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SPSS 15.0 Released to Support Development of Predictive Enterprises


Opens Up SPSS Technology to Wider Customer Base

CHICAGO, 09/18/06 - SPSS Inc. (NASDAQ: SPSS - News), a leading worldwide provider of predictive analytics software, today released a significantly upgraded version of its flagship statistical software package, SPSS 15.0. The analytical capabilities added to SPSS 15.0 will boost important predictive applications such as fraud detection and fast-track claims settlements, customer feedback management and call center management.

SPSS 15.0’s release demonstrates the continued progression of the SPSS product line in addressing enterprise-level business problems and architectures. Of particular importance, SPSS 15.0 will open up SPSS Predictive Enterprise Services™ to the wider SPSS customer base. This will support the deployment of SPSS’ statistical and predictive technologies in a true enterprise setting, leveraging a robust services-oriented architecture. To support enterprise usage scenarios, SPSS 15.0 will also more closely integrate SPSS statistical software with the company’s data mining workbench.

The SPSS 15.0 upgrade covers statistical, visualization/reporting, data management and server-side enhancements.

SPSS Customers Praise SPSS 15.0

“The new feature set in SPSS 15.0 will be extremely valuable to American Airlines,” said King Douglas, Senior Analyst, American Airlines. “SPSS 15.0 will allow American Airlines to get mission-critical information for executives and managers in the most timely manner possible so they can make data-driven decisions. This is a valuable and important upgrade to an already excellent product.”

“SPSS 15.0 represents an important release,” said Dr. Howard Barkan, Research Methodologist and Biostatistician, Kaiser-Permanente. “Existing customers will find great value in the new statistical and data management features; while enterprise-caliber organizations will be able to use the enhanced programmability and integration with SPSS Predictive Enterprise Services to run their organization.”

Key Enhancements of SPSS 15.0:

Better reporting

-- Extending the Chart Builder, a highly visual chart creation interface that was added in SPSS 14.0. Chart Builder enables customers to attain enhanced chart creation performance and more robust features for popular chart types such as scatterplot matrices, histograms and population pyramids.

-- New chart types -- dual-Y axis and overlay charts -- allowing customers to reveal more complex information and allow for more sophisticated reporting.

-- Easily export SPSS reports to PDF. Several options are available to enable the exporting of PDF documents.

More powerful data management

-- Allowing enterprises to seamlessly work with data in SPSS and Dimensions products now that you can both import and export the Dimensions Data Model™.

-- Easily writing back to databases from SPSS by using the Export to Database Wizard.

-- Enabling customers to use their own dictionary information for variables with Custom Attributes. For example, document transformations for a derived variable with information explaining how the variable was transformed.

-- Work more easily with very wide data files by customizing variable sets. Instantly reduce the variable view to a subset of selected variables, while keeping the entire file loaded and available for analysis.

-- More accurately use algorithms designed for nominal attributes (such as Naive Bayes and logit models) with Optimal Binning in the SPSS Data Preparation™ add-on module. Optimal Binning will preprocess data to set cutpoints for scale variables to help customers reach the best possible outcome.

More powerful statistics

-- Address a wide range of statistical modeling problems using generalized linear models (GZLMs) and generalized estimating equations (GEEs) in the SPSS Advanced Models™ add-on module. GZLMs and GEEs represent a unifying framework that includes classical linear models with normally distributed dependent variable, logistic and probit models for binary data; and loglinear models for count data, as well as various other nonstandard regression-type models. GEE extends the GZLM framework by allowing customers to fit a variety of longitudinal models.

-- Accurately predict ordinal outcomes from a complex sample design by using complex samples ordinal regression in the SPSS Complex Samples™ add-on module.

-- Gain expanded statistical options based on Bayesian estimation for ordered categorical and censored data with Amos™ 7.0 structural equation modeling (SEM) software.

More powerful programmability

-- The SPSS Programmability Extension™, introduced in SPSS Base 14.0, allowing users to extend the SPSS command syntax language with the full capabilities of a chosen external programming language such as Python® or Visual Basic. The external language can be used to build jobs that respond to datasets, output and environment, contain more automation, are more robust and are more maintainable. More information, extension downloads, articles, forums, the SDK and more can be found at

-- New features in SPSS 15.0 for users of the SPSS Programmability Extension are:

-- Ability to create procedures in external languages and build them into SPSS, complete with a user interface and the results delivered to an interactive SPSS pivot table in the Output Viewer

-- Read and write case data

-- Create new variables directly

Support for the Predictive Enterprise

-- For enterprise customers, SPSS 15.0 includes powerful new capabilities that enable customers to share data assets enterprisewide. In particular, the SPSS Adapter for SPSS Predictive Enterprise Services™ provides a centralized, secure, auditable repository for analytical assets and processes. With the SPSS Adapter, SPSS 15.0 integrates into the SPSS Predictive Enterprise Services platform. With SPSS Predictive Enterprise Services, enterprises can:

-- Safeguard the value of analytics with version control, access control and other security

-- Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements by using a centralized, auditable repository

-- Improve the productivity of analysts by providing users consistent, current files

-- Through centralization, minimize the IT costs of managing analytics

To see a complete list of new features in SPSS 15.0, see

About SPSS Inc.

SPSS Inc. (NASDAQ:SPSS - News) is a leading worldwide provider of predictive analytics software and solutions. The company’s predictive analytics technology connects data to effective strategic action by drawing reliable conclusions about current conditions and critical future events. More than 250,000 commercial, academic and public sector customers rely on SPSS technology to help increase revenue, reduce costs, improve important processes and detect and prevent fraud. More than 95 percent of the Fortune 1000 companies are SPSS customers. Founded in 1968, SPSS is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. For additional information, please visit

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