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SOFA : Free Open source SPSS alternative for Windows , Linux and Mac OS X



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SOFA : Open source , user friendly statistical software designed for statistics , data analysis , and reporting . It became very popular , as its easy to install , on different platforms ” Windows , Linux and Mac OS X ” , has very simple to advanced tutorials and easy to read and learn user guide .

Importing and Compatibility :
One of the most useful feature i count ” as a developer ” its database friendly , as it can import data from many database engines such as ” MySQL , MS Access , SQLite , PostgreSQL , MS SQL server ” as it plans to go for oracle as well . Importing as not just from database engines but it also can import from Office documents either , MS Excel or OpenOffice Calc .

Output : SOFA : can do outputs in simple HTML file so it can be used for internet or website or even in spreadsheet file , it produces colorful outputs of many types of graphs such as bar charts , pie charts , line charts single or multi-pule ”

Available Tests :

  • Row and column percentages, with the ability to nest variables e.g look at Ethnicity and Gender vs Age
  • Mean
  • Median
  • Standard Deviation
  • Sum
  • N items
  • Min
  • Max
  • Range
  • Pearson’s Chi-Square with Contingency Tables
  • Independent samples t-test
  • Paired samples t-test
  • One-way ANOVA
  • Mann Whitney U
  • Wilcoxon Signed Ranks
  • Kruskal Wallis H
  • Pearson’s Correlation
  • Spearman’s Correlation

Developer`s note : Sofa is built up with Python and requires several other libraries to work :

  • numpy – this provides numerical processing
  • pysqlite – this lets SOFA connect to SQLite databases
  • pywin32 – this lets SOFA connect to MS Access and Excel
  • wxPython – this provides the interface for SOFA
  • comtypes – needed for internal web display
  • MySQL-python – lets python connect to MySQL databases

License : Affero GNU Public License .

Download : Linux : Debian / Ubuntu package is listed , and for non debian based distros the linux package is available in *.tar.gz package . Windows and Mac OS X , binaries are also available in the download section . Links :


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