An Intermediate Guide to SPSS Programming: Using Syntax for Data Management introduces the major tasks of data management and presents solutions using SPSS syntax. This book fills an important gap in the education of many students and researchers, whose coursework has left them unprepared for the data management issues which confront them when they begin to do independent research. It also serves as an introduction to SPSS programming; all the basic features of SPSS syntax are illustrated, as are many intermediate and advanced topics such as using vectors and loops, reading complex data files, and using the SPSS macro language.

Inspecting a Data File

This chapter discusses ways to get basic information about a data file. Topics include

  • Determining the number of cases in a file
  • Determining what variables are in a file
  • Getting information about the variables in the file
  • Checking for duplicate cases
  • Looking at variable values and distributions
  • Creating standardized scores

Often, a statistician is simply presented with a data file and expected to begin working with it. In this situation, you must familiarize yourself with ...

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