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In this course, author Barton Poulson takes a practical, visual, and non-mathematical approach to the basics of statistical concepts and data analysis in SPSS, the statistical package for business, government, research, and academic organization. From importing spreadsheets to creating regression models to exporting presentation graphics, this course covers all the basics, with an emphasis on clarity, interpretation, communicability, and application.
Before we get going, let me mention something about versioning in SPSS. SPSS has been around for over 40 years and has been revised frequently. It's even has changed its name a few times, from Statistical Package for the Social Sciences--hence the initials SPSS--to just the letters SPSS, to Predictive Analytic Software, or PASW, and then since it was purchased by IBM a few years ago, it has been known as IBM SPSS Statistics. Now, the movies for this course were created with Version 19 of SPSS, and new versions roll along about once per year now.
However, only one of the movies in this course relies on any features that are brand new to this version of SPSS-- that's the movie on automatic linear modeling by the way--and even then, I show how to do the same things using commands that have been in essentially every version of SPSS ever made. Everything else in this course relies on procedures that have been in SPSS for at least several years and several versions. So while this course was created using the current version of SPSS, it applies almost universally to previous versions of SPSS and no doubt to future versions of SPSS as well.
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