Introduction to the Popular Open Source Statistical Software (OSSS)

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Book Chapter


Is part of Open Source Software for Statistical Analysis of Big Data


python; open source software (OSS); integrated development environment (IDE); JASP; Graphic User Interface; SOFA statistics; KNIME; PSPP (software); R (programming language); Scilab (software); Gretl; General Public License

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IGI Global

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Open Source Software for Statistical Analysis of Big Data: Emerging Research and Opportunities


This chapter first introduces the two most popular Open Source Statistical Software (OSSS), R and Python, along with their Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and Graphical User Interface (GUI). Secondly, additional OSSS, such as JASP, PSPP, GRETL, SOFA Statistics, Octave, KNIME, and Scilab, will also be introduced in this chapter with function descriptions and modeling examples. The chapter intends to create a reference for readers to make proper selection of the Open Source Software when a statistical analysis task is in demand. The chapter describes software explicitly in words. In addition, working platform and selective numerical, descriptive, and analysis examples are provided for each software. Readers could have a direct and in-depth understanding of each software and its functional highlights.

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