Free Software For Statistics And Research

Trying to find up-to-date statistics and data for marketing projects can be time-consuming. It can also be expensive for those marketing directors who do not know where to find free and/or low-cost data. Listed below are some of the best online sources for current statistical information. Most of it is free or can be acquired at a small cost.

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Statistics And Research

STATS™ 2.0 Software
This free, downloadable Windows software from Decision Analyst performs commonly needed statistical functions for marketing researchers, including generating random numbers, calculating sample sizes needed for surveys, and computing the mean, standard deviation, standard error, and range for keyboard-entered data.

This private company offers low-cost statistical software that can be integrated into Microsoft Excel. The software provides over 30 parametric and nonparametric statistical functions, including box-whisker plots, multiple linear regression analyses, and chi-square statistics. A free evaluation copy of the software can be downloaded from the site.

EasyReg International (Easy Regression)
EasyReg is free software that conducts various econometric estimation and testing tasks on all 32-bit Windows platforms (95 through 07), simply by clicking the mouse. EasyReg is designed for use in empirical research and for teaching econometrics. In the latter case the user can choose his or her econometrics level. EasyReg is called International because it accepts dots and/or commas as decimal delimiters, regardless of the local number setting of Windows. Moreover, EasyReg works under non-English versions of Windows without the need to adjust the language setting, as long as the language involved uses a Roman alphabet.

EpiData offers free entry and analysis software that handles simple forms or related systems and has optimized documentation and error-detection features. EpiData Analysis performs basic statistical analysis, graphs, and comprehensive data management such as descriptive statistics, SPC charts, recoding data, label values, and variables. Questions can be posed through several user groups. Organizations outside low-income countries using EpiData software for courses or routine fieldwork are expected to assist with donations or support for maintenance of the software.

Guide To Available Mathematical Software
This site provides a free, searchable database and “virtual repository’’ of mathematical and statistical software presented by the Information Technology Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Marketing Research and Intelligence Association (MRIA)
This site provides a free, interactive, graphical Windows solution for analyzing and presenting marketing research and other statistical information or data.

National Institute Of Standards And Technology (NIST)
Part of the U.S. Commerce Department, NIST provides technical leadership in modern analytical and computational methods for solving scientific problems that are of interest to American industry. Its website offers a repository of free mathematical and statistical software.

Simple Interactive Statistical Analysis (SISA)
This free site allows users to use the Internet to perform statistical analysis such as negative binomial distribution, random number generation, and significance testing. Also offers user-friendly guides for statistical procedures to help users determine which procedure is appropriate for a particular problem.

Summary Of Survey Analysis Software
This site delineates software for the analysis of surveys with complex sample designs, specifically software that can do variance estimation with survey data. Also provided are comparative software reviews and links to relevant sites.

Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

This is a portal site for the GIS, computer-aided design (CAD), mapping, and location-based industries. It offers free information about GIS packages, viewers, converters, compression utilities, and other downloads. The site also has news, forums, a career center, white papers, and tutorials. A GIS is a computer system capable of capturing, storing, analyzing, and displaying geographically referenced information.
This sophisticated portal site offers a great deal of free information on GIS software; information on where to find data, education and training in GIS, user groups, career center, glossaries, directories, associations, publications, and a searchable database of GIS-related links and news.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS): Geographic Information Systems
This site provides free background and links on GIS technology from the United States Geological Survey. It includes an informative section titled “How Does GIS Work?’’ and an explanation of GIS applications.

Population Data Software
The GeoNames geographical database is available for download free of charge under a creative commons attribution license. It contains over 8 million geographical names and consists of 7 million unique features, including 2.6 million populated places and 2.8 million alternate names. The program integrates geographical data such as names of places (in various languages), elevation, population, and other factors. All latitude and longitude coordinates are in World Geodetic System 1984. Users may manually edit, correct, and add new names using a user-friendly wiki interface.


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