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.

Numeric Operations and Functions

This chapter discusses numeric operations and functions in SPSS, including

  • Arithmetic operations
  • Mathematical and statistical functions
  • Missing values in arithmetic operations and functions
  • Domain errors
  • A substring-like technique for numeric variables

This chapter introduces the concept of a function in SPSS and discusses operations and functions for numeric variables. Functions for string variables are discussed in ...

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