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About the Book

Table of Contents


  • Who is this book for and what is it about?
  • What makes this book different?
  • Key themes underpinning the book
  • Structure of the book
  • Companion website
  • Differing versions of SPSS
  • And finally, what this book expects of you!

1. Getting started with SPSS

  • Introduction
  • Understanding what a dataset is
  • Opening an existing dataset in SPSS
  • Creating your own dataset
  • Conclusions

2. Exploring, displaying and summarizing data

  • Introduction
  • Different types of variable
  • Displaying and summarizing scale variables
  • Displaying and summarizing nominal and ordinal variables
  • Conclusions

3. Analyzing relationships between variables

  • Introduction
  • Preparing variables and the dataset for analysis
  • Analyzing relationships between two variables
  • Analyzing trends over time
  • Conclusions

4. Good practice in presenting findings

  • Introduction
  • Generating and editing tables in SPSS
  • Generating and editing charts in SPSS
  • Chart builder
  • Conclusions

5. Confidence intervals and statistical significance

  • Introduction
  • Sources of bias in samples
  • Confidence intervals
  • The concept of statistical significance
  • Testing for statistical significance
  • Conclusions

6. Conducting statistical tests and calculating effect sizes

  • Introduction
  • Selecting the appropriate statistical test
  • Chi-square test
  • Mann-Whitney U test
  • Kruskal-Wallis test
  • Independent samples t-test
  • One-way ANOVA
  • Spearman and Pearson correlations
  • Wilcoxon test
  • Related samples t-test
  • Analyzing experimental research designs
  • Dealing with weighting variables
  • Conclusions

7. Where next?

  • Introduction
  • Develop your understanding of the nature of quantitative data and how they are generated
  • Face your demons and have a closer look at the statistics behind the concepts covered in this book
  • Move onto more advanced quantitative data analysis techniques involving three or more variables
  • If you're still keen for more, think seriously about enrolling on an advanced statistics course or program
  • Above all, make sure you enjoy yourself!

Appendix 1

  • Defining variables in SPSS Version 9.0 and earlier

Appendix 2

  • Editing charts in SPSS Version 12.0 and earlier



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