There is a vast range of software tools available for social scientists looking to work with big data and computational methods, but finding the right tool for your research project isn’t always easy. To help save you time, we’re creating a directory of widely-used software tools for exploratory data analysis. The tools listed below are currently broken down into four categories and we have included three key attributes for each: the price, code license and platforms they run on.

This directory is in development and we’ll regularly be adding more tools to each category. Help us to build a comprehensive list of high quality software by suggesting a tool, or writing a review.