WinBUGS Alternatives

    WinBUGS is described as 'is statistical software for Bayesian analysis using Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) methods. It is based on the BUGS (Bayesian inference Using Gibbs Sampling). It runs under Microsoft Windows, though it can also be run on Linux using Wine' and is a Statistical Analyzer in the category. There are more than 10 alternatives to WinBUGS for Windows, Linux, Mac, Xfce and BSD. The best alternative is R (programming language), which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like WinBUGS are RStudio (Free, Open Source), PSPP (Free, Open Source), RKWard (Free, Open Source) and STATISTICA (Paid).

    This page was last updated Nov 28, 2021

    1. R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics.
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    2. RStudio™ is an integrated development environment (IDE) for R. RStudio combines an intuitive user interface with powerful coding tools to help you get the most out of R.
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    3. PSPP is a free software application for analysis of sampled data. It has a graphical user interface and conventional command line interface. It is written in C, uses GNU Scientific Library for its mathematical routines, and plotutils for generating graphs.
    4. RKWard is an easy to use, transparent frontend to the R programming language, a very powerful, yet hard-to-get-into scripting-language with a strong focus on statistic functions.
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    5. STATISTICA is a tried and true analytics platform with more than two decades of history in delivering successful business results for our customers, a global user base of more than 600,000 users.


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      Deducer is designed to be a free easy to use alternative to proprietary data analysis software such as SPSS, JMP, and Minitab. It has a menu system to do common data manipulation and analysis tasks, and an excel-like spreadsheet in which to view and edit data frames.
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    6. SOFA Statistics is an open-source statistical package, with an emphasis on ease of use, learn as you go, and beautiful output. The name stands for Statistics Open For All. It has a graphical user interface and can connect directly to MySQL, SQLite, MS Access, and MS SQL Server.
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      Is a cross-platform software package for econometric analysis, written in the C programming language that can import SPSS data files.
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      Data Analysis and Statistical Software for Professionals.
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      Very cheap software (you pay for a three year licence) and very easy to use, as it is based on a spreadsheet. Indeed, it is possible to copy and paste data between Excel and StatsDirect.
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