Original author(s)John Nelder
Developer(s)VSN International (VSNi)
Stable release
23.1 / August 2023; 7 months ago (2023-08)[1]
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
Available inEnglish
TypeStatistical package

Genstat (General Statistics) is a statistical software package with data analysis capabilities, particularly in the field of agriculture.[2][3]

It was developed in 1968 by the Rothamsted Research in the United Kingdom and was designed to provide modular design, linear mixed models[4][page needed] and graphical functions.[5] It was developed and distributed by VSN International (VSNi),[6] which was owned by The Numerical Algorithms Group and Rothamsted Research.

Genstat is used in a number of research areas, including plant science, forestry, animal science, and medicine.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "What's New".
  2. ^ "AGRONOMIX Software inc., Software for plant breeding". Archived from the original on 2017-02-06.
  3. ^ a b "GenStat (General Statistical)". The University of Warwick.
  4. ^ Mixed Models and Multilevel Data Structures in Agriculture.
  5. ^ Gower, John C. (2015). "The Development of Statistical Computing at Rothamsted". International Statistical Review. 83 (3): 357–370. doi:10.1111/insr.12093. ISSN 0306-7734. JSTOR 44162829. S2CID 122657943.
  6. ^ "Statistics software success for spinout company VSN international". Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. 6 November 2023.

Further reading

Payne, R. W. (2009). "Genstat". Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Computational Statistics. 1 (2): 255–258. doi:10.1002/wics.32. S2CID 247695787.