Macintosh statistical software

Other Statistics Software: surveys, data mining, specialty programs

These are other Macintosh software packages used for data analysis beyond those for regression, ANOVA, or time series analysis. You may also wish to see the list of general-purpose mathematical analysis packages. Don't forget to see the bottom of the page for software that's been abandoned but may still be useful in Classic.

Graphing and data visualization packages are on another page.

Updated 1/2/2017

Survey software

Mediata Survey

Configurations Available: Mac, Windows
Current Version: 3.02
Price: $99
Listing updated 4-26-2011

Surveys are created from a desktop program, in php and MySQL (or PostgreSQL). Free trial allows up to ten submissions. Supports multiple page surveys (you control the number of items per page) as well as matrix questions. Allows multiple surveys for multiple domains; you can set different rules, conditions, and options based on answers. There is an invitation manager as well. The program uses html templates which can be modified. Analysis includes graphics. Exports to CVS, text, and html.

A brief test shows that usage is fairly clunky, with questions requiring lengthy wizards that demand clicks to add each answer option, a system that can get tedious very quickly; admittedly freeform-style entry is rare for survey software, but a keyboard command for "add option" and other frequent actions would save considerable time. When the survey is previewed, the html source appears moderately wasteful, with a separate span for questions and question text; but we've seen worse. We were unable to create a survey script on the Mac without an SQL database, suggesting that you’re meant to create the survey on the server itself rather than creating on a desktop and then uploading, which is unrealistic for most people; but there are probably workarounds for that.

(thanks to Nadine Macolini for finding this one)

Other options

Windows survey software we have tested was excessively hard to use and/or hideously overpriced. The two best options we’ve seen are the free, open-source LimeSurvey, and SurveySaid (an online program which generates html or Java code, which the user can host on their own servers to maintain security; thanks, Marty Einhorn.)

There are also free and moderately priced Web-based solutions, but these all seem to require you to store data on their servers, which is inappropriate or unwise for many surveys. Some are also slow for the respondents or make it clear that you are using a free service.

Geographic resources

free Mac statistics softwareGRASS

Configurations Available: Mac, Linux, Windows

Price: Free (and open source)
Listing updated 1-2-2017

Michael Barton pointed out that GRASS is used for geographic resources data management, image processing, graphics production, spatial modelling, and visualization of many types of data. It is an official project of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation.

Originally developed by the Army as a tool for land management and environmental planning, GRASS is a powerful utility with a wide range of applications in many different areas of scientific research. GRASS is currently used in academic, government, and commercial settings.

GRASS 6 added a new topological 2D/3D vector engine and support for vector network analysis. Attributes are now managed in a SQL-based DBMS. A new display manager has been implemented. The NVIZ visualization tool was enhanced to display 3D vector data and voxel volumes. Messages are partially translated with support for FreeType fonts, including multibyte Asian characters. New LOCATIONs can be auto-generated by EPSG code number. GRASS is integrated with GDAL/OGR libraries to support an extensive range of raster and vector formats, including OGC-conformal Simple Features.

free Mac statistics softwareQuantum GIS

Configurations Available: Mac, Linux, Windows

Price: Free (and open source)
Listing updated 12-1-2010

Quantum GIS is a somewhat less powerful but easy to use GIS package for Mac, Linux, and Windows. It is also an Open Source Geospatial Foundation project, and it supports numerous vector, raster, and database formats and functions.

free Mac statistics softwareGMT for geographic and Cartesian data

Configurations Available: Mac (under X11), Linux, UNIX, OS/2, Windows [requires Cygwin or VirtualBox for full function]
Current Version: 4.5.5 (released Nov. 2010)
Price: Free (and open source)
Listing updated 12-1-2010

GMT is an open source collection of many tools for manipulating geographic and Cartesian data sets (including filtering, trend fitting, gridding, projecting, etc.) and producing Encapsulated PostScript File (EPS) illustrations ranging from simple x-y plots via contour maps to artificially illuminated surfaces and 3-D perspective views.

Other software

free Mac statistics softwareRapidMiner (data mining)

Configurations available: no compatibility or version info available
Price: free (open source) for community edition; pricey standard edition
Listing updated 1/2/2017

Commercial open source software said to be giving the closed-source programs a run for their money; despite the pretty Java GUI, it’s not a “load and use” package, but it also is not a “type esoteric commands from a huge, dense manual” program. It can import Excel files and connect to databases; most operations require some programming through its XML interface.

free Mac statistics softwaregretl

Configurations available: OS X (Intel only)
Current version: 2016e
Price: free (open source)
Listing updated 1/2/2017

gretl is a cross-platform software package for econometric analysis, written in the C programming language. It is is free, open-source software that reads in numerous formats and can link to R. Features include an easy, intuitive interface, a wide variety of estimators, time series methods, output in tabular, equation, or LaTeX formats, a scripting language, command loop structure, and GUI for fine tuning graphs. (Thanks, Rudi Bekkers).

Specialty software from Marley Watkins

This software is available from Marley Watkins at (Thanks, Tricia Jones). Some of this software is PowerPC based and will not run under Lion; some are OS 9 based; other programs are Intel-based or universal binaries. There are some Excel spreadsheets, some FutureBASIC and BASIC programs as well.

Commercial software

Insights (née Knowledge Miner (yX) for Excel)

Configurations Requires Excel 2011/2016; OS X 10.9 or newer
Current Version: 5.12
Price: Free basic version; Professional, $1,150; Educational prices as well
Listing updated 3/25/2014

Knowledge Miner’s Microsoft Excel-based data mining tool; it uses Excel data to build predictive and descriptive models. Includes many projects including climate change, and high-dimensional modeling. A new Basic edition (renamed Silver with version 2.9) was launched in late 2010; version 2.7 put multi-CPU support into all additions. Renamed Insights in 2014 and restarted at version 1.0. The Pro version uses AppleScript and MATLAB/Text; all work with Excel. New features for Advanced and Professional are “similar patterns” (for complex time processes without models), and auto-updated forecasts; Professional alone has cost-sensitive modeling. As one pays more, more samples and potential inputs and forecasting steps are supported.

The data mining program, according to its web site, "uses artificial intelligence to extract hidden knowledge from data...Even if you have no experience in modeling, data analysis or designing a neural network you will be able to model, analyze and predict complex relationships of nearly any kind of system. ... you can deal with a problem as is and don't have to construct artificial conditions for your modeling method to get it work." Knowledge Miner uses inductive learning algorithms, self-organizing fuzzy rule induction, analog complexing, and other methods; you can get cost curves for optimized cost-sensitive classification models, and an updated Business Intelligence Case Study application.

Macintouch wrote that it is: “designed to build predictive models from ‘noisy’ data ‘for forecasting, classification, identification or simulation tasks in various fields.’ Features include inductive reasoning; sequential pattern recognition; multi-level model validation; composite models; model uncertainty...”

Bee Docs Timeline 3D

Price: free-$25
Listing last updated: 1-2-2017
Available in the Mac App Store

Makes pretty timelines.

Data transfer / translation

Version: 13
Price: $295 (commercial), $179 (academic), $59 (student)
Listing last updated: 1-2-2017

Stat/Transfer can translate to and from most common statistical formats. It works surprisingly well, though you should check to make sure it can make the exact transitions you need.

General math software

Statistical analysis (particularly time series analysis) can also be done using general-purpose mathematical software (especially with optional or standard plugins) such as:


Image extraction software

Also see image extraction software and our abandoned Mac statistics software page.

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