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What is Instat?
Instat is a general statistical package. It is simple enough to be useful in teaching statistical ideas, yet has the power to assist with research in any discipline that requires data analysis.
Instat has been used widely in the UK and elsewhere by a range of companies, research institutes, schools, colleges, universities and private individuals. At Reading it has been used extensively on training courses run by the SSC. It has also been used in many countries on statistics courses and on courses related to health, agriculture and climatology.
Instat can be downloaded from our website and used for non-commercial purposes by any individual free of charge. There is no copy-protection, time limit or data size restriction, other than Instat's inherent size limitations.
Instat can be supplied on a CD, for which there is a minimum charge of £40. When the software is supplied on CD, a printed copy of the Instat Tutorial (pdf file) is also provided.
Instat is currently only available for Windows and has been tested with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1.
Linux users who wish to use Instat may wish to try Wine HQ, a system that enables you to run Windows applications directly on POSIX-compliant operating systems (such as Linux, Mac OSX and BSD). We cannot offer support using this option, but we have had reports of users successfully using Wine to run Instat version 3.37 on Linux.
Individuals may use Instat at no cost, provided that it is for non-commercial purposes.
Instat must be licensed for multiple, government and commercial use. The current rates are given below. Special deals are available for schools and for organisations in developing countries.
Licence fees (in £ sterling) for Instat
|Non-commercial use||Commercial/Government use|
|Individual (single PC):||zero||£250.00|
|Group (<=8 PCs):||£250.00||£500.00|
|Department (<=25 PCs):||£500.00||£1000.00|
|Site (<=100 PCs):||£1000.00||£2000.00|
|Large Site (<=1000 PCs):||£2000.00||£4000.00|
Please note that VAT should be added for purchases made within the UK.
If you wish to register for a licence, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, clearly stating the type and number of licences required, along with your full name. For commercial or government licences, please also give your company details so we can send you an invoice.
History and Users of Instat
Instat began life on a BBC microcomputer. It was first used on a training course on 'statistics in agriculture' held in Sri Lanka during 1983. The BBC micro version was marketed commercially from mid-1985, with the DOS version for PCs becoming available in 1987. From 1994 Instat was free-of-charge. Updated DOS versions were released in 1996 and 1997.
'Instat' (i.e. the Windows version of Instat) has been developed mainly because of its continued use for the analysis of climatic data. Funding from the UK Met Office for a new climatic version, supplemented by support from the SSC and the efforts of other friendly collaborators, led to the Windows version, which was first used on training courses in 1999.
Possible roles for Instat
Instat could be your first statistics package
Are you currently using a spreadsheet, such as Excel, for all your statistical work? If so, there's no need to stop using Excel, but you may wish to consider adding a statistical package to your software repertoire. You could start by using Instat for free.
- Instat provides a relatively gentle introduction to using statistics packages
- Instat can be a useful "stepping-stone" towards other, commercial, statistics packages.
Are you teaching statistics, or trying to learn statistics yourself?
Instat is designed to support the teaching of statistics. It includes features to help explain many of the key concepts, such as confidence intervals, that userOur teaching menu provides a resource pack of ideas, some that use Instat, but many that can be used with any statistical software.
- Instat can be installed easily
- Instat has a familiar interface, similar to other statistics packages
- Instat enables users to concentrate on the statistical ideas, rather than on mastering the software
- Instat is well-suited for use as a demonstration tool during lectures.
Instat for the analysis of climatic data
Instat includes many special facilities for the processing of climatic data, supported by a 400 page guide, included with the package as a help file. These facilities have formed the basis of numerous agroclimatology training courses, in the UK, Kenya, Niger, Algeria, Syria, the Philippines and elsewhere.
We have a collection of documents to support the learning and use of Instat.
- Instat Tutorial (pdf) - a guided introduction to Instat's basic features
- Instat Climatic Guide (pdf) - A detailed guide to Instat's climatic analysis tools.
This video explains the process of installing Instat: