Summary of survey software: Availability and pricing
This is a summary of the information included under the heading
"Availability, Pricing and Terms" for each of the software packages
described on these pages. Select the appropriate title for more
information on any package.
Free software. (Developed with support from National Center for
Educational Statistics.) Download from
Bascula is licensed as part of the Blaise system, so it must be kept
in mind that the following illustrative prices are essentially Blaise
prices and reflect the typical use of this system by large survey groups
with many intensive users (interviewers). The price for an annual
license is 2000 Dutch guilders per copy, with quantity discounts. The
Bascula reference manual includes an introduction to the theory of
adjustment weighting, usage instructions, and weighting examples.
In the United States, the base Blaise system costs $2100 for the first
developer (no charge for other users, e.g. interviewers and data entry
staff) and other modules (including Bascula, which does not require the
base system) cost $1200 for the first developer. (Note: prices subject
to change, please check with vendor.)
Free software, downloadable from Census Bureau
site. Manuals are also downloadable from this site.
Distributed with documentation free of charge to organisations and individuals
in developing countries. For others, a nominal handling charge is requested.
The software itself and manuals are free, and available over the Internet.
Printed manuals and disks are sold by a distributors; see http://www.cdc.gov/epiinfo/EIvendor.htm
A site license allows installation on an unlimited number of machines.
A site license costs $30,000 (CDN) and $3,000 yearly maintenance fee.
Price: One-time purchase per user. Base package price is $300,
add-on modules for logistic regression and post-stratification each cost
$50 extra. Additional copies of the manual are $8 each.
Free download (GNU LGPL). R is updated about twice per year and the survey
package is updated as needed. The current (4/2009) versions are 2.9.0 for R and 3.12-1 for the survey package.
SAS Software is licensed on an annual basis. Please contact the
SAS Institute directly for more
See SPSS web site, http://www.spss.com/estore/softwaremenu/software.cfm.
One-time purchase with perpetual license. Upgrade purchases are
optional. Generous academic discount. Volume discounts and student
discounts. Different "flavors" depending on the data set size
requirements, and parallel processing capabilities.
Example: University price for one single-user copy: from $540 for the
basic IC version and basic documentation set to $985 for extended SE
version and full documentation set.
Release 8.0 of Sudaan is the current version (see list of enhanced
SUDAAN is available under annual site licenses. Annual academic site
license renewal prices range from $60 to $385 per user (depending on
volume), with new licenses costing about twice as much. Government and
commercial annual site license prices range from $65 to $735 per user
depending on product and volume See pricing details at Sudaan
Free (public domain) software, available to the public at the site
http://www.westat.com/wesvar/licensing/ for licensing information.
- WesVar 4.0 is for sale from Westat for a range of prices depending on
platform, type of purchaser, and previous licenses. Approximate range
$350-$495 for single users, lower prices for additional users. Multi-user site license $2000-$3000.
- WesVar Version 2.12 is an older version with more limited capabilities.
This version is free, and can be downloaded from the internet.
- A free demo version is available for download.
- A student version is sold for $25.
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