East Carolina University
Department of Psychology
The first link below takes you to lessons I have written to teach the novice how to use SPSS to conduct basic statistical analyses. Simple analyses can be done on SPSS for Windows simply by pointing and clicking, but some analyses are available only by entering syntax. For example, if you want canonical analysis with your MANOVA (and frankly, MANOVA without canonical analysis is pretty much useless), you need to use the MANOVA program (rather than the point and click GLM program), but MANOVA is available only through syntax -- that is, you have to write the code to do the analysis and run it just as you would an SAS program. I also provide here a link to a page of such programs which you can download and then edit for your own use.
SPSS-Data -- data for these programs and for exercises in the more basic lessons too
Editing SPSS Output -- SAVE A TREE -- edit your output to reduce paper use.
SPSS Wants Internet Access -- what is it doing, calling home?
Getting Started with SPSS for Windows - nice introduction by John Samuel at Indiana University
Getting Started Using ODBC with SAS and SPSS - moving data back and forth among SAS, SPSS, Excel, etc., John E. Daniels, Indiana University
IBM SPSS - the corporate home page
Raynald's SPSS Tools - an assortment of tips, code, and links presented by actuary Raynald Levesque
IBM now owns SPSS
IBM changed the name of SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) to PASW, which stood for "Predictive Analytics Software." Now that IBM owns SPSS, it wants it to be associated with business, not with the social sciences. $$$ Quoting from a previous IBM-SPSS page, "Predictive analytics software captures and analyzes data about people’s attributes, attitudes and behaviors to gain a full understanding of anticipated future behaviors, applying these insights into business processes to improve outcomes." After realizing that changing the name to PASW was bonehead idea, IBM changed the name back to SPSS. Does that mean they recognize that the patrons of this software are scientists (social and, to a lesser extent, natural). Absolutely not -- but that may be changing. At first they put restrictions on the licenses they sell to universities preventing students being able to use the software at home, but now they have loosened up again, and students at ECU can now get, at no cost, a copy for home use.
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