Python for SPSS

SPSS Python Integration Overview

Python is a programming language that can be integrated with SPSS versions 14 and higher. By using Python in SPSS you can automate basically any SPSS task such as batch processing data files or output tables and charts.
Recent SPSS versions allow you to add SPSS extensions similarly to apps on a smartphone. Most extensions can be used from SPSS’ menu and use Python under the hood. So even if you're not planning to learn any Python, installing it may turn out very useful anyway.


SPSS Python Introduction

Introducing Python 1 – What and why

Some larger or more complex SPSS tasks may seem daunting at first. However, they can usually be accomplished with surprisingly little time and effort. The basic trick here is to have Python create and execute the necessary syntax for you. This tutorial briefly introduces Python and its relation to SPSS. Read More

Introducing Python 2 – How It Basically Works

Using Python in SPSS may save vast amounts of time and effort. Sometimes no knowledge whatsoever about Python is required in order to use it. Nevertheless, users may feel more comfortable if they have a basic understanding of what's going on under the hood. Read More

Introducing Python 3 – How To Use It

There are different ways to use Python in SPSS. The easiest is to just copy-paste-run the syntax. But most users will at some point want to write their own Python syntax. And even more efficiency can be gained by passing code into functions and eventually modules. This tutorial briefly discusses the options. Read More

Introducing Python 4 – Installing and Testing

Python may dramatically reduce the time and effort needed to get things done in SPSS. So where do you get it and how can you start using it? This tutorial briefly answers these two questions. Read More

Introducing Python 5 – Five Essential Basics

Using Python is often the fastest way to get things done in SPSS. And even without any knowledge of Python whatsoever, you've a good chance to accomplish what you need. Nevertheless, knowing just a handful of Python essentials may be helpful. This tutorial points out the most important ones. Read More

Introducing Python 6 – Four Tips

Many ready-to-use SPSS Python tools are available for SPSS users with limited or no knowledge of Python. However, at some point most users will continue building upon their expertise; next steps may include learning to modify Python code for SPSS and eventually write it from scratch. The most helpful tips for this stage are discussed in this tutorial. Read More