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.

Interacting With SPSS

This chapter discusses some basic aspects of using SPSS, including the following topics:

  • The SPSS session
  • SPSS windows
  • Basic rules about SPSS commands
  • Order of execution for SPSS commands
  • Interactive and batch mode

A warning: Some of this information is system-specific and will not apply to every installation of SPSS. Programmers not using SPSS on a Windows or ...

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