AMOS is belongs to the SPSS software house. It is an add-on module which can be installed as part of IBM SPSS Statistics or installed on it's own. It performs structural equation modeling, path analysis, and covariance structure modeling, as well as more basic linear regression analysis and ANOVA and ANCOVA.
It features an intuitive graphical interface that allows the analyst to specify models by drawing them. It also has a built-in bootstrapping routine and superior handling of missing data. It reads data from a number of sources, including MS Excel spreadsheets and SPSS data files.
We recommend that you read up about structural equation modelling becfore you start using it. Whilst the software itself contains instructional information on the use of AMOS within its Help menu, there are serveral online resources to learning it:
AMOS is available as part of the University site license for SPSS and is found as an extra on the SPSS install discs. It requires a separate install after the main SPSS package has been installed. For full details on how to acquire the software, please go through the information on 'Getting SPSS' at:
Whilst , SPSS, is fully-supported, AMOS is only partially-supported due to resource limits within IS. You may still pose any technical queries you have regarding the software to the Statistical Computing team via IS help services.
The most extensive level of support for AMOS would be through IBM SPSS' own knowledgebase and website, for which you and register for free.
This article was published on Aug 30, 2010