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    Statistics - PSPP 0.6.0

    The Hardy repos have pspp 0.4.x in them, but 0.6.0 is out and it's really really incredible. If you have experience using SPSS, you will feel very much at home. It's not done yet (0.6 < 1.0) but it is much more capable and useful than the version in the hardy repos. The GUI (psppire) does have some limitations, but it's much better than any R-CRAN front-end I've ever seen. In time this program will become _the_ tool to point new Linux users to when they need a statistics tool that comes with a GUI.

    As an added bonus some of you will be pleased to learn that the FSF have worked very hard to reproduce the delightful fortranesque world that is SPSS syntax. If you have to work with SPSS syntax or .sav files, this program is worth checking out. If you are already a wizard with R-CRAN, and don't need to share files / code with SPSS users, you are better off ignoring this post. Because of the brilliant structure R adopted for letting people write custom code/modules, R-CRAN has more functions and features than either PSPP or SPSS base. But, PSPP has a lot to offer people who need compatibility with SPSS or want a GUI. I'm sure that PSPP will (slowly) close the gap with R in the future.

    http://www.gnu.org/software/pspp/

    The installation directions directions are pretty good but I had to install the ruby packages for most of the dependencies in order to get it to compile. So, if you just go through the dependencies and make sure you have the -dev and -ruby stuff, it works as advertised.

    Conversely, I could send you the .deb file that I have but I feel obligated to tell you that it was created via checkinstall and it does not do dependency checking for you. I just wrote it to make it easier to remove / upgrade with Intrepid comes out. If you want it, PM me, and I'll send it to you.

    For all you emacs fans out there (I am slowly becoming one myself) the program comes with a very useful mode called pspp-mode that will make a very nice addition to your collection of modes. If someone who actually knows LISP could look at this and tell me how hard it would be to fold this mode into ESS, I would love to learn more about that.
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    Re: Statistics - PSPP 0.6.0

    0.6 is in intrepid It looks so much better than the previous version!

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    Re: Statistics - PSPP 0.6.0

    Yeah, it's definitely in Intrepid, but I wanted to play with it today, and it only takes a few minutes to compile (once you get done figuring out how to make it compile).

    You can actually do useful stuff with PSPP now . . . but I don't much care for the name.
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    Re: Statistics - PSPP 0.6.0

    Right, so I am confused here I need to get this installed. It's for a class. I checked (via synaptic) and I have all of the dependencies installed (or their replacements?) and I try to `./configure' and I get some error

    configure: WARNING: The following optional prerequisites are not installed.
    You may wish to install them to obtain additional functionality:
    libxml2
    libreadline (which may itself require libncurses or libtermcap)
    configure: error: The following required prerequisites are not installed.
    You must install them before PSPP can be built:
    libplot (or use --without-libplot)
    gtk+ 2.0 v2.12 or later (or use --without-gui)
    libglade 2.0 v2.6.0 or later (or use --without-gui)
    so, I do not understand how to get beyond this point. How did you get it to recognize that you had these packages installed?
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    Re: Statistics - PSPP 0.6.0

    If you do want to compile it then you need the packages that have a "-dev" on the end too.

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    Re: Statistics - PSPP 0.6.0

    The .deb package from http://packages.debian.org/lenny/pspp can be installed in Ubuntu 8.04 so just use that instead.

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    Re: Statistics - PSPP 0.6.0

    Hi,

    I'm having a bit of trouble getting started in PSPP. I'm coming from using SPSS 16 in Windows. My procedure there was to write the bulk of my code in a text editor and then call it from a syntax window. After that, if I needed to do small, ad hoc commands, I'd run them from the syntax window.

    The problem that I have is that I don't know how to get PSPP to go straight into GUI mode. Is anyone available to help me out with this?

    Thanks,

    DD

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    Re: Statistics - PSPP 0.6.0

    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty D View Post
    The problem that I have is that I don't know how to get PSPP to go straight into GUI mode. Is anyone available to help me out with this?
    The command is "psppire"

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    Re: Statistics - PSPP 0.6.0

    Quote Originally Posted by ad_267 View Post
    The command is "psppire"
    Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately, I don't seem to have psppire.

    dirtyd@dirtyd-laptop:~$ psppire
    bash: psppire: command not found
    dirtyd@dirtyd-laptop:~$ locate psppire
    dirtyd@dirtyd-laptop:~$ sudo apt-get install psppire
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    E: Couldn't find package psppire
    dirtyd@dirtyd-laptop:~$ apt-get install pspp
    E: Could not open lock file /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (13 Permission denied)
    E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), are you root?
    dirtyd@dirtyd-laptop:~$ sudo apt-get install pspp
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    pspp is already the newest version.
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    dirtyd@dirtyd-laptop:~$ psppire
    bash: psppire: command not found
    dirtyd@dirtyd-laptop:~$

    Advice?

    Dirty D

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    Re: Statistics - PSPP 0.6.0

    You need to have at least version 0.6.0 for psppire.

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