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SPSS® Base 16.x Essentials for Social Statistics

The National Opinion Research Center (NORC) conducts a biennial national survey of American public opinion known as the General Social Survey (GSS). The data examples used in these tutorials employ either the GSS 2006 (23.4 MB) or the cumulative GSSs 1972-2006 (259 MB) data sets. Note that current University of Hawai'i students may download these data files, along with the GSS 1972-2006 Codebook (14.1 MB), directly from Laulima.

GSS Update: The 1972-2010 Cross-Sectional Cumulative Data Set (Release 1.1, February 2011) and 1972-2010 GSS Codebook (Released October 2011) are available for public download.

You can learn more about the General Social Survey at the official website maintained by the University of Chicago: http://www3.norc.org/GSS+Website/.

# Type Time Lesson
010x Demonstration Introducing the SPSS Base Environment I: The Data View.
010x Demonstration Introducing the SPSS Base Environment II: The Variable View.
0202 Demonstration 02:31 Creating a Frequency Distribution with an Associated Bar Chart.
0205 Demonstration 06:31 Collapsing Categories with the Recode Command.
0207 Demonstration 02:04 Creating a Simple Bar Chart.
0303 Demonstration 05:24 Producing Measures of Central Tendency with an Associated Simple Line Chart.
0305 Demonstration 01:43 Using the Descriptives Command to Generate Summary Statistics.
0307 Demonstration 02:47 Discovering Quartiles, Deciles and Percentiles.
0403 Demonstration 02:13 Producing Measures of Dispersion — the Range and the Standard Deviation.
0405 Demonstration 05:52 Using the Compute Command to Create an Index.
0503 Demonstration 05:10 Transforming Raw Scores into Z-Scores.
0603 Demonstration 06:49 Drawing Random Samples to Estimate Population Parameters.
0703 Demonstration 03:25 Constructing Confidence Intervals from Descriptive Statistics and Frequency Distributions.
0903 Demonstration 04:22 Using an Independent-Samples t-Test to Determine the Statistical Significance of the Difference Between Two Means.
0905 Demonstration 06:05 Testing the Statistical Significance of the Difference Between Two Means: An Independent-Samples t-Test Applied to a Summary Index.
1003 Demonstration 05:00 Analysis of Variance (ANOVA): Does Political Ideology Change with Age?
1107 Demonstration 07:10 Using the Chi-Square Test to Study the Matrix Philosophy Taking the Blue Pill or the Red Pill?
1203 Demonstration 03:11 Bivariate Associations Does Support for Same-Sex Marriage Vary by Social Class?
1503 Demonstration 03:08 Using Pearson's r Bivariate Correlation Coefficient to Examine the Correlates of Occupational Prestige.