DATA ANALYSIS: FIRST STEPS WORKSHEETS
You may be eager to conduct research beyond learning fundamentals like defining methods or conducting a literature review.
Now, you take another step beyond the fundamentals to explore a different area of research as you begin to analyze data. When working with numbers, ask yourself, “What do the numbers tell me—and what do the numbers not tell me?”
For this Assignment, you first complete the Welcome to SPSS Worksheet and the Descriptive Statistics Worksheet. To complete both worksheets, download the data sets from the Learning Resources and access SPSS. In these worksheets, you follow step-by-step instructions on how to run or perform descriptive statistics in SPSS. After you have conducted the descriptive statistic, you write the results in APA format in the worksheet. An example is provided in the Descriptive Statistics Worksheet.
To prepare:
· Download the data sets located in the Learning Resources.
· Access SPSS.
· Complete the Welcome to SPSS Worksheet, found in the Learning Resources.
· Complete the Descriptive Statistic Worksheet, found in the Learning Resources.
LEARNING RESOURCES
· Salkind, N. J., Frey, B. B. (2020c).
Statistics for people who (think they) hate statistics (7th ed.). Sage.
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· Part II, “Σigma Freud and Descriptive Statistics” (pp. 19–20)
· Chapter 2, “Computing and Understanding Averages” (pp. 20–40)
For this week’s Assignment, download this data set to be used with the Welcome to SPSS Worksheet:
· Salkind, N. J. (2017e).
Two groups too many? Try analysis of variance
Download Two groups too many? Try analysis of variance
[Data file]. Retrieved from
Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics by Salkind, N.J. Copyright 2016 by Sage College. Reprinted by permission of Sage College via the Copyright Clearance Center.
For this week’s Assignment, download this data set to be used with the Descriptive Statistics Worksheet:
· Salkind, N. J. (2017b).
Means to an end: Computing and understanding averages
Download Means to an end: Computing and understanding averages
[Data file]. Retrieved from
Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics by Salkind, N.J. Copyright 2016 by Sage College. Reprinted by permission of Sage College via the Copyright Clearance Center.
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Document:
Descriptive Statistics Worksheet
Download Descriptive Statistics Worksheet
(Word document)
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Document:
Welcome to SPSS Worksheet
Download Welcome to SPSS Worksheet
(Word document)
Welcome to SPSS Worksheet
SPSS System
· Make sure you have gained access to SPSS. See the online classroom for instructions.
· Download the data set found in the Learning Resources.
· Open the data set file named “Chapter 13 Data Set 1.”
Explore Layout of SPSS
· Click on each tab and look at the data.
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Data View: You will notice that there are 30 rows in the first column on the left. You will also notice that at the top of each column is a label (Group and Language Score). These are the groups and language scores from the participants. Take a look around the data, but
do not change any of the numbers, because this will change participants’ answers.
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Variable View: You will notice that there are rows and columns in this view as well. The difference is that this view describes the variables. Explore these variables to understand the numbers in the data set. For example, let’s say you wanted to know how Group was coded. You would go to the column labeled “Values” and the row labeled “Group.” Next, you would click on the right corner of the box and a little blue box would appear. Next, you would click that box to reveal a box called “Values Labels,” which would provide the values for the groups.
For this worksheet, you explore the data view and the variable view of your data set and answer the following questions. After you have answered the questions, you will upload this document in this week’s Assignment area according to the submission instructions.
Questions
How many participants are in this data set?
How is Group coded in this data set? List them.
How many total questions are in the survey, including the demographic questions?
After looking at the description written in the “Variable View” tab, column “Label,” what do you think the survey is about?
At the top of the SPSS window, there are menu item names that contain the different functions that SPSS can perform. Please list below the names of each menu item. Here is a hint: The first one is “File.”
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Descriptive Statistics Worksheet
Objective
· Run descriptive statistics
SPSS System
· Make sure you have gained access to SPSS. See the online classroom for instructions.
· Download the data set found in the Learning Resources.
· Open the data set file named “Chapter 2 Data Set 1.”
Descriptive Statistics
Follow the instructions from the
Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics textbook, Chapter 2, “Means to an End,” in the section, “Using the Computer to Compute Descriptive Statistics.”
Worksheet Assignment
Run descriptive statistics for your demographic variables following the instructions above. Identify and report the appropriate central tendencies for those variables in paragraph form using APA formatting and style.
Note: Your APA write-up will not be as detailed as the example below. Write about the data that you have.
APA Write-Up Example
The sample consisted of 120 participants. Approximately half of them were women (
n = 62), while the rest were men (
n = 58). Figure 1 shows the frequencies and percentages for ethnic status. Approximately 42% of the participants were White, and the remaining participants were relatively evenly distributed: Black (17%), Hispanic (20%), Asian (14%), and other (8%). Ten percent of the participants reported working full-time, 54% part-time, and 36% were not employed. The participants reported experiencing some form of intimate partner violence, the highest being psychological aggression (58%), followed by physical assault (47%) and sexual assault (23%).
Type your APA write-up here. |