Macintosh statistical software

The Dead Zone: Mac statistics software that appears to have been abandoned

Updated January 2, 2017, but really, does it matter?


Citrin does interactive scientific graphing and curve fitting, providing charts, such as scatter and line series, bar, column, area, 3-D, ternary scatter, pie, polar, box and whisker, histograms, probability charts, etc.; curve fitting with built-in functions, as well as a module for user-defined, non-linear curve fitting with an interactive graphical interface; flexible capabilities for applying error bars; full Unicode support, diverse graphic export formats; and native worksheets that can import and store large data sets from diverse data formats. It allows Excel and other imports and PDF, Photoshop, and other exports. Citrin also provides real-time, two-way interaction between charts and their source worksheets, and claims to be the first relatively low-cost commercial program to allow data brushing to highlight data interrelationships.

Version 2.0, introduced in October 2009 (roughly two years after 1.1), added Snow Leopard compatibility, X-zooming, color themes, binary scatter charts, three new graph types for polar charts, basic heatmap diagrams, waterfall pseudo-surface charts, bubble charts with five variables, multiple types of spider charts, contour matrix graphs, ternary contour graphics, combined area-line charts, two-way box and whisker graphs, and support for dBase imports.


dr-ROC performs summary ROC meta-analysis (Littenberg-Moses method) and other calculations on diagnostic test clinical trial data. It includes a pre-formatted results table and a variety of graphs with easy to use check-box options to display or hide various elements. Forest and logit plots included, along with post-test probability calculations. Menu-driven interface for analysis options including weighted regression and continuity correction. (No longer) available from Diagnostic Research Design & Reporting.


Configurations Available: PowerPC for Mac OS 8 (discontinued); UNIX (runs on Macs in Terminal mode, command line only); no Mac support now.
Current Version: 6.2
Listing updated: 12/2016

EQS was developed by Peter Bentler but is now distributed by MVSoft. On OS X, the UNIX version might run under the command line. In Europe, EQS is distributed by ProGamma. The company suggests using Boot Camp, rather than virtualization, to run their Windows version — last updated in 2014 with version 6.2 (version 6.1 dated to 2006). We’re not sure when the last update was, but it was set up for Windows 8.


Configurations: PPC or Intel
Current Version: 2.13
Software updated: 2008 or so
Listing updated: 9/2016

Fathom Dynamic Statistics was a software package designed for teaching basic statistics and data visualization in secondary and undergraduate classes. It appears to have been dropped around 2014.

Forecaster online

Configurations: On-line
Listing updated: 12/2016

Forecaster Online was a Web-based data analysis tool specializing in business forecasting, with a relatively easy interface. Developer Prashant Telang wrote in 2010, “We have kept it free and it will be free for at least the next year.” The domain name is no longer valid


GB-Stat was a regression and time series analysis package. It was published by Dynamic Microsystems, Inc.


Mac OS X, Linux, many other versions
Current version: 1.55 (parity)

Last revised: April 19, 2004
Listing updated: December 2016

Mx was a very cross-platform package that even has an on-line and Unix server version; it is written by Michael Neal. While there is a graphic user interface for Windows, the writer recommends doing a server installation to allow for a graphic interface. (Thanks, Stephen J. Read) — consigned to the dead zone, though still available, in August 2010 due to six years without an update. (Updated July 2014, now ten years.)


Current Version: beta
Configurations Available: OS X, PPC or Intel
Listing updated: 11-13-08

It can do correlations, frequencies, descriptives, reliability, various t-tests, ANOVA, linear and canonical regression, factor analysis, K-means clustering, chi-squares, and various nonparametric tests. Plainstat is created and designed by Iyus A. Muslimin, statistician and Mac developer, who lived in Bandung, Indonesia.

Data is hard to type into the spreadsheet-style database at this point, but can easily be copied from spreadsheets such as Excel. Analysis is quick for small data sets and appears in an easy to read output bin in the main (and only) window; each analysis is added to a "table of contents" on the left side, along with the data. Output can be copied, but only without the column headings; it can also be exported to a tab-delimited plain text file for import into spreadsheets (or word processors, but since decimal points are fixed, that might not look very good). Data and value labels can be added via an inspector, a rare find in a free, simple program.

PlainStat might really be all you need — keeping in mind we have not yet verified its results by checking against a more established package. We're waiting with baited breath for the first release, which we hope will also have a facility for setting value and variable labels en masse.

The web site had been given up when we checked back in 2013.

