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How to use SPSS

This is a set of resources introducing SPSS, and how to use it. They were created by Mimmi Barmark at the Department of Sociology, and are narrated in Swedish but subtitled in English.

Mimmi Barmark has co-authored “Statistisk verktygslåda 0”, a Swedish introduction to statistical methods (link here) and the resources below can be used as chapter companions to that book or as stand-alone resources that you can use when you learn how to use SPSS – to aid this, we have grouped relevant resources thematically.

Introduction to SPSS

Introduction to SPSS (ch. 1 in book)
An introduction to the program, to variable view and data view | View resources here

Enter variables in SPSS (ch. 3 in book)
Instructions on how you create your own SPSS file by registering your own data (e.g. from a survey you have conducted). The first step is to enter the variables. | View resources here

Enter data in SPSS (ch. 3 in book)
Instructions how you create your own SPSS file by registering your own data. The second step is to enter the actual data (e.g. the answers to survey questions). | View resources here
 

Processing and preparing data

Recoding a categorical variable in SPSS (ch. 8 in book)
Instructions on how to recode a categorical variable in SPSS (e.g. merge categories). | View resources here

Recoding a numerical variable in SPSS (ch. 9 in book)
Instructions on how to recode a numerical variable in SPSS (i.e. categorize the variable). | View resources here

Computing a new variable in SPSS (ch. 10 in book)
Instructions on how to construct a new variable by e.g. dividing the value of one variable with the value of another variable. | View resources here

Constructing an index in SPSS (ch. 12 in book)
Instructions on how to create an index (/summated scale/composite measure) in SPSS. | View resources here

Merge data in SPSS (ch. 17 in book)
Instructions on how to merge data from two different files in SPSS. | View resources here

 

Univariate analysis - analyzing the distribution of one variable

Frequency table in SPSS (ch. 4 in book)

Instructions on how to create and interpret a frequency table in SPSS. | View resources here

Graphs in SPSS (ch. 5 in book)
Instructions on how to produce basic graphs in SPSS. | View resources here

Measures of central tendency and dispersion in SPSS (ch. 6 in book)
Instructions on how to produce the most common measures of central tendency and dispersion, including the mean, median, standard deviation, range and quartiles (percentiles). | View resourcs here

Confidence interval in SPSS (ch. 7 in book)
Instructions on how to produce a confidence interval for a mean in SPSS. | View resources here
 

Bivariate analysis - analyzing the association between two variables

Cross tab and Chi2-test in SPSS (ch. 12 in book)
Instructions on how to produce a cross tab (contingency table) in SPSS, together with a Chi2-test of the association. | View resources here

Comparing means (two categories) in SPSS (ch. 13 in book)
Instructions on how to analyze and test a mean difference between two groups  (Independent samples t-test). | View resources here

Comparing means (more than two categories) in SPSS (ch. 14 in book)
Instructions on how to analyze and test a mean difference between more than two groups (ANOVA). | View resources here

Scattergram in SPSS (ch. 15 in book)
Instructions on how to produce a scattergram in SPSS. | View resources here

Regression analysis in SPSS (ch. 16 in book)
Instructions on how to do a regression analysis in SPSS. | View resources here
 

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