Installing Statistical Software - Basic Information

Install a Statistical Application

All these products have their own solutions to help you install them. Before doing so, however, you might want to review some of the terminology in this section.

  • SPSS
  • SAS
  • Stata
  • S-PLUS
  • SYSTAT
  • Other SPSS Inc. Products (Amos, AnswerTree, Data Entry, SamplePower)

Many products (SPSS, S-PLUS, Stata) require your machine to be connected to the internet in order to complete the installation process. Their software licensing requires that your machine be able to access the vendor's specialized license server then will enable your machine to run the product. A mere license or authorization code may not be sufficient. In some cases, you will be able to install the product 'off-line', but you will need to be connected to the internet when you first launch the product in order to complete the license authorization.

Several applications will require that Internet Explorer be the default browser on your machine. They use Internet Explorer as the means of running their Help interface. If you use another browser as your default, you may need to make Internet Explorer your default browser when you want to invoke Help. Afterwards, you can return to your original default browser.

SPSS, Stata and S-PLUS will require you to enter sets of numbers (or alphanumeric characters). Others, like SAS or SYSTAT, will require that a license file be copied to your machine.

Some useful terminology:

  • Serial Number: This is usually the first number to be entered. It indicates the source of the media (you purchased the product through ACCC at UIC). This is the first check performed by the installation process to make certain that you have a legal version of the software. The serial number usually appears on the CD (or in the paper documentation that we give to you when you purchase the product).
  • License Code: This is usually a much longer series of numerals or alphanumeric characters. You are prompted to enter the license code during the installation process. It allows the software to be installed, determines what options are installed, and determines the expiration date of the software.
  • Authorization Code: This is the final series of numerals or alphanumerics that you enter. The authorization code is what activates the software (allows it to run). It is possible to install the software (via the license code) but not be able to run it (a valid authorization code was not provided). Entering the authorization code is also the step at which your machine makes contact with the software vendor's licensing server over the internet. The licensing server keeps track of the number of machines using the serial number & license code, making certain that UIC is not violating the terms of its agreement with the software vendor.
  • S-PLUS 7.0 uses a serial number and LAC (a combined license and authorization code).
  • SPSS and AMOS use authorization codes. Other SPSS products use license codes.
  • SAS has a more complicated installation, and requires a setinit or SID file. You obtain this setinit/SID file from us (ACCC at UIC).
  • SYSTAT has a simpler installation. It requires only a serial number and a license code.
  • SAS, SPSS, SPSS products, and S-PLUS run on annual licenses. You will need to obtain new licenses each year to keep them running. You obtain these license codes (or SAS's setinit file) from ACCC. When you purchase Stata, you can choose between an annual (less expensive) or perpetual (more expensive) license code. If you are a student using SPSS for Macintosh, we may require documentation that you are still a graduate student at UIC, using SPSS to perform UIC-sponsored research for license renewal.

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October 05, 2012

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