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SPSS For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Arthur Griffith
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Book Description

The fun and friendly guide to the world's leading statistical software

Predictive Analysis Software (PASW), formerly SPSS software, is the leading statistical software used by commerical, government, and academic organizations around the world to solve business and research problems. It allows you to quickly and easily discover new insights from data, test hypotheses, and build powerful predictive models.

PASW Statistics For Dummies covers everything you need to know to get up and running with this efficient and practical software.

  • PASW Statistics is the leading statistical software used to analyze data and create predictive models; it is used by business, academic, and government entities worldwide
  • This guide explains how to work with automatic codebook generation and customize the variable view
  • Walks you through the rounding method that is used in all calculations and explains using predictive analysis
  • Shows how to maximize your use of graph templates, and much more

Even if you have little or no statistical or mathematical background, PASW Statistics For Dummies will show you how to generate statistical support and decision-making information quickly and easily.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

Note: The Kindle edition of this book does not include any CDs or DVDs.

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From the Back Cover

Need to analyze some data? SPSS is your statistical friend — let it crunch the numbers!

Surprise — this book is not about statistics. It's about using SPSS to calculate statistics for you! Here are step-by-step procedures you can follow to see how SPSS operates and start using it with your own data. You'll be able to enter data, produce graphs, use the statistical methods built into SPSS to generate the numbers you need, and much more.

  • Predict the future — use SPSS to identify business risks and opportunities

  • Learn your way around — install SPSS and set up the options to serve your needs

  • Enter the data — instruct SPSS to collect data from a database or another file, or type it in yourself

  • Data in, data out — export the results of your analysis for use in a database, Web page, Excel® worksheet, or Word document

  • Go graphic — create bar graphs, line charts, scatterplots, pie charts, histograms, and others

  • Welcome to analysis — learn different ways SPSS can crunch numbers and how to get the analysis you're looking for

  • Extend the possibilities — customize SPSS with Command Syntax or create new scripts with Python®

  • Your greatest asset — protect your data and make regular backups

Open the book and find:

  • What you can and can't do with SPSS

  • Types of graphs and how to use them

  • How to manually enter data

  • Suggestions for sorting, identifying, and grouping data

  • Data types and how to use them

  • What a scatterplot can show you

  • How to back up and protect your data

  • A glossary of SPSS and statistics terms

About the Author

Arthur Griffith is a former computer consultant for the U.S. Department of Defense. After working for 25 years as a programmer and software development project manager, he became a writer of computer books and has now written 14 of them.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5957 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 047048764X
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (January 14, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00356476E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,604 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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66 of 71 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Statistics for Dummies - Like Making a Word Salad November 1, 2007
The "For Dummies" series are funny books and are sometimes helpful but, much like Sparknotes or Cliffnotes, they are inherently flawed. This is ESPECIALLY true for anything that has to do with computerization; if you really need to earn something then you really need a book that will teach you a solid way to generate results. In the case of SPSS I really thinks this is true and then some - the program gives you all sorts of ways to test and to generate answers BUT the word dummies doesn't really play here.
If anything, it seems criminal to tell people they can learn something without hammering away at it.

A few of my students have used this book and the truth of the matter is this: they learn the most basic functions of the program but, when asked to perform something a little more difficult, they freeze and their eyes frost. The book doesn't add in the terminology needed, doesn't cover the ideas behind concepts, and doesn't even cover the stuff an introduction class would.
If you need help and need it badly, this would set you back and confuse you even more. Instead, you could buy a SPSS Basics book to grasp the immediate, look into an Experimental Design class to learn what SPSS is attempting (you can look online and see what classes require, then mirror the class without taking it if you can't afford the time), or you could consult the program and the book that accompanies it. Either way, this is not progression but the illusion of progression and you can tell that by reading exactly what it promises to teach you.
Very bad primed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SPSS for Dummies October 20, 2009
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I bought this book because I needed to use SPSS and had no experience with the program. I read Chapter 1 and Chapter 4 to start and this gave me a good basis. Then I read other chapters as questions came up. If you are used to using computers and learning how to do new things on the computer, then this book is perfect for you. Do not get this book if you are looking for a book to tell you when to run which statistics. This book tells you HOW, not WHEN or WHY. I supplemented the book with SPSS Help menu and internet sights for more complex actions like regression. Overall, I would recommend this book!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition: you cannot see the actual illustrations October 24, 2010
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You will not be able to see the illustrations, the screen-shots that walk you through the process. It does you no good if you cannot see what they are doing - that is the whole point of these kind of books: see and do. The kindle-edition is guaranteed to piss you off if you really need to understand this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Like the book. Where's the CD? May 6, 2012
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I should have read the other reviews more closely. I like the book. It's been helpful. Amazon delivered it on-time, and it looked like it should have looked, except . . . No CD. I read the other reviews and others have said the CD wasn't there. OK, I thought that was fine. Trouble is the first time I tried to do one of the exercises in the book, I realized I would have to enter 150 data items. Kind of a hassle. We need the CD or at least a website to download the data from. Here is a time when buying the book from a real bookstore would have helped me avoid this situation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for policy analysis students February 23, 2011
By Rachel
If you're in a policy analysis course and need to understand SPSS output for multivariate analysis - don't buy this book. It provides a good introduction to the basics of SPSS and how to understand how SPSS thinks. However, for more advanced functions it falls short
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Learn statistics FIRST ! June 11, 2009
This Dummies book will get you introduced to SPSS but will use all sorts of statistics jargon and you are lost unless you've built a solid foundation in statistics previously. Also, it hardly touches on some quite basic yet very useful parts of SPSS (e.g. descriptive statistics>frequencies) ... quite odd ! If you're new to both SPSS and statistics this may be a better choice Discovering Statistics Using SPSS (Introducing Statistical Methods)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for dissertations January 31, 2014
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Highly recommended by successful doctorate student before me. He said if there is one book to get besides Pallant, this is it.
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This book allowed me to teach myself SPSS software with no previous experience. However a major drawback is that the visuals (tables, pictures, etc) are pretty much useless in the Kindle version. The tables are too small to see within the text and if you open them up, they are too blurry to actually read. So you essentially have no visual aids in the kindle version.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I did not use it like I thought I would
Published 17 days ago by Michael Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Published 4 months ago by Thomas
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
No as clear as it supossed to be.
Published 5 months ago by Martha Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 months ago by DENIZ GEZGIN
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent how-to guide that sidesteps all of the technical...
This is an excellent how-to guide that sidesteps all of the technical mumbo jumbo. This is an excellent reference book for people, especially students, who need to know how to use... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Robert G. Keim
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It's a good book for a basic understanding of SPSS.
Published 7 months ago by Glorimar
5.0 out of 5 stars No Regrets
It did the job that I needed. It explained the processes and provided the definitions required to get through a quantitative analysis course.
Published 8 months ago by Damez28
5.0 out of 5 stars The examples for data entry are excellent.
Yes, the book is exactly what I was looking for: informative yet simple to read! The examples for data entry are excellent.
Published 8 months ago by Joanne
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This helped me get through my first benchmark in my program!
Published 9 months ago by Mckenzie Hall
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
This SPSS for dummies is not too smartly written for dummies. Ill-defined explanations.
Published 9 months ago by Bute-Parker
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