This is an introductory text designed to show readers how to try using syntax themselves and to then support them through its use. It is ideal for those who are experienced in using SPSS through the usual button menu-driven graphical interface (GIF), but who are novices regarding syntax.

SPSS Conventions

Note the following conventions which are used in this text and are designed to produce syntax files that reflect the style recorded in the SPSS-generated Log and Journal. Maintaining SPSS conventions assists ease of reading and navigating through a syntax file as experience increases.

  • S.1. The ‘case’ of the text is not usually important in SPSS syntax. ...
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