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Learn to Use Two-Way Scatter Plots in SPSS With Data From the U.S. Statistical Abstracts (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 U.S. Statistical Abstracts, 2012, and the example looks specifically at smoking rates for men and women across the 50 U.S. states plus Washington, DC. The dataset file is accompanied by a teaching guide, a student guide, and a how-to guide for SPSS.

Methods: Scatterplots
Data Type: Numeric
Software Guide: SPSS
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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

U.S. Census Bureau. (2012) Statistical abstract of the United States (131st edition). Washington, DC;

Full title of originating dataset

The 2012 Statistical Abstract of the United States

Data author(s) and affiliations

U.S. Census Bureau

Dataset source website address

First publication date


Data Universe

United States

Funding sources/suppliers

U.S. Census Bureau

Unit of analysis


Location covered by data

United States

Links to SRM content
  • Fox, J. (2004). Scatterplot. In M. S. Lewis-Beck, A. Bryman, & T. 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 W. G. Jacoby (Ed.), Statistical graphics for visualizing multivariate data (pp. 39–54). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. doi:
List of variables


State Code


State Name


Infant Mortality 2007


Percent Persons Uninsured 2009


Percent Children Uninsured 2009


Percent Graduated High School 2007


Percent Graduated College 2007


Percent Persons Smoked 2009


Percent Males Smoked 2009


Percent Females Smoked 2009


Median Household Income (Thousands) 2009


Percent Persons in Poverty 2007


Food Stamp Exp. per Recipient 2007

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