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Statistical Analysis Software, recently acquired by IBM. SPSS stands for Statistical Package for the Social Sciences. This is a Java application used in most any research field, particularly social science, and is one of the most used research programs. It's over 20 years old, originally ran on mainframe, this has ran on the Mac since the 80's.

Version 20
Developer IBM
Website http://www.spss.com
Status Some problems

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Requires "root" to access version 20 student release. The Terminal command "sudo /Applications/IBM/SPSS/Statistics/20/SPSSStatistics.app/Contents/MacOS/stats" reportedly worked on Apple Support Communities https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3823738?tstart=0
This is a security risk that needs to be notified to IBM, that is unnecessary.

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[ Jean-Luc]Jean-LucAnonymous 24 Jul 2012 11:32

I can say that I have been running SPSS 20 on my 2 Lion machines and have no problems with it. I am running the Mountain Lion GM and SPSS 20 seems to run ok on it so I have the feeling that it should be fine in the retail version.

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[ Alyson]AlysonAnonymous 25 Jul 2012 15:36

I am also running v.20 with iOS 10.7.4 and I haven't had any problems on either my iMac or MacBook

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[ student_madrid]student_madridAnonymous 26 Jul 2012 05:05

Anyone else running SPSS with OsX Mountain Lion? Any problem? Please!

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[ Daniel]DanielAnonymous 26 Jul 2012 09:22

After the update to Mountain Lion left to run SPSS, but the SPSS-license was declared invalid. > SPSS reinstalled, now it runs on Mountain Lion without problems, as it seems

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[ student_madrid]student_madridAnonymous 26 Jul 2012 09:50

Which SPSS version are you using?

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[ Daniel]DanielAnonymous 26 Jul 2012 16:46

Sorry, SPSS 20

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[ student_madrid]student_madridAnonymous 26 Jul 2012 20:44

Thanks, Daniel!!!

I´ll try as soon as I get my code to upgrade to mountain lion.

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[ AB]ABAnonymous 26 Jul 2012 21:07

I tried uninstalling and reinstalling SPSS 20, in Mountain Lion, but it just stalls on the first load screen. In addition, it would not accept my license key. Anyone know how to restore one of the two license keys?

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[ SPSS 20.0 User]SPSS 20.0 UserAnonymous 28 Jul 2012 15:23

SPSS 20.0 not working with OS X Mountain Lion

No SPSS 20.0 compatibility update for OS X Mountain Lion on IBM website.

For IBM assistance for students, you have to first register at IBM website, then you need to complete online form for IBM Service Request (which requires an IBM Customer Number that only your university would have or you may call 1-877-426-6006 to ask if they know your organizations' IBM Customer which is a code of some sort not a telephone number and this dept is only open Mon-Fri 9-6pm EST), then you have to wait to be contacted. You cannot get technical support by phone for SPSS 20.0.

AppleCare has no information about this problem.

Now I'm going to indulge in an frozen mocha.

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[ student_madrid]student_madridAnonymous 29 Jul 2012 07:35

IBM SPSS 20 working with Safari Mountain Lion properly!!!

Uninstall, reinstall, register and thtat's all.

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[ Allen]AllenAnonymous 07 Aug 2012 02:43

I have SPSS v20 and had the same problem as others when I upgraded to mountain lion. After reading what others did, I went to the SPSS license wizard located in the IBM folder in Applications. Sure enough my license was missing so I reentered. Now I am back up and running.

no need to uninstall and reinstall the application. Just add your license key again.

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[ Marieke]MariekeAnonymous 17 Aug 2012 08:07

I have spss v19 and had to reenter my license again after installing mountain lion, it is working again :-)

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[ fsax2000]fsax2000Anonymous 06 Sep 2012 08:55

I upgraded from snow leopard to mountain lion and PASW 18.0.3 does not work. Seams to give the same reported error as SPSS 20 (error n. 7001 - license).

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[ triplej012]triplej012Anonymous 14 Oct 2012 19:56

I am using SPSS 19. When I upgraded from Snow Leopard to Lion, I had to re-enter my license number, and it started working fine. I just upgraded from Lion to Mountain Lion. It did not ask for me to re-enter the license number. It is still working fine.

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Lion (10.7) Comments

[ Justin]JustinAnonymous 11 Jul 2011 22:31

Anyone have experience running SPSS/PASW v. 18 with Lion? Thanks!

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[ Megan]MeganAnonymous 13 Jul 2011 01:16

I am also wondering the same thing! Nervous because SPSS didn't work when I upgraded to Snow Leopard. I assume that was a 32/64 bit issue, but I want to be sure.

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[ J]JAnonymous 20 Jul 2011 15:14

Same- bumping. I'm writing my thesis right now so don't want to risk anything with my data set!

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MCMCAnonymous 20 Jul 2011 16:28

I called over to SPSS/IBM and no one could answer the question. It's amazing. For a large company who sells a very high-priced software suite, you'd think they'd know if their software ran on the current OS.

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[ Kirk]KirkAnonymous 20 Jul 2011 19:07

Anyone using SPSS 19 with Lion?

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[ Arnaud]ArnaudAnonymous 20 Jul 2011 19:29

So i've made the update… and SPSS is working !!! You just have to install Java and it's ok :) (don't worry, the system will ask u to update Java)

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[ Andy]AndyAnonymous 20 Jul 2011 19:58

Sorry I don't have anything to add, but that IBM support of SPSS (PASW) is the worst I've ever experienced. My guess is v. 18 won't work on Lion b/c of past experiences with the 10.6 upgrade.

