Jamovi, a statistical spreadsheet app

about Jamovi

In the next article we are going to take a look at jamovi. This is free and open source statistical software for Gnu/Linux, Windows and MacOS, which can be used as an alternative to SPSS. With this program we can make use of a new ‘third generation’ statistical spreadsheet that has been designed from the ground up to be easy to use.

Among other things, we can meet the possibility to use correlation and regression, non-parametric tests, contingency tables, reliability and factor analysis tools, and will also allow us to easily develop and publish our own analyzes. In addition, we can save all the data in a single file, to easily share and backup the data.

This project was founded to develop a free and open statistical platform that is also intuitive to use and can provide the latest advances in statistical methodology. The core of jamovi’s philosophy is that scientific software should be ‘community-driven’, where anyone can develop and publish analyses, and make them available to a wide audience.

analysis window

The program is based on the statistical language R, which will give us access to the improvements that the statistics community can offer. According to its creators, this program will always be free and open, because jamovi is made by the scientific community, for the scientific community.

General characteristics of jamovi

jamovi options

  • The program provides a comprehensive set of analyzes for (not only) the social sciences; t tests, ANOVAs, correlation and regression, nonparametric tests, contingency tables, reliability and factor analysis. In addition, we will also have the jamovi library available, which is a library of additional analyzes contributed by experts in their field.
  • Jamovi is a fully functional spreadsheet, immediately familiar to anyone. In it we can add, copy/paste data, filter rows, calculate new values ​​or perform transformations on many columns at the same time.
  • we can consult jamovi’s ‘syntax mode’, where R syntax is available for each parse. It is also possible to run R code directly within the application with the Rj Editor.

variable window

  • The ease of use makes this program ideal for introducing people to statistics.and its advanced features ensure that students will be well equipped for real research.
  • Jamovi saves our data, analysis, options and results in a single file. In addition, you can make a backup copy of this file, share it with colleagues and, at any time, reload it.
  • This program makes it easy for R programmers to develop and publish their own analyzes. If you are interested, you can go to the documentation to see some easy to follow tutorials.

These are just some of the features of this program. can be consult all of them in detail in the project website.

Install jamovi on Ubuntu

This program is available as a flatpak at flat hub. If you use Ubuntu 20.04 and you still do not have this technology enabled on your system, you can follow the guide that a colleague wrote a while ago on this blog.

When you can install this type of package on your computer, it will only be necessary to open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the install command:

install jamovi

flatpak install flathub org.jamovi.jamovi

At the end of the installation, we can start the program through the launcher that we will find in our team. You can also type in following command in terminal:

app launcher

flatpak run org.jamovi.jamovi


If you want remove this program from your systemin a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) you just have to execute the command:

uninstall Jamovi

flatpak uninstall org.jamovi.jamovi

Jamovi aims to be platform neutral. The project was not founded to promote any particular statistical ideology. What it seeks is to serve as a space where different statistical approaches can be published side by side. This is a community project and its creators invite people from all over the world to contribute. For more information about jamovi, users can go to the project website.

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