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Learn to Use Two-Way Scatter Plots in SPSS With Data From the World DataBank (2012)

By: The Odum Institute Published: 2015 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Datasets

This dataset is designed for teaching two-way scatter plots. The dataset is a subset of data derived from the World Bank’s World DataBank online tool, and the example examines the association between a country’s Gross Domestic Product per capita in 2012 and its average life expectancy. The dataset file is accompanied by a teaching guide, a student guide, and a how-to guide for SPSS.

Methods: Scatterplots
Data Type: Time-series
Software Guide: SPSS
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You can preview and download the dataset from this tab. The dataset is available in multiple file formats, compatible with most common software packages. You can also view and download the Codebook, which provides information on the structure, contents, and layout of the dataset.

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In this tab you will find guides on using this dataset. The Teaching Guide is designed for faculty who are teaching research methods and statistics, with suggestions on how to use the dataset in lab exercises, in homework assignments and as exam questions. The Student Guide introduces the method for students, and can be used in teaching to provide students with an introductory overview of the method or test. The How-to Guide shows how to perform the technique or test using data analysis software.

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About This Dataset
Data Source Citation

The World Bank. 2012. World DataBank [Data file]. Retrieved from

Full title of originating dataset

World DataBank

Data author(s) and affiliations

The World Bank

Dataset source website address

Data Universe

All countries

Funding sources/suppliers

World Bank Group

Data collection dates


Unit of analysis


Location covered by data


Links to SRM content
  • Fox, J. (2004). Scatterplot. In Michael S. Lewis-Beck, A. Bryman, & Tim Futing Liao (Eds.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods. (pp. 1003–1005). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc. doi:
  • The Scatterplot Matrix (1998). In William G. Jacoby (Ed.), Statistical Graphics for Visualizing Multivariate Data. (pp. 39–54). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. doi:
List of variables




Gross Domestic Product per capita


Percent access to Internet


Average life expectancy

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