How We Got Here: From Abacus to Intellectus


Intellectus Statistics

When we first moved to using statistical software from using calculators and doing things by hand, it was syntax driven. You had to be a coder to conduct your analyses. The first advance in this field was adding a graphic user interface, allowing users to select their actions with a drop-down menu. While this advance was helpful, and certainly made conducting statistical analyses available to more users, there was still a learning curve to understand which of the hundreds of options were appropriate to produce the output you need. Then, once that output was created, it took even more expertise to decipher that output and convert it into a narrative interpretation, allowing you to present the results of your research in an understandable way.

Twenty years later, the next advance in statistical software is here, and it’s changing the face of research. Gone are the days of wasting semesters learning where to click, and how to decipher confusing output. We don’t require students to use an abacus to do basic math, why are we forcing them to use antiquated statistical software to conduct their statistics?

The point of conducting research is to understand and solve real world problems, not to prove you know how to navigate and interpret confusing output from antiquated software. We’ve built Intellectus from the non-statistician’s perspective and provide output in an understandable format. This next generation in statistical software is starting with the correct interpretation and allows student-researchers to focus on the implication of their results.

If your using Intellectus and finding that students are loving it, please share it with colleagues. Thank you.

We’re excited to keep improving Intellectus Statistics.  Please send your comments and feedback to me at [email protected]. Enjoy!

Warm regards,

The Intellectus Statistics Team