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Data Analysis Using SPSS for Windows - Version 6

Data Analysis Using SPSS for Windows - Version 6
A Beginner's Guide

January 1999 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
SPSS for Windows is the most widely used computer package for analyzing quantitative data. In a clear, readable, non-technical style, this book teaches beginners how to use the program, input and manipulate data, use descriptive analyses and inferential techniques, including: t-tests, analysis of variance, correlation and regression, nonparametric techniques, and reliability analysis and factor analysis.

The author provides an overview of statistical analysis, and then shows in a simple step-by-step method how to set up an SPSS file in order to run an analysis as well as how to graph and display data. He explains how to use SPSS for all the main statistical approaches you would expect to find in an introductory statistics course.

The book is written for users of Versions 6 and 6.1, but will be equally valuable to users of later versions.

Aims of this Book
The Basics of Statistical Analysis
Starting Out
Crucial Preliminaries
The Data File
Merging Data Files
Running a Simple Analysis and Obtaining the Output
Syntax Files
Taking a Preliminary Look at the Data
Ranking and Sorting the Data
Changing the Way Data Is Coded and Grouped
Selecting Subgroups for Analysis
How Many Respondents Gave a Particular Answer?
Frequency Data

What Is the Average Score?
Measures of Central Tendency and Dispersion

Parametric Statistical Tests Comparing Means
Correlations and Multiple Regression
Analysing Nominal and Ordinal Data
Assessing Test Reliability
Factor Analysis
Obtaining Neat Printouts

`In terms of content and style this is very much an undergraduate text. I am impressed by the clarity of writing and explanation and I see no reason why this book will not be accessible to any student who uses SPSS' - Andy Field, Royal Holloway, University of London

` This book is meant to teach beginners the operation of SPSS for windows. The language is lucid. One's questions on the data are answered, the commands are explained and the outputs shown....I was marvelled when I finished reading the text' - Psychology in Africa