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Please complete the following in SPSS and answer questions.

· SPSS Practice: Setting Up a Data Set


To best prepare for the upcoming assignments, you should thoroughly familiarize yourself with the basic operations of SPSS. In addition to the unit’s SPSS-based reading, media, and resources, we strongly encourage you to explore the Internet for complementary explanations. Like learning a foreign language, the trick to retaining a new concept, word, or practical skill is to see how it is used in various contexts. The same is true for the terminology you will encounter in this course. If you look beyond this course to see how others use new SPSS terms, concepts, and functions, it will help you retain the information.


For this discussion, you will be practicing data entry. We made the task a bit easier by linking a basic data set in Resources, the Emotional Well-Being (SF-36) Study. Refer to the additional helpful links in Resources as you prepare your post, and remember to follow the guidelines in the Faculty Expectations message (FEM).

Your objective is to simply perform data import from an Excel data file to SPSS (as this is often how you will obtain data from non-researchers). First, upload the Emotional Well-Being data setlinked in Resources (note this is an Excel file, so you will need to convert it for use in SPSS). Hint: Select the appropriate scale for each variable.

· Identifying data levels.Data sets may have many different levels of data. The skill you will practice is learning to quickly look through labels in a data view and know immediately what type of data level you are looking at.

· Run frequencies in SPSS. Frequencies are run on all levels of variables. Running frequencies helps youto identify problems with missing or out of range values for your variables. Frequencies will provide you with tables and pie charts to help you analyze the data.

· Run the Explore module.The Explore module is run on the scale (interval or ratio) level data and the ordinal level data. It presents all the information you need to make decisions about ordinal and above level data (for example, 95% CI of the mean). Because of the way Explore works, it is less helpful with nominal data.

Be sure to save a copy of this newly created SPSS data set titled Emotional_Well-Being_(your initials) to the file folder you created for your SPSS work. You willuse this data set againin later units.

Complete the following for your initial post:

1. What did you use for your variables (nominal, ordinal, interval, ratio)?

1. What were the measures of central tendency?Standard deviation?Minimum?Maximum?

1. Describe one or two of the challenges you found while performing these exercises and how you resolved the issues. Where appropriate, provide the address of any website that helped you.

Response Guidelines

Read and respond to the posts of your peers according to the guidelines in the FEM.

Address one or more of the following:

. How do thereported challenges and resolutions of your peers compare to yours?

. Do you have any suggestions that could help your peers?


Discussion Participation Scoring Guide.

Emotional Well-Being (SF-36) Study Data Set [XLSX].