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[ Arnaud]ArnaudAnonymous 20 Jul 2011 20:05

Just to be precise… i've got Spss 19 ! I don't know if it's working with Spss/PASW 18…

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MCMCAnonymous 20 Jul 2011 20:48

IBMSPSS responded to a Tweet of mine and said that SPSS/PASW 18 will NOT work. I haven't tried it yet, though.

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[ 17.0.3]17.0.3Anonymous 21 Jul 2011 02:51

'SPSS/PASW 17.0.3 already installed on Snow Leopard starts up and opens data files on Lion. Won't have time to to test comprehensively tonight.

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[ CT]CTAnonymous 21 Jul 2011 07:29

Any fearless testers on PASW/SPSS 18 yet?

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[ Naval]NavalAnonymous 21 Jul 2011 09:17

SPSS/PASW 18 does not work in Lion. Same thing than when upgrading to Snow Leopard. Probably, a patch would make it function (a Java incompatibility), but do not expect it as PASW 19 is out and working in Lion $-(.

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[ Mike]MikeAnonymous 21 Jul 2011 15:00

I just installed Lion and PASW 18 worked. I was able to open a syntax file and a data set, and I ran one ANOVA successfully. That's all I had time to do in terms of testing so far.

No special procedures other than when Lion starts the first time, clicking 'yes' to the dialog box about updating Java.

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[ Naval]NavalAnonymous 21 Jul 2011 16:04

I correct myself. PASW 18 works if Lion is installed over the previous Snow Leopard version. I was able to load a data file and import a Stata file.

Does not work if installing Lion in another disk (for testing purposes), as it does not launch. If copied to the Applications folder of the Lion installation in the other disk PASW 18 will ask for a new license code.

Java is not installed in Lion by default, as Java for Mac OS X is no longer supported by Apple. From now on, Oracle will be the one to provide Java updates for Lion.

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[ Kirk]KirkAnonymous 21 Jul 2011 16:12

Follow-up: SPSS 19 is working fine for me with Lion

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[ CT]CTAnonymous 21 Jul 2011 17:37

Thanks Mike and Naval for testing it out!

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[ Mike]MikeAnonymous 21 Jul 2011 17:54

FWIW, mine was done as an upgrade to Lion on an external firewire drive which was a bootable clone of my internal HD that was running OS 10.6.8 and had PASW 18 installed.

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[ Tiago]TiagoAnonymous 22 Jul 2011 03:34

PASW/SPSS seems to run acceptably in Lion (with minor issues: sometimes crashes when quitting). That is something to do with Java and not the OS, I think.
For older versions like SPSS 16 there is a guide to install java 1.5 on Lion: http://www.s-seven.net/java_15_lion

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[ Megan]MeganAnonymous 22 Jul 2011 14:43

Thanks, everyone!

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[ Wayne]WayneAnonymous 05 Aug 2011 21:56

For the people who have SPSS 19 working fine on Lion. Were those upgrades from Snow Leopard, or fresh installs of Lion?

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[ marmitezombie]marmitezombieAnonymous 08 Aug 2011 09:33

Installed SPSS 18 on clean install of Lion, seems to be running normally. Opens, saves and runs anova tests.

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[ Bastian]BastianAnonymous 10 Aug 2011 11:48

I just tested pasw 18 on lion and it works. I mean it still can't plot graphics (like on on snow leopard; kind of java issue) but it works.

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[ Xebec]XebecAnonymous 24 Aug 2011 13:55

Second that. PASW 18.0 is working on Lion, but it won't plot graphic for the same Java issue that dogged Snow Leopard. The same fix no longer works; in fact, PASW broke and I had to reinstall Java to fix it. So I can get analyses but not scatterplots.

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[ bork]borkAnonymous 13 Sep 2011 00:52

stop torturing yourselves and get stata. IBM's sales and support for SPSS are both laughably bad. SPSS is a sinking ship.

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[ George]GeorgeAnonymous 06 Dec 2011 10:51

Using SPSS on MAC OS Lion and have continual problems with it crashing when I create charts. Basically it's unusable and nobody at IBM seems to be able to assist.

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[ Brian]BrianAnonymous 28 Dec 2011 20:37

Comparing Stata to SPSS is quite funny, unless you are only playing with data. You should all have SPSS v20 by now. I would highly recommend that you stay current with this software, if you need SPSS and want to run Lion.

SPSS are laughably ignorant of the Mac. This has always been true. Something about a lot of data people is they seem to deprecate the Mac (which is odd when you consider it's the source of all of what is good about their beloved Windoze, and in the case of SPSS, that the Mac ran full, mainframe SPSS back when the PC could only dream about it (due to the DOS 640k limitation, SPSS had to produce the supremely lame 'SPSS-PC' and SPSS-PC+ in order to approximate the language within Billy's 640k (who said "no one could ever need more"—what a 'visionary').

But, at least SPSS allowed a free upgrade from lame, DOS/Windows 'PC+' to real mainframe SPSS on the Mac for FREE, back in the old days. Mac has been 32 bit (early on with 24 bit addressing, still plenty for 'real' (SPSS-x level) mainframe SPSS) since 1984.

Now, there is no difference between the two, as it is java code, it's substandard on any platform. But it still makes Stata look like a tinker-toy.

I don't recommend using SPSS for charting really. It can do it, but it is at times flakey (even on the PC) and you are probably better off using something else for charts and just outputting the data from SPSS.

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[ Carlos D. Castillo Hernández]Carlos D. Castillo HernándezAnonymous 05 Jan 2012 11:35

Yes! I can confirm that SPSS 16 is Working properly on Lion, both when installing from scratch and when upgrading from SL with SPSS installed. Only have to follow the instructions on Seven.net to install Java Runtime 1.5 in Lion, and then, put the 1.5 version ABOVE the 1.6 version on the Java preferences panel

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