Great academic site having wide coverage of statistical methods available in SPSS: theory, guides and interpretation. For francophone students. At Université de Sherbrooke, Canada site. Thanks to Eric Yergeau!

New Python script: Extract volume units from string
June 18, 2016

With regexps

New link: Joe's blog on Automation
June 14, 2016

Joe Glines ( has something to share on SPSS and general automation stuff!

New Syntax Calculate utility of EuroQol 5D questionnaire
June 8, 2016

by Antonio J Garcia Ruiz

Macro update: Kirill’s SPSS macros page
Dec. 26, 2015

"Functions for MATRIX — END MATRIX" collection at Kirill's SPSS macros page has been updated.

New link: Statistik Glossar – Alles rund um SPSS @ Novustat (German)
Nov. 15, 2015

In unserem Glossar finden Statistik-Studenten und Interessierte zahlreiche Anleitungen, Tipps und Wissenswertes aus der Welt der Statistik.

New tutorial: SPSS tutorials from Ruben Geert van den Berg
Oct. 15, 2015

Check out SPSS Tutorials site, if you didn't it yet. You'll probably like it.

New Python script: Process Multiple Files In a Folder
Sept. 20, 2015

This example is to demonstrate how to read files in a folder one by one using Python script, and do something with them in SPSS.

New SPSS Note: What to check running older Basic scripts on modern SPSS versions
Sept. 19, 2015

This is summary on the important compatibility note in official SPSS help.

New link: AppOnFly
Sept. 16, 2015

A startup from Czech Republic offering cloud hosted access to various applications, including SPSS Statistics. You may get a free 30-day access there to try on.

Syntax update: Syntax For Item Analysis V6
Sept. 1, 2015

The misprint affecting the correctness of selecting key case for marking was corrected. The detailed description is inside the syntax.

Macro update: Clustering @ Kirill’s SPSS macros page
Aug. 8, 2015

New enhanced version of hierarchical cluster analysis macro appeared on Kirill's macro page (see "Clustering" there). The macro is more flexible than standard SPSS procedure Cluster.

New Python script: Replace 'Page Title' in Output left pane
July 12, 2015

Replacement with Title content to enhance navigation. New script at Python section by Albert-Jan Roskam.

New link: savReaderWriter
July 12, 2015

Albert-Jan Roskam's development for reading and writing SPSS files via Python. It is a cross-platform Python interface to the IBM SPSS Statistics Input Output Module. Read or Write SPSS system files (.sav, .zsav). New link at Python section.

New Python script: Pass an Argument to Python with DATAFILE ATTRIBUTE
July 12, 2015

Another way to pass parameters to Python. New Python script by Albert-Jan Roskam.

Macro update: Kirill’s SPSS macros page
April 8, 2015

"Functions for MATRIX — END MATRIX" collection at Kirill's SPSS macros page has been updated.

New page: Kirill’s SPSS macros page
March 21, 2015

Kirill’s SPSS macros, a collection of macros written by Kirill Orlov and appeared in 2005 on his page at, has moved to our site and will reside here from now on. It will occupy a separate corner in the rubric of Macros. SPSS Statistics development being done by that author – who adheres to traditional syntax, despite the availability of “programmability” – has been characterized by some other users on SPSSX List as impressive. Kirill uses much of MATRIX facility and has written many cool functions (recommendable!).

New R script: Pull data from SPSS dataset, process in R and push results back as a Pivot Table
March 20, 2015

Steve Sizmur PhD, Chief Statistician at Picker Institute Europe suggested this code. Thank you, Steve! It illustrates how to read data for a set of variables (var1 to var4), get the variable information from SPSS and then process them — in this case to create a correlation matrix.

New link: Statistik und SPSS-Tutorial
March 20, 2015

This community operates since 2006. It contains several tutorials on SPSS and active forum (in German). From English description of the site: "Statistik-Tutorial wants to offer guidance on statistical problems and the use of software packages such as SPSS, helping to solve typical problems as they arise in everyday life during processing a concrete setting of tasks."

New link: John F. Hall. Journeys in Survey Research
Feb. 4, 2015

John's site was first published in October 2009. It unifies almost 50 years of author's experience in the field of survey research and analysis of survey data and more than 40 years of using SPSS. Survey Analysis Workshop, Survey Research Practice and Subjective Social Indicators are the main sections of his site.

New link: SPSS Community @ IBM developerWorks
Feb. 3, 2015

Link to IBM's SPSS Community is at Communities section of the Links page. Downloads (including programmability plugins and extension commands), technical papers and active forums, separated by major topics/products. Suggested by Jon Peck, Senior Software Engineer, IBM.

New link: Andrew Wheeler's Blog
Jan. 31, 2015

Added the link to Andrew Wheeler's Blog at Links page. Check it out to see posts on SPSS charts, syntax and macros, Python, R, etc.

Raynald's SPSS Tools v2.0
Jan. 9, 2015


About a year ago the author of "Raynald's SPSS Tools", Raynald Levesque, let me know that he decided to reduce the amount of SPSS programming services to have more time for his family (including 5 grandchildren!) on retirement. He was looking for a volunteer who will take over site. In 2005-06 I created Russian version of ( by translating almost all pages and code comments of the original web-site. That was a great possibility to learn a lot about SPSS. I suggested myself to be Ray's successor.

In September 2014 we had finished domain transfer. Thank you very much, Raynald!

Now I am responsible for site content and operation. As Raynald, I am not IBM's employee (currently IBM is the vendor of SPSS product). Starting from 2009 I am with Predictive Solutions company (based in Moscow, Russia), dealing with statistical consulting and data mining, developing SPSS-based solutions, as well as with SPSS training and licensing SPSS products.

There are a lot of plans on developing Hopefully the will be some time to implement, at least 5-10 percent of them :) Say, Python page of the collection could be extented greatly to mirror the current role of Python in SPSS programming. The integration of SPSS with R is another topic which might be interesting to spsstools users.

I wish to thank also current and (I hope!) future contributors to the code collection. Any suggestions and remarks on site content are welcomed.

I chose to start my work on with clearly minor issue of updating site look, and spent on it some of my New Year holidays ;-) As a by-product of studying Developing Data Products course at Coursera, I've got to know Bootstrap framework (not to be mixed with bootstrap estimation in statistics :-) and fashioned web-page in that style. To make site self-sufficient in terms of overheads I introduced ad banners, separated from the content. Hope you'll like the new look of If not, here is the web page you used to: It remains fully functional. You'll find there Ray's contacts in case you want e-mail to the founder of SPSS Tools project.

Anton Balabanov