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VA Technical Reference Model v 21.6

Statistical Product and Service Solutions (SPSS) Statistics
Statistical Product and Service Solutions (SPSS) Statistics Technology

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Description: SPSS Statistics is a comprehensive system for analyzing data. This technology can take data from various types of files and use them to generate tabulated reports, charts and plots of distributions and trends, descriptive statistics, and complex statistical analyses. This technology addresses the entire statistical analysis process, including planning, data collection, analysis, and reporting.

SPSS Statistics is available in a base version and three editions: Standard, Professional, and Premium. SPSS Statistics Base provides a range of statistical procedures suitable for many problems, including crosstabs, linear regression, Monte Carlo simulation, geospatial analytics, and the ability to extend built-in capabilities with Python, R, or Java code. SPSS Statistics Standard includes techniques such as logistic and non-linear regression and presentation quality custom tables to help business managers and analysts. SPSS Statistics Professional addresses non-standard analyses and issues such as data quality and automation with features such as automatic data preparation, decision trees and forecasting. SPSS Statistics Premium supports enterprise businesses needing advanced techniques such as structural equation modeling (SEM), sampling assessment and testing, and small sample and rare occurrence analysis. This assessment is for all editions of SPSS Statistics as all have the same base capabilities.

SPSS Statistics can read and write to external relational database tables via Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) and Structured Query Language (SQL). This technology supports various databases including: DB2, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL database, and Oracle database. Also, information stored in a data file can be encrypted with a password. Once encrypted, the file can only be opened by providing the password.
Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
Section 508 Information: This technology has not been assessed by the Section 508 Office. The Implementer of this technology has the responsibility to ensure the version deployed is 508-compliant. Section 508 compliance may be reviewed by the Section 508 Office and appropriate remedial action required if necessary. For additional information or assistance regarding Section 508, please contact the Section 508 Office at Section508@va.gov.
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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v20.11
Decision Date: 11/04/2020
Aliases: Statistical Package for the Social Sciences; SPSS; IBM SPSS Statistics
Introduced By: TRM Request
Vendor Name: International Business Machines (IBM)
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (11/04/2020).