Introduction to SPSS

For all Charité scientists we offer an introduction to the program IBM SPSS Statistics (SPSS for short) to accompany our statistical consulting. This course is free of charge and exclusively for Charité members.

Courses are provided on weekends or during work at CCM.

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Due to the ongoing corona crisis, face-to-face courses operated by the Service Unit are currently suspended until further notice. Currently, we are starting to offer online SPSS-Courses in German. (please, see the German version of this page)

Information on SPSS

The IBM SPSS package

SPSS is a program package for the statistical evaluation of data. It is offered for various operating systems. In the area of statistical software, there is a variety comprehensive packages and even more specialized packages for specific procedures. We have chosen this package because it is relatively easy to use and can perform all common statistical procedures and create common graphics. Data handling (variable definition, data entry, variable calculation, and case selection) is easier than with most other software packages. And: SPSS is available for general use at the Charité (site license).

SPSS at the Charité

The package with all major modules is not quite inexpensive. However, the Charité site licensed it. The program is installed locally onto your computer. To use it, your computer needs a connection to the Charité intranet (possibly via VPN). For business trips you can "borrow" a license for a few days (see commuter license).

SPSS is available in most public computer rooms of the Charité (CIPom)

Installation and Licensing

If you need SPSS on a Charité-owned computer, send an e-mail to The program will be installed via Empirium.

The program and important information can be found on the Helpdesk pages in the Intranet  (a VPN connection is required for private computers). Here, you will find the required downloads and above all a sheet with all important information. Caution! Make sure to enter the name of the license server correctly! If you mistype here, the installation will continue normally, but the program will not work ("Processor not available"). In this case, you must first uninstall SPSS and then reinstall it.

SPSS commuter licence

Usually, the software is activated after the program has been started by connecting to the license server in the intranet. If contact to the intranet is not possible or difficult, SPSS can be activated for a maximum of 7 days with the help of a commuter license and used offline, for example for a longer train journey, a weekend in the countryside (if you want to work on your dissertation in the evening) or if you need SPSS at an important meeting and do not know whether you will be connected to the network there. The number of licenses is limited, please use this service only if you really need it.

To activate the commuter license, you must have access to the Charité intranet! Open the folder "IBM SPSS Statistics" in Windows via the START button in connection with "All Programs". Then start "IBM SPSS ...Pendlerlizenz (commuter license)". In the opening window, select the line that matches your installed SPSS version. Enter the desired number of days below (maximum 7) and click on [Check out]. A red tick should appear next to the marked line.
To check the commuter license activation, remove the notebook from the network (unplug the LAN, deactivate WLAN) and start SPSS. The status line at the bottom should read "Processor is ready".

As long as commuter license is active (mark the same row as above), the number of days remaining is displayed at the bottom. The [Check Out] button is inactive, instead you can use [Check In] to return days you no longer need.

I prefer using a Mac

The introduction to SPSS is offered exclusively for Windows, training rooms for other operating systems do not exist at the Charité.

The SPSS Program package is available as Mac version, the range of functions and the operation are similar. Experienced users should have no problems with the system-related differences (file paths, mouse operation and menu arrangement). However, since you will probably be using a private computer, you will have to establish a VPN connection (VPN tunnel) to the Charité intranet.