The PASW Statistics 18 Guide to Data Analysis helps you learn about statistics and SPSS by analyzing real data. Each chapter discusses both statistical concepts and the SPSS interface for specifying the analysis in version 18 of SPSS/PASW or the SPSS/PASW Student Version. (Click on the links on the left for information about other editions of this book.) Assumptions underlying the statistical procedures are explained, as well as methods for checking the assumptions.

Contents at a glance:

Part 1

Getting started with SPSS/PASW:
Setting up a data file; using the online tutorial and Help system; evaluating strategies for acquiring data

Part 2

Describing Data:
Histograms, bar charts, stem and leaf plots, boxplots; scatterplots; tables and summary statistics

Part 3

Testing Hypotheses:
One sample t-test; paired and two sample t-tests; oneway and twoway analysis of variance; chi-square tests; nonparametric tests

Part 4

Examining Relationships:
Measures of association; linear regression and correlation; multiple regression; examining residuals and other diagnostics

Appendices
Include detailed instructions for producing charts with SPSS/PASW, and a thorough overview of the facilities for transforming and selecting data prior to analysis.

Features:

Readers' questions are anticipated and clearly addressed, in special sections scattered throughout the book.

To help you focus on the contents, each chapter begins with a set of questions which are discussed in the chapter

Data sets from many disciplines are analyzed

Detailed instructions are given for obtaining all of the output in the book

Statistical concept and data analysis exercises are included with each chapter

SPSS/PASW Inc. staff review the book for accuracy

Examples include:

Who uses the Internet, and how much?

How do marathon completion times differ for men and women of various ages?

Are Internet users more or less likely to use the library?

Is there a relationship between education and the perception of the importance of manners?

Does Internet use affect the time spent with family and friends?

New to this edition:

The book has been updated for release 18 of the software and the new version of the General Social Survey. New datafiles are available for exercises.