What statistical test should I use for this kind of data? How do I set up the data? What parameters should I specify when ordering the test? How do I interpret the results? Herschel Knapp’s friendly and approachable guide to real-world statistics answers these questions. Intermediate Statistics Using SPSS is not about abstract statistical theory or the derivation or memorization of statistical formulas–it is about applied statistics. With jargon-free language and clear processing instructions, this text covers the most common statistical functions–from basic to more advanced. Practical exercises at the conclusion of each chapter offer students an opportunity to process viable data sets, write cohesive abstracts in APA style, and build a thorough comprehension of the statistical process. Students will learn by doing with this truly practical approach to statistics. Free downloadable tutorial videos provide an overview of each statistical method!

Supplemental SPSS Operations

Never trust a computer you can’t throw out a window.

—Steve Wozniak

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this chapter, you will be able to do the following:

  • Perform extended SPSS operations to enhance your capabilities, versatility, and data-processing efficiency.
  • Generate a list of random numbers to your specifications.
  • Perform single and multilevel sorting.
  • Select cases using multiple criteria.
  • Recode variables.
  • Import data from external sources: Excel and ASCII (text) files.
  • Practice safe data storage protocols.
  • Comprehend the basics of the SPSS Syntax language.

Overview—Supplemental Spss Operations

The data sets that have been provided thus far have been crafted to work as is in the SPSS environment, but as you become more statistically proficient, your research curiosity and scientific creative thinking are likely to further develop. You may want to analyze data of your own, ...

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