Summary of Survey Analysis Software
This page is a summary of available software for the analysis of
surveys with complex sample designs. Specifically, it includes software
that can do variance estimation with such survey data. It does not
attempt coverage of the many excellent packages which do not have the
particular features required to analyse such data. Information can be
viewed by package or comparatively by topic.
This project has been undertaken with the encouragement of the Section
on Survey Research Methods, American Statistical Association, but the
Section has no responsibility for the content. The descriptions on
these pages are based on information provided by the vendors/developers
of this software or extracted from their manuals and home pages.
No mention or information on these pages should be interpreted as
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Contributions to this page are welcome: corrections, information on
other software, comparative review articles, and additions to the
bibliography.
This page includes links to
Packages
Comparative summary by topic
Review articles: online!
 "Sampling Error Software for Personal Computers"
by Jim Lepkowski and Judy Bowles, reprinted from The Survey Statistician:
a general review of the reasons why special software is needed to analyse
survey data, and a description of eight packages for the PC.
 "An Evaluation of Alternative PCBased Packages for the Analysis
of Complex Survey Data," by Steven B. Cohen (1997), The American
Statistician, 51, 285292. (Postscript file,
Adobe PDF file  note that pagination is close
to but not precisely identical with published version)
 "Comparison of Variance
Estimation Software and Methods", a report prepared by a consortium
of the UK Office for National Statistics, Statistics Sweden, the
University of Southampton and the University of Bath, under the
sponsorship of Eurostat. (See title page for full author list.) PDF
file, 41 pages, released 1999. General discussion of principles, and
comparison of 5 packages with detailed description of capabilities.
 "Software for Statistical Analysis of Sample
Survey Data" by Barbara Lepidus Carlson, reprinted with permission
from Encyclopedia of Biostatistics, Wiley, 1998. A brief
discussion of variance estimation in surveys and references for a number
of packages.
 "Pitfalls of Using Standard Statistical
Software Packages for Sample Survey Data" by Donna Brogan, reprinted with
permission from Encyclopedia of Biostatistics, Wiley, 1998. An
example comparing analyses using standard software to that using
software that recognizes special features of survey design.

Introduction to Survey Analysis from UCLA Academic Technology Services
defines some key concepts of survey analysis and gives examples from several
packages. See also their
Survey Analysis Portal for additional links.

Analysis of Survey Data from Household Surveys in Developing and
Transition Countries from the United Nations. See Chapter 21 (by
Donna Brogan) for software examples and reviews.
Review articles: in print (since 1989) and not
specific to a single package.
 Rao, Kumar and Roberts (1989), "Analysis of sample survey data
involving categorical response variables: Methods and software,"
Survey Methodology, 15, 161186.
 Rowe, Westlake, and Rose (1990), "Software for statistical and
social survey analysis 198990," Computational Statistics and Data
Analysis, 9, 317340.
 Bausch and Bankhofer (1992), Statistical software packages for PCs  A market survey," Statistischen Hefte, 33, 283306.
 Chell (1992), "A comparison of some software packages for survey
analysis," in Westlake, Banks, Payne, and Orchard, Survey and
Statistical Computing, Elsevier/NorthHolland, 385394.
Please send comments and suggestions regarding this page to Alan Zaslavsky,
zaslavsk@hcp.med.harvard.edu
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