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SPSS Syntax Introduction (2 Days)

Overview:

The course provides users of SPSS with the essential skills and knowledge required to begin to become effective and productive users of SPSS Syntax.

By the end of our course you will have learned to:

Open up SPSS files using syntax
Define variables using syntax
Create Compute and Autorecode procedures
Create simple and multiple IF and DO-IF statements.

Prerequisites:

Experience of working in the Windows environment and a general understanding of key Windows features. Attendees should also have basic familiarity with SPSS procedures including variable definition, entering and editing data, opening and saving data files, compute and recode procedures, dealing with output and saving output.

Course Topics:

Introduction
The Journal – What is it?
How To Set The Journal.
The Log – What is it?
How To Set Log Options.
Syntax Files
The Syntax Editor
Writing Syntax Using The Log

Syntax For Data Entry
Raw Data Entry
Importing From Excel
Opening A SPSS .sav File
Saving Data with Syntax.
Adding Comments

Preparing Data
Renaming Variables
Labelling Variables
Creating Value Labels
Missing Values
Checking Datafile Layout and Variable Content

Amending The Datafile
Extracting To A Smaller Datafile
Adding New Variables
Sorting Cases
Adding New Cases
Changing Variable Format

Using String Variables
Converting Numeric Values To Text
Recoding Variables
Converting Categorical Text to Numeric
Changing The Case Of Text
If Statements
Computing New Values

Using Date And Time Variables
Setting Date Time Formats
Extracting Date Elements
Calculations With Dates

Using Numeric Variables
Deleting Variables
Computing New Values
Creating Categories For Numeric Values
Counting Data Values

Data Exploration
Frequencies
Crosstabs
Explore
Examine Distribution

Sub-sections Of Data
Selecting Parts Of Your Data
Splitting The Datafile
Temporary Command
Select IF Command


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