NOTE: This issue was corrected and the media and downloads were refreshed on the IBM web site on August 28, 2012. While the date on the SPSS 21 eAssembly will continue to show Aug 14, if you expand the download and display the embedded parts (eImages), the parts that were updated will show the Aug 28th date.
IBM has temporarily discontinued availability of the IBM SPSS Statistics version 21 product which was made available electronically on August 14, due to two issues with data integrity. A refresh of the media is currently being prepared and is expected to be released within the next two weeks. If you are affected by the issues listed below, you should immediately uninstall, discontinue any use of the product, and reinstall the product with the refreshed version when it is available. If you are not affected by the issues, you should uninstall any previously downloaded version and reinstall it with the refreshed version when it is available.
Scenario 1: The first situation occurs when the end user has set, and is working in, a different locale from the default locale settings for the operating system. In this situation, any special characters that are outside of the operating system locale are converted to question marks. The problem appears to affect both reading and writing syntax files when the syntax file locale does not match the operating system default locale. This situation will produce corrupted syntax files and will not be discovered by the end user until the end user opens the saved syntax file.
Scenario 2: The second situation occurs in the product's Simulation procedure when more than two inputs are simulated and a multicore computer is used. Simulation uses input correlations to create simulated data. The simulated data should have correlations very similar to the input correlations that were specified by the end user or the data. The defect occurs after the application simulates data and the simulated data do not have the expected correlations. The statistical results from the simulation are incorrect.
If you are affected by the issues listed above, you should immediately uninstall, discontinue any use of the product, and reinstall the product with the refreshed version when it is available.
If you are not affected by the issues, you should uninstall any previously downloaded version and reinstall it with the refreshed version when it is available.
The content of this Alert is based on the best-available information as of the date of its publication. While every attempt has been made to provide guidance on the known issue(s) at the time of publication, the Alert may not describe all of the circumstances under which the issue(s) described above may occur, and may not provide a resolution for every occurrence of the issue. IBM continues to work to provide a comprehensive resolution.
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