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What Is SPSS?

SPSS is a statistical analysis package produced and sold by the multinational company SPSS Inc. SPSS was developed in the late 1960s by Norman H. Nie, C. Hadlai Hull, and Dale H. Brent. Their purpose was to develop “a software system based on the idea of using statistics to turn raw data into information essential to decision-making” (SPSS Inc., n.d., About SPSS , para. 2). Originally, the initials “SPSS” stood for “Statistical Package for the Social Sciences,” but since the market for SPSS is much broader today, SPSS is now simply the name used for the product and company and not an ...

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