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SPSS For Dummies 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0470487648
ISBN-10: 047048764X
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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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (January 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047048764X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470487648
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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68 of 74 people found the following review helpful By TorridlyBoredShopper VINE VOICE on November 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By med student on 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Bylaska on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on February 23, 2011
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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 By Bassam Bokhowa on June 11, 2009
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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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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James R. Bryson on November 4, 2007
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This book is very helpful in becoming acquainted with the rather complex SPSS statistics software program. I recommend the book for others who need assistance in learning how to use this statistical software and need it presented in a practical manner for the lay person.
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