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.

An Introduction to Computer Programming

This chapter discusses syntax and computer programming, including the following topics:

  • Using syntax versus the menu system
  • The process of writing and testing syntax
  • Typographical conventions used in this book
  • Presentation of code and output in this book
  • Advantages of using syntax
  • Ways to begin learning syntax
  • Programming style

Using Syntax Versus the Menu System

To use SPSS, you must have some way to communicate with the program. In colloquial terms, you need some way to tell SPSS ...

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