Solved

SPSS and Excel

Posted on 2014-04-10
4
528 Views
Last Modified: 2014-04-11
EE Pros,

I have been exposed to SPSS as an ETL tool (only one of its capabilities (ie Stats.).  My "use case" was taking consistent data provided by my employer (each week) and mapping it into my personal Excel spreadsheet in order to keep the integrity while updating my spreadsheet.    I am most impressed with its ability to map data from one file to another on a visual basis as well as perform specific actions against the data as you move it from one file to another. My alternative in Excel was to write macros to do the data manipulation.

Here's my question;  How does SPSS compare to Excel for data manipulation?  And Statistical analysis?  Your personal experience with SPSS and Excel "Data slicer, pivots, etc." would be very helpful in the dialog and answer to the question.

Thank you in advance,

B.
0
Comment
Question by:Bright01
  • 2
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 9

Expert Comment

by:richdiesal
ID: 39991841
SPSS has much more power to conduct statistical analyses than Excel does, at least without a lot of macro editing.  It is specifically designed for such analyses - analysis of variance, regressions (linear, logistic, etc), basic t-tests, etc.  With additional plugins, you can also do basic structural equations modeling, factor analysis, cluster analysis, etc.  It is quite robust.  The older versions (before 17 or so) were buggy, but it's been pretty good over the last few versions.

If by "statistical analysis" you really mean data visualization and arbitrary data reorganization (like pivoting), Excel is more flexible.  SPSS's tools are more analysis oriented, built off of the needs of social scientists who generally don't care about visualization as much, so it can be difficult to get the precise figures and tables you want out of it.  I actually usually end up exporting output tables from SPSS into Excel for that reason.
0
 

Author Comment

by:Bright01
ID: 39995480
Richdiesal,

Thanks for the commentary and insight.  I just loaded the latest version of SPSS and I can see here the ETL capability is fantastic!  I was hoping that Excel may have something like it to compare two speadsheets or auto input columns into a customized WS, without having to use an outside tool or specific macros.  

Here's my challenge;  I have an Excel WB that I have customized a WS.  When new data comes in on a new WS, I need to translate that data into my customized WS in the right columns that do not line up (because I customized it).  The graphical capability of SPSS makes this rather easy....then as you suggest, export it.

Any comments?  I'm I correct in my assumptions?

And what do you use for dashboarding?  Cognos?

Thank you,

b.
0
 
LVL 9

Accepted Solution

by:
richdiesal earned 500 total points
ID: 39995559
Well, Excel is actually pretty powerful in terms of cross-worksheet transformations, even without creating pivotables or custom macros, using only in-sheet formulas (VLOOKUP, HLOOKUP, MATCH, OFFSET, boolean operators, etc).  It's not terribly user-friendly though, which might be the issue you're running into.  Any sort of automated spreadsheet comparison will definitely require macros though.

I don't personally use dashboarding, because I don't need to do any monitoring... only defined projects with non-ongoing analytic objectives, which SPSS can do on its own...  so I can't help there!
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:Bright01
ID: 39995582
Thanks for the help!  I'm going to continue to work with SPSS for the ETL requirements.

B.
0

Featured Post

Announcing the Most Valuable Experts of 2016

MVEs are more concerned with the satisfaction of those they help than with the considerable points they can earn. They are the types of people you feel privileged to call colleagues. Join us in honoring this amazing group of Experts.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

In our personal lives, we have well-designed consumer apps to delight us and make even the most complex transactions simple. Many enterprise applications, however, are a bit behind the times. For an enterprise app to be successful in today's tech wo…
This code takes an Excel list of URL’s and adds a header titled “URL List”. It then searches through all URL’s in column “A”, looking for duplicates. When a duplicate is found, it is moved to the top of the list. The duplicate URL’s are then highlig…
Graphs within dashboards are meant to be dynamic, representing data from a period of time that will change each time the dashboard is updated with new data. Rather than update each graph to point to a different set within a static set of data, t…
This Micro Tutorial will demonstrate the scrolling table in Microsoft Excel using the INDEX function.

792 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question