• CTRL Lab
    Hurst Hall, Room 202

    Mon - Thur: 9:30 am - 8:30 pm
    Fri: 9:30 am - 7 pm
    Sat: Noon - 7 pm
    Sun: Closed

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Software Support

CTRL aims to support faculty, students and staff with key software programs and cutting-edge technology for enhanced teaching, research and learning. This page lists specific software programs grouped by type of research or instructional use. Each software description includes AU licenses access, online tutorials, a direct link to the manufacturer's website and CTRL-created tutorials. Note: Teaching and Learning Resources offers training for software that enhances teaching.

Quantitative | Qualitative | GIS & Mapping | Survey Support

Quantitative Research

  • Eviews 7
    A software for time series analysis. Widely used in macroeconomic and financial analysis offering a friendly interface and ideal tool for studying time series properties.
    License: Eviews 7 Standard Edition Standalone License Package (only for AU Faculty and Students) - $90.
    Tutorials: Intro to Eviews (data file)
    Intermediate Eviews
  • GAMS 23.7
    GAMS is a high-level modeling system for mathematical programming and optimization. It consists of a language compiler and a stable of integrated high-performance solvers. GAMS is tailored for complex, large scale modeling applications, and allows you to build large maintainable models that can be adapted quickly to new situations.
    License: Single User Academic License - $640
  • Gauss 9.0
    GAUSS is a matrix programming language for mathematics and statistics. Its well suited for solution of numerical problems in statistics, econometrics, time-series, optimization and 2D- and 3D-visualization.
    License: Paid.
    Tutorials: Intro to GAUSS (pdf)
  • gretl
    Is a cross-platform software package for econometric analysis, written in the C programming language. It is free, open-source software. You may redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) as published by the Free Software Foundation.
    License: Free and Open Source.
  • Limdep 9.0/ Nlogit 4.0
    Limdep is an econometric software that is well suited for limited dependent variable analysis.
    License: Single User Academic License (version 9.0) - $595
  • Matlab 7.6.0
    A numerical computing environment and a programming language. Excellent for matrix manipulations, plotting of functions and data, implementation of algorithms, creation of user interfaces, and interfacing with programs written in other languages, including C, C++, Java, and Fortran.
    License: Paid.
    Tutorials: Intro to Matlab (pdf) .
  • Mathematica 8.0
    Mathematica is a computational software program well suited for numerical analysis, graphical representation and functional analysis. It is capable of coding agent based models and running simulations.
    License: Student License - $139.95
  • Python (2.7 and 3.2)
    Python is a flexible programming enviornment with a large user community that develops and provides support for many statistical and econometric applications as well as numerical computing.
    License: Free and Open Source.
    Tutorials: Intro to Python (pdf) | Python Programming (pdf, data)
  • R 2.14.1
    R is an implementation of the S programming language and is a powerful software environment for statistical computing and graphics. It has a large user community which provides support and develops various R libraries for specialized analysis.
    License: Free and Open Source.
    Tutorials: Intro to R (pdf)
  • SAS 9.3
    Multifunctional statistical software with a wide array of applications including management of very large datasets. License: Paid.
    Tutorials: Intro to SAS (SAS Insight) (pdf, dataset)
    Intro to OLS with SAS (pdf, dataset)

Qualitative Research

GIS and Mapping

  • ArcGIS
    ArcGIS is a system for designing and managing geographic knowledge. It enables you to perform deep analysis, gain a greater understanding of your data, and make more informed high-level decisions. ArcGIS is a complete system for designing and managing solutions through the application of geographic knowledge. It enables you to perform deep analysis, gain a greater understanding of your data, and make more informed high-level decisions.
    License: RSG has 9 floating licenses in the CTRL Lab (Hurst 202); multiple licenses in Anderson Lab. Purchase ArcView (basic level) for $100 12-month license; $1,500 for basic single use license; $7,000 for standard license single or concurrent use.
    Tutorials: ESRI online training
    ESRI You Tube Channel
  • Google Earth
    Google Earth is a geographical information program that allows you to visualize maps on a virtual globe. Google Earth uses superimposed images obtained from satellite imagery and aerial photography. You can explore layers created or create your own layers to display data and other information.
    License: Free. We also have a one-year subscription to Google Earth Pro loaded onto a desktop and laptop.
    Tutorials: RSG Tutorial on Google Earth Introduction
    Google Earth Beginner Tutorial
    Google Earth Advanced Tutorial

Survey Support

  • Qualtrics
    Qualtrics is a web-based survey tool for AU faculty, staff and students.  It is used by professionals and academics to easily create surveys, collect and store data, and produce reports. It is a far superior tool to Survey Monkey for that purpose.
    License: We have a university site license for all campus community members.
    Tutorials: Qualtrics You Tube Channel

CTRL Lab Info

Fall & Spring Hours:
Mon - Thur: 9:30 am - 8:30 pm
Fri: 9:30 am - 7 pm
Sat: Noon - 7 pm
Sun: Closed

Summer & Winter Break Hours:
Mon - Fri: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sat - Sun: Closed

Hurst Hall, Room 202

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For help with CTRL supported activities, visit the lab during business hours, call 202-885-3862, email rsg@american.edu. For people who are traveling, we can arrange for support via Skype - contact us for more information.

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