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Moving from SPSS to JMP: A Transition Guide, Version 2

By Dr. Joshua Lambert, University of Cincinnati


Because each analytical software package handles, processes, and outputs analysis differently, transitioning from one software program to another can be intimidating. Once users become comfortable with a program it can be difficult to make transitions, either to another program or to a more recent version of the same program. This can especially be true for new JMP® users who learned SPSS either at another company or as a student.

This guide is meant to ease the user’s transition from SPSS Version 27 to JMP 16 and JMP Pro 16. In this white paper, we'll illustrate the differences between SPSS and JMP and show you how easy this transition can be.

To demonstrate these differences, we'll use data from one of the most infamous shipwrecks in history: the sinking of the RMS Titanic.

Topics covered in this paper include:

  • Importing and Cleaning Data
  • Visualization
  • Descriptives 
    • Descriptive Statistics
    • Custom Tables
    • Correlation
  • Inference
    • Two-Sample t-Test
    • Crosstabs/Contingency Tables and Chi-Square Test
    • Linear Regression
    • Logistic Regression
  • Data Manipulation
    • Creating New Variables
    • File Splitting
  • Saving and Reproducing Output
  • Other Features
    • Machine Learning and Text Mining
    • Sample Data Sets.
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