Macintosh statistical software

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

Updated January 2021 (GraphClick added, PublishPlot removed), but really, does it matter?

As Larry MacPhee pointed out, you can find some older Mac software at the Macintosh Garden and at the Macintosh Repository. You can run some older systems in virtual environments.

Aabel

Configurations: OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan, or macOS Sierra
Current version: 5.2
Cost: $1350 (EDU prices ~$400 cheaper)
Provisionally pronounced “dead” by MacStats on March 11, 2020. Software and Aabel web site updated November 2016.
Publisher/site: Gigawiz

About version 3.x: The learning curve is steep; operations are conducted in pipelines, making basic menus sparse, with modal dialogue boxes in which the work is done. There is no programming language. It loads Excel files, preserving variable names.

On Macintouch.com, Robin Lake noted its ability to handle a large number of variables and its strong regression tools. Arthur Busbey wrote “this is the envy of more than one Windows person I have showed it to. It has some great niche graphics for the earth sciences that you can't easily get anywhere else. If you have a lot of data to plot, or repeated graphs of the same kind to draw, it's not very flexible. e.g. if you want to plot graphs with a large number of lines (something I do often) I have to go through and set colour of each line individually.”

Dr. Jake Bundy wrote, “Surprisingly useful for multivariate analysis, but with some severe annoyances, e.g. writes all the data to new worksheets, meaning they are no longer connected. The best feature is the popup window next to the graph sheet listing the variables in the worksheet. If you are interested in hunting for correlations (say), it makes it easy to set var1 as your X, and then use the arrow key to flick rapidly between var2 -> var3 ... -> varN, and watch the plots change.”

Aabel includes map trend analysis, cartographic projection, user-defined multipliers for scientific notations, and statistics plugins modules through a plugin SDK. Version 3 added K-means clustering, the Shapiro-Wilk test for normality, extended ANOVA, extended multiple comparisons, Fisher's z transformation, and much more.

Aabel 3.04 was set up mainly to increase Snow Leopard compatibility and add bug fixes; in addition, users can now declare whether empty cells should be undefined or set to zero in hierarchical and K-means cluster analyses. 3.06 was the final PowerPC-compatible version.

ChartSmith

Configurations: Universal (current version: 10.4 or higher)
Current Version: 1.6
Price: $129
Sent to dead zone: 3/11/2020 (web site dead)

Designed for OS X, ChartSmith is not burdened with cross-platform baggage and uncertainty á la DeltaGraph, but does much of the same work — making charts and graphs for publication, with analytical features. It allows Excel importing and PowerPoint and Charts exporting. Graphics are snazzy, with AppleScript controls. We wanted to like it, we really did, but we found the interface awkward and unnecessarily driven by OS X ideals. Keynote users may find the integration features handy; you can import data from Excel.

The program has multiple axis types, trend lines, error bars, templates, support for Retina displays, and compatibility with Gatekeeper, and some bug fixes for AppleScript.

Citrin

Citrin does (or, rather, did) interactive scientific graphing and curve fitting, including scatter and line series, bar, column, area, 3-D, ternary scatter, pie, polar, box and whisker, histograms, probability charts, and such; and curve fitting with built-in functions or user input.

The program had Unicode support and diverse graphic export formats, and could import and store large data sets in various formats. It claimed to be the first relatively low-cost commercial program to allow data brushing.

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.

The program was either developed by or acquired by Gigawiz, which still maintains and sells Aabel for the Mac.

dr-ROC

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.

EQS

Configurations Available: PowerPC for Mac OS 8 (discontinued); UNIX (runs on Macs in Terminal mode, command line only); no Mac support now.
Current Version: 6.3
Listing updated: 11/2017

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.

