|
|Command-line. Free and open source. New packages frequently released.|
Comparison drawn from:
Mitchell, M. N. (2005). Strategically using General Purpose Statistics Packages: A Look at Stata, SAS and SPSS (Technical Report Series, Report Number 1, Version Number 1). Statistical Consulting Group: UCLA Academic Technology Services.
Comparisons of packages for specific statistical tests. From Google Scholar. Add the statistical analysis of interest to the search.
Popularity of Data Analysis Software. Updated comparison of packages by use.
Appointments are available with our statistics software consultant for R, Stata, and SPSS. Make an appointment via the Penn Libraries Technology Consultation Appointment page : select "Stata, R and Other Statistical Software" for available appointments.