Using SPSS for Social Statistics and Research Methods

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Pine Forge Press, Feb 25, 2009 - Social Science - 115 pages
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Ideal as a companion to a statistics or research methods text or as a stand-alone guide, Using SPSS for Social Statistics and Research Methods shows readers how to use SPSS software in statistical data analysis. This fully updated Second Edition features images and directions drawn from SPSS Version 17.0 and now uses the latest version of the GSS (General Social Survey) as a secondary data set.

New and Continuing Features

  • Offers a fully updated graphics chapter that highlights new features available in SPSS 17.0, including information on alternative routes to creating graphics
  • Includes updated examples, screenshots, and tables throughout
  • Briefly introduces statistical techniques before moving on to demonstrations
  • Offers new or expanded discussions of regression, correlation, t-test, chi-square, lambda, gamma/somers’ d, and ANOVA
  • Uses several kinds of computer files including data files, output files, and syntax files
  • Covers a wide range of data analysis topics to help students who are working independently on a research proposal, project, or paper

This supplementary text is designed as a manual for SPSS use for social statistics and research methods classes and is an excellent companion to any undergraduate statistics or research methods textbook. It will also serve as a useful reference for those learning to use the SPSS software for the first time.


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Transforming Variables 13
Selecting and Sampling Cases 27
Organization and Presentation of Information 33
Charts and Graphs 43
CrossTabulation and Measures of Association
Correlation and Regression Analysis 73
Testing Hypotheses Using Means and CrossTabulation 83
Analysis of Variance 95
Editing Output 101
Advanced Applications 109
About the Author 115

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William E. Wagner, III, PhD, is a Professor of Sociology at California State University Channel Islands. Prior to coming to CSU Channel Islands, he served as a member of the faculty and Director of the Institute for Social and Community Research at California State University Bakersfield. He completed his PhD in sociology at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Dr. Wagner also holds an undergraduate degree in mathematics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, as well as an MPH degree (Master of Public Health) from CSU Northridge. He has published in national and regional scholarly journals on topics such as urban sociology, homophobia, academic status, sports, and public health. Dr. Wagner is coauthor (with Earl Babbie, Fred S. Halley, and Jeanne Zaino) of the eighth edition of Adventures in Social Research (2012), published by SAGE. Dr. Wagner can be located on the Web at or

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