Fathom

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

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

GraphClick

Current version: 3.0
$8
with free trial.
Listing update: 12/2010

Similar to DataThief but runs under OS X; GraphClick can retrieve the original data from a scanned graph or chart. It includes automatic curve, symbol, and bar-chart detection, can handle deformed images, and supports multiple data sets in one graph. GraphClick is surprisingly flexible, handling error bars, QuickTime movies (frame by frame), deformed axis systems, and numerous other quirks and specialties. Version 3 brought map projections, data sets that can be copied as columns, keeping coordinates of data points during copy/paste, and bug fixes. As of 1/2021, the web site had disappeared.

GraphPad StatMate

Current version: 2.0
Compatibility: OS 8.6-9.2; OSX 10.1 to 10.6; Windows
Price:$95
Software last updated: Prior to 10/2012
Listing updated: 11/2020

GraphPad Software, Inc. [(800) 388-4723, +1-858-457-3909; fax: +1-858-457-8141] sells several packages. StatMate (2.0, OS8/X, PPC, $95) provides estimates of needed sample sizes: “quickly calculate the power of an experiment to detect various hypothetical differences. Its wizard-based format leads you through the necessary steps to determine the tradeoffs in terms of risks and costs.”

we tried this softwareGraphPad InStat

Current version: 3.1
Compatibility: Up to OS X 10.6
Price: $150 (commercial price)
Software updated: Prior to 8/2012
Listing updated: 12/2020

GraphPad Software, Inc. [(800) 388-4723, +1-858-457-3909; fax: +1-858-457-8141] sells several packages.

InStat 3 (OS8/X, PPC, $150) is an low-cost, easy-to use biostatistics software package. GraphPad wrote that the program was designed to guide users who are not necessarily full-time, dedicated statisticians through the process of gathering and analyzing data, at a reasonable cost. InStat also provides a unique analysis checklist to ensure that “your data have not violated any assumptions of the test, and that you have picked a test that matches your experimental design and really answers the question you had in mind.”

A quick look through a demonstration copy showed us that InStat is helpful for beginners, providing a guide that goes step by step as you use actual data. The program itself seems fairly easy to use, and is designed in wizard fashion, better thought out than most. It is fast and responsive, and provides easy access to common needs — providing comparisons of means (through numerous methods), regression and correlation (linear and nonparametric, but not stepwise as far as I can tell so far), and analyzing contingency tables through Chi-square, Fisher's, and other tests. Data can be entered as ra data, averaged, x and y, two rows and two columns, or larger contingency tables. As you specify your goal (compare means/medians, regression/correlation, analyze contingency table), the program provides an example or two of the possible purpose of the analysis. This is a surprisingly good program for both inexperienced people and those who know a lot of statistics but don't use their knowledge often enough to jump into a more complex and costly program.

With version 3.1, InStat can handle 10,000 cases and 52 variables; the Help system has been better integrated into Windows and the Mac; long calculations get a progress window, and you can cancel them.

The program does not appear to have been updated since 2008 and runs in Rosetta, which has been problematic for other software.

MacAnova

Configurations Available: Intel processors (10.6+)
Current Version: 5.06.5
Unsigned and not 64-bit
Listing updated: August 2020 (software last updated June 2012)

MacAnova is a free, noncommercial, interactive statistical analysis program developed by Gary Oehlert and Christopher Bingham of the University of Minnesota School of Statistics. It is still available, but no longer maintained. Their web site notes:

MacAnova has many capabilities but its strengths are analysis of variance and related models, matrix algebra, time series analysis (time and frequency domain), and (to a lesser extent) uni- and multi-variate exploratory statistics. MacAnova has a functional/command oriented interface. The Macintosh and Windows versions also have several window/menu/mouse type features. Although the language and syntax are S-like, MacAnova is not S or R.

MacAnova is Intel native, and there is source code available. The program started up very quickly on a Intel Mini and had a fairly good menu system, which output visible code that we could copy and manipulate, or save and run later. It is almost similar to SPSS 4 in that regard, though better integrated into the system and lacking a separate output window. MacANOVA includes linear model and GLM routines.

