JASP vs. SPSS

The first version of SPSS was published 59 years ago. The first version of JASP was published three years ago. How does an expensive IBM-developed program compare to the free and open source program which was until recently just developed by a handful of scientists? My approach for this review is as a university lecturer in psychology. Ease of learning…

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Tukey’s Lament: Are Statisticians Living a Lie?

John Tukey is famous. In his youth he coined the term “bit” (as an abbreviation of “binary information digit”), later he promoted exploratory data analysis, and throughout his entire life he worked on a broad range of statistical techniques, some of which carry his name. In 1991, Tukey published the article “The philosophy of multiple comparisons”. The paper starts with…

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Our Open Letter Was Desk-Rejected at JPSP: An Argument for Sorrow, and an Argument for Joy

In a previous blog post I mentioned an open letter that a group of 27 social psychologists, methodologists, and advocates for open science had sent to Dr. Shinobu Kitayama, incoming editor of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Attitudes and Social Cognition (JPSP:ASC). The letter was motivated by a recent editorial in JPSP:ASC in which Dr. Kitayama stated his desire…

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An Open Letter to Dr. Shinobu Kitayama

Dr. Shinobu Kitayama, the incoming editor of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Attitudes and Social Cognition (JPSP:ASC), recently outlined his vision for the future. His main purpose is to “see to it that JPSP:ASC functions as a beacon for the active, field-wide effort toward the constructive, future-oriented, positive transformation of the discipline. It is my hope that engaging in…

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A New 5-Minute Video Introducing JASP

Our new introduction video demonstrates the basic functionality of JASP. In just under 5 minutes, the demo discusses data editing, the user-friendly GUI, the presence of both classical and Bayesian analyses, the ways in which JASP facilitates statistical transparency, and more. The video was voiced by Alexander Etz. Editing and animations were made by Alexandra Sarafoglou and Tim Draws. The…

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