## Book description

The fun and friendly guide to mastering IBM’s Statistical Package for the Social Sciences

Written by an author team with a combined 55 years of experience using SPSS, this updated guide takes the guesswork out of the subject and helps you get the most out of using the leader in predictive analysis.

Covering the latest release and updates to SPSS 27.0, and including more than 150 pages of basic statistical theory, it helps you understand the mechanics behind the calculations, perform predictive analysis, produce informative graphs, and more. You’ll even dabble in programming as you expand SPSS functionality to suit your specific needs.

• Master the fundamental mechanics of SPSS
• Learn how to get data into and out of the program
• Graph and analyze your data more accurately and efficiently
• Program SPSS with Command Syntax

Get ready to start handling data like a pro—with step-by-step instruction and expert advice!

1. Cover
2. Introduction
3. Part 1: Getting Started with SPSS
1. Chapter 1: Introducing SPSS
2. Chapter 2: Finding the Best SPSS for You
3. Chapter 3: Getting to Know SPSS by Running a Simple Session
4. Part 2: Getting Data into and out of SPSS
1. Chapter 4: Understanding SPSS Data: Defining Metadata
2. Chapter 5: Opening Data Files
3. Chapter 6: Getting Data and Results from SPSS
5. Part 3: Messing with Data in SPSS
1. Chapter 8: The Transform and Data Menus
2. Chapter 9: Computing New Variables
3. Chapter 10: Some Useful Functions
4. Chapter 11: Combining Files
6. Part 4: Graphing Data
1. Chapter 12: On the Menu: Graphing Choices in SPSS
2. Chapter 13: Building Graphs Using Chart Builder
7. Part 5: Analyzing Data
1. Chapter 14: Using Descriptive Statistics
2. Chapter 15: Knowing When Not to Trust Your Data
3. Chapter 16: Testing One Group
4. Chapter 17: Showing Relationships between Categorical Variables
5. Chapter 18: Showing Relationships between Continuous Dependent and Categorical Independent Variables
6. Chapter 19: Showing Relationships between Continuous Variables
8. Part 6: Getting More Advanced with Analyzing Data
1. Chapter 20: Doing More Advanced Analyses
2. Chapter 21: What Is Normal Anyway?
3. Chapter 22: When to Do What
9. Part 7: Making SPSS Your Own
1. Chapter 23: Changing Settings
2. Chapter 24: Editing Charts and Chart Templates
3. Chapter 25: Editing Tables
10. Part 8: Programming SPSS with Command Syntax
1. Chapter 26: Getting Acquainted with Syntax
11. Part 9: The Part of Tens
1. Chapter 28: Ten (or So) Modules You Can Add to SPSS
2. Chapter 29: Ten Useful SPSS Resources
3. Chapter 30: Ten SPSS Statistics Gotchas
12. Index