StatisticS (data mining software)

Configurations: Windows; Linux; 68K, PPC, and Universal Binary (OS 7 still available!)
Pricing: 50 euros ($66 at time of writing)
Current Version: 4.3
Listing updated: 12/2009 (thanks, Bill Prinzmetal and Olivier Mericq)

StatisticS had a full graphical interface, does a decent variety of analyses (no regression but it has survival and various comparison tests), and the company infers it’s geared to doctors looking to publish their results. It will run under Rosetta but with the usual potential accuracy issues. Data can be shown in spreadsheet mode and can be imported from Excel; it is smart enough to ask whether the first line contains value labels and the second contains definitions. Charting is instant and rather good and it's easy to restrict analyses by condition; clicking on a bar or a point of a chart leads you to the data window, and clicking in this window leads you to the complete observation. Overall it’s a good buy - a bargain if you need what it can do - even if it requires some forethought to work with. As of 12/17/09, the company's web site had disappeared.

Xlisp-Statfree Mac statistics software

Configurations Available: 68000; 68020; 680x0 with FPU; PowerPC native; X11
Current Version: 3.52 ?
Price: Free
Software updated: 1998
Listing updated: 1/2017

XLisp-Stat is a statistics toolkit for researchers developed by Luke Tierney, University of Minnesota School of Statistics. The software home page was last updated in 1998 and the FTP link doesn't work.

Lisp-Stat is an extensible statistical computing environment for data analysis, statistical instruction and research, ... Extensibility is achieved by basing Lisp-Stat on the Lisp language.

MacOS Classic software

If you have any of this software already and want to run it, try using a Mac OS emulator such as SheepShaver (for OS 7-9), or vMac (for OS 6 or 7). Without an emulator, few of these programs can be run on a current Mac.

Package Compatiblity Notes (updated January 2017)
AppleTree 68020, PPC;
Free program for fitting multinomial binary tree models to frequency data; file-compatible with the DOS MBT program.
BuildSim 68K, PPC;
System design, simulation and analysis package by Tritera.
BMDP ? Purchased by SPSS; Mac version dropped; sold by SPSS.
Cricket Graph 68K; v. 1.32 and III

Cricket Graph 1.32 works in Classic. It is still one of the easiest graphing programs, and has fast regression curve fitting that makes polynomial designs easy. CricketGraph files can be read by DataGraph.

Data Loom PowerPC Free data visualization program for multivariate data by Carl Manaster.
FloStat 68K
Updated 2000
Provided basic analysis; it is still published by Senecio Software (as of April 2010).
GLMstat PowerPC
OS 9, X
Updated 2005

Shareware for generalized linear models with a graphic suer interface, spreadsheet-style data entry, many plots and diagrams, statistics, and saving of model specifications.

Updated 2006
("LInear Structural RELations"), developed by Karl Jöreskog and Dag Sörbom; the program for structural equation modeling for years. By 2008, all mentions of Mac versions were gone.

Updated 2000

MacCati was designed for web- and self-administered surveys, and ran in Java.
MacCurveFit 68K, PPC MacCurveFit fits a regression curve to user defined functions using least squares. Pricing in 2010 was the same as it was in 2003. It’s gone now.
MacSpin 68K First 3D data visualization program for the Macintosh (and perhaps any personal computer).
MathCAD “Classic” General purpose math program
Minitab 68K, PPC;
Updated 1997

Statistics package used mostly in education.

SAS PPC The last port worked in Classic. JMP is still available on Macs.
StatSoft Statistica 68K
Updated 1997
In May 2007, it was still listed for sale on their web site! Statistica once went head to head with SPSS. (In 2010 the Mac version was gone, along with price lists.)
STATsimple 68K Shareware with descriptive stats, histograms, student’s t-test and linear regression, by Chris Pereira.
68K, PPC Abacus Concepts made these wonderful, ubiquitous programs; SAS bought the company and dropped them. StatView and SuperANOVA were fast, capable, and easy to use, but did not have a syntax language.

Erin Vang wrote, “Global Pragmatica still has a functioning copy of StatView 5 for Windows and can provide StatView data conversion to .txt, .xls, .jmp, etc. at a basic hourly rate.”
Systat 68K Bought by SPSS Inc, Mac version dropped, sold.
ViSta 68K, PPC Free program by Forrest Young, Mac version abandoned around 1999. Windows version later picked up by co-author Pedro M. Valero-Mora.

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