Source code is still available.

Mediata Survey

Configurations Available: Mac, Windows
Final Known Version: 3.02
Price: $99
Listing updated 2-18-2020

Surveys were created from a desktop program, in php and MySQL (or PostgreSQL). Free trial allows up to ten submissions. Supports multiple page surveys (you control the number of items per page) as well as matrix questions. Allows multiple surveys for multiple domains; you can set different rules, conditions, and options based on answers. There is an invitation manager as well. The program uses html templates which can be modified. Analysis includes graphics. Exports to CVS, text, and html.

A brief test shows that usage is fairly clunky, with questions requiring lengthy wizards that demand clicks to add each answer option, a system that can get tedious very quickly; admittedly freeform-style entry is rare for survey software, but a keyboard command for "add option" and other frequent actions would save considerable time. When the survey is previewed, the html source appears moderately wasteful, with a separate span for questions and question text; but we've seen worse. We were unable to create a survey script on the Mac without an SQL database, suggesting that you’re meant to create the survey on the server itself rather than creating on a desktop and then uploading, which is unrealistic for most people; but there are probably workarounds for that. (thanks to Nadine Macolini for finding this one)

MX

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.)

PlainStat

Current Version: beta
Configurations Available: OS X, PPC or Intel
Listing updated: 7-10-2019

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.... and was blank in 2017...possibly delivering malware in 2019.

PublishPlot

Price: $10
Software updated: January 2021.
Prior update (version 1): 2014
Report updated: January 2021 (it’s alive again)

PublishPlot is back! Now in version 2! It is now a universal binary and available in the Mac App Store! (January 2021)

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.

TSP

Configurations Available: 68040, with or without FPU; PowerPC native; OS X 32-bit Intel
Current Version: 5.1
Price: up to 2250, many options
Student Pricing: Limited-functionality version

An econometrics statistical software package, it apparently never made it to OS X. In 2012, they noted that TSP was updated to a “native Intel 32-bit MP Terminal version” for use on 10.6. The site disappeared sometime before our December 2017 check.

MacRATS

Configurations OS X 10.6 or later; Terminal
Current Version: 9.1
Price: education and student pricing available
Standard Price: 500, Pro $650

MacRATS (Regression Analysis of Time Series) was distributed by Estima. There was no full OS X version, but the OS 9 version was confirmed to run under Classic mode by Estima.

SSP (Smith’s Statistical Package)

Configurations: Mac and Windows
Listing updated: 7/2019; software updated 2006 or 2011

Gary Smith’s Smith’s Statistical Package (SSP) was free and user-friendly; sadly, it seems to have ended development years ago, and the web site is no longer up. It’s too old to have been signed by Apple, so to install it, you need to right-click (or control-click) the program icon and say Open, then fill out the scary dialogue box. We ran descriptives on our big test file instantly, including a histogram; but we could not copy the text anywhere else. Indeed, all the tests we ran were literally instant, but you have to copy down the numbers yourself — no outputs are copyable. The software is usable and fast, but you can probably do better; the number of tests are fairly restricted and sometimes the easy user interface gets in the way. It should be good for exploration and student use.

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

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 Free data visualization program for multivariate data by Carl Manaster.
FloStat Provided basic analysis; it is still published by Senecio Software (as of April 2010).
GLMstat

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

LISREL ("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.
MacCATI MacCati was designed for web- and self-administered surveys, and ran in Java.
MacCurveFit 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 First 3D data visualization program for the Macintosh (and perhaps any personal computer).
MathCAD General purpose math program
Minitab

Statistics package used mostly in education.

SAS The last port worked in Classic. JMP is still available on Macs.
StatSoft Statistica 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 Shareware with descriptive stats, histograms, student’s t-test and linear regression, by Chris Pereira.
StatView
SuperANOVA
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 Bought by SPSS Inc, Mac version dropped, sold.
ViSta 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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