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.

Customizing the SPSS Environment

This chapter discusses ways to control the SPSS environment. Topics include

  • Displaying and changing current settings
  • Getting rid of page breaks
  • Increasing memory allocation
  • Changing the default format for numeric variables

Many settings or options are controlled through the menu system. Unfortunately, the sequence of menu items required to perform a task often differs from ...

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