So, I did it. I finally got the SPSS Python Integration modules to work on the Mac. There should be angels singing and certificates of achievement handed to me personally by at least four of the twelve apostles.
At the very least, I should get a prize.
Almost six months ago, I wrote a post on 1,000 ways not to get SPSS FUZZY to work.
Okay, let’s back up here a few steps … SPSS for some time now has not really been developing the syntax very much and instead offering the capability for free (not counting the $1,699 cost of SPSS) to extend SPSS with Python or R.
Actually, if you are at a university, you can usually get an SPSS license for almost every product for $250 a year or less (sometimes much, much less depending on the deal your campus has). So you have the pointy-clicky interface and you can extend it with other programming languages as well.
Also, SPSS runs native on the Mac which not everything (cough – SAS – cough) does.
Most times, doing something on the Mac is quite a bit simpler than doing things on Windows. This is not one of those times.
Here is how to get it to work:
1. Install SPSS – I happen to be using SPSS 20
2. Download the Python plugin
3. Install the plugin. It should be pretty obvious. You double-click on the file you downloaded, which is a disk image. It opens up, you double-click on the icon that says IBM Statistics Essentials for Python, click through a few windows – it assumes your SPSS is installed in the default location
and so is Python27
If you have a Mac, Python was probably installed when you got it and in that location.
4. Now, you try SPSS and go to UTILITIES > EXTENSION BUNDLES > VIEW INSTALLED EXTENSION BUNDLES and it shows you have the modules installed but when you try running a program you get an error message that says there is no such module.
Your problem is that your modules are installed in the wrong place. Even worse, because they are installed in a hidden directory, searching won’t even find them.
Here is how to find out if this is your problem and how to fix it.
5. Go to where you have SPSS installed, hold down the control key and click. You should see a drop down menu like this. Select SHOW PACKAGE CONTENTS
When you open the Contents folder, you’ll see a bunch of other folders. One of them is named Extensions. When you look at this, you can see right away what the problem is. That extensions folder is empty. That is where your modules are supposed to be. So, where are they?
To find them, click on your hard drive – mine is named Alice because I like Alice in Wonderland. You should see folders that say Application, Library, Users and maybe a few others. Click on the Library folder.
Open the Application Support Folder
Open the folder IBM
Open the folder SPSS
Open the folder Statistics
Open the folder 20
NOW …. you see Extensions
Open that folder. Copy everything in it.
Go back to the empty Extensions folder in the SPSS Contents folder
Paste everything into it.
Everything now works.