East Carolina University
Department of Psychology
Students and Faculty can get SAS free of charge through a grant from SAS. According to our contract, SAS requires that each individual who installs SAS on his or her machine fill out a consent form and a short questionnaire about usage The grant we have gives them the right to use SAS as long as they are associated with the university (during the grant period, of course). The software can also be renewed (but not downloaded) without ever setting foot in the Walk-in IT Help Desk, in Austin 103. In April of 2012 I installed SAS 9.3 on my 64 bit PC. As luck would have it, there were compatibility issues between 64 bit SAS and the 32 bit version of Office that ECU sold me. Even if you have a 64 bit processor and operating system, you may need to install 32 bit SAS to avoid such problems.
See my notes on getting authorized to check-out the installation DVDs.
The installation directions in the installation pdf from the download server are good, but you might want to read the notes I took during my installation.
Windows. I run SAS 9.3 on Windows 7 Home Premium with no problems. SAS says that 9.3 supports Windows Home Premium only if you have the "SAS Education Analytical Suite," which I am guessing is what ECU provides us. Learn more about versions of Windows 7.
Mac. If you have a Mac you will either need to connect remotely to a PC in our Virtual Computing Lab or use software that allows your Mac to emulate a PC.
Faculty and students can download the software from ECU at no cost -- see these instructions. When IBM purchased SPSS, they tightened up the license, and students were no longer able to download the software, but as of Autumn of 2013 that has changed and students can download the software. Other options for student access to SPSS off campus include: 1.) Use our Virtual Computing Lab. 2.) Purchase the SPSS GradPack at about $57 for six months (as of December, 2013). It appears that the version of SPSS we have at ECU will not run on Windows 8. SPSS rents a student version that will run on Windows 8, but not on home editions. Their specs indicate it will not run on home editions of Windows 7 either, which is likely to make it useless for most students.
Can also be downloaded. I do not know if students can download it from ECU, but they can buy a one-year license from SPSS for about $55 -- but home editions of Windows are not support and there is no Mac version.
JMP is a SAS product, and while not as full-featured as SAS and SPSS (imho), it does have a reputation of being easy to use and we have a good license for it. To download it go to our download site and fill out the online software request form. I downloaded version 9 onto my desktop computers (2 GB RAM recommended for 32 bit systems, 4 GB for 64 bit systems) but version 8 onto my old laptop (1 GB recommended). JMP is available for Windows 7 (including Home Premium) and 8, and for the Mac. See the system requirements here. Also check out my notes on the download and installation.
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This page most recently revised on the 16th of February, 2014.