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Analysis of Variance Designs by A. J. Guarino, Lawrence S. Meyers, Glenn Gamst

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Appendix A Primer on SPSS

A.1 Historical overview

The SPSS Web site provides a comprehensive history of the company and the software they have produced. Here is a synopsis of that information. SPSS, an acronym for Statistical Package for the Social Sciences, is a set of statistical analysis procedures housed together within a large application. The software was developed in 1968 by two doctoral students at Stanford (Norman H. Nie and Dale H. Brent) and one recent Stanford graduate (Hadlai Hull). Nie and Hull brought the software to the University of Chicago and published the first manual in 1970. They incorporated the company in Illinois in 1975.

SPSS began to be used on mainframe computers, the only kind of computer available in many organizations ...

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