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August 4, 2007
I have always been a fan of this author's books, and I am glad I own this one. See SPSS 15.0 Statistical Procedures Companion and SPSS 15.0 Guide to Data Analysis. The table of contents for this book can be found at [...] The critical detail is that the word "Advanced" refers to a module in SPSS that performs particular tasks - the same tasks listed in the Table of Contents. Some tasks in the book require the "Regression" module.

Why should you be careful about this book? Simply, it is not a novice book. Some might take it to be the right choice for those who already have a grounding in basic statistics. Not so. One of the other books would be a better choice. Or if you are interested in a review of the basics leading up to intermediate level, consider the Field book Discovering Statistics Using SPSS (Introducing Statistical Methods S.) (2nd Edition) After all, Multidimensional Scaling and PLUM are not everyday tasks even if you have mastered statistics thoroughly.

The strongest aspect of the book is that the topics covered here are covered nowhere else! They are more thorough than the help files, but not as much more thoroughly as you might hope. Complete, but without handholding. You have to be ready. It also comes with a CD. Some techniques are brand new, and covered only in this edition - frankly, the reason I felt I had to own this book. The 32 pages on GzLM being is a noteworthy example. Take a look at the "Case Studies" in the Help Menu while deciding if you need this book.

The weakest aspect of the book (although perhaps necessary) is that these examples can only serve to supplement a lot of prior knowledge, and an existing statistics library. Those with that will benefit, others need to supplement this book with others mentioned and maybe more. (I, among others, have assembled a listmania list of good SPSS basic books). Having said all that, some chapters are really quite extensive - note 80 pages on MDS by Young and Harris of UNC.

Bottom line: If you are a power user that owns the stats modules, and needs help setting up the menus, and interpreting output you might need this book. Anyone fitting this description probably has access to several (dozens??) of stats books, and might need them nearby to look up terms, to get more detail, etc. Perhaps one could get some of the 81 citations?
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