# Introduction

For these labs we will use the statistical package SPSS.

SPSS is one of the most widely used statistical packages in the world. It is owned by the famous company IBM.

The main advantage of SPSS is that it is user friendly - with point and click functions, like most Windows programs.

1. It is expensive, especially once you graduate. A one year licence can be any where from $1000 to$10,000 per year.
2. It has limited customisation and support for more advanced statistics. Unlike packages like Stata and R, SPSS lacks the ability to be easily customised, and because of this some of the most advanced or recent developments in statistics are not available, or are very expensive to buy.

To install SPSS, you will need to access via iLab: (if you are a Macquarie student)

The advantage of iLab is that it is free. The disadvantage is that you need to access via the internet, and sometimes it is a bit hard to transfer files in and out of iLab.

# Installing iLab

1. Choose the appropriate client for your OS and click the link.