Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Pearson; 6 edition (August 27, 2010)
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I picked this book up as an ancillary textbook for one of my PhD Statistics classes. This is NOT a statistics textbook. It IS a solid SPSS textbook that will walk you through many/most of the common and basic tests. It also happens to be a fantastic reference for writing up results in APA format. A lot of books are absolutely horrendous with APA formatting, and this one gives sample sections for reporting results for the type of test covered in each chapter.I have the GradPack version of SPSS, and I bought the older version of this book specifically for the overview of SPSS procedures and the APA examples. The 6th edition is written for SPSS version 18.00. I'm currently using SPSS Version 23 on my MacBook Pro, and most of the machines in our lab are PCs running Version 22 or 23. All the examples that I looked at are the same, or it's easy to figure out the changes in the newer version of SPSS. One of my professors suggested that we buy an older version of the book, since not much has changed with the main statistical functions that we are using.
Using SPSS for Windows and Macintosh: Analyzing and Understanding Data is a good book for those wanting to learn how to do different types of data analysis in SPSS. It's informative and uses clear screenshots and examples. Get the most recent version for the best coverage, as SPSS changes from time to time.
This book provides a great overview of the use of SPSS, and is extremely useful whether you are new to the program, out just looking to brush up. Great detailed instructions on how to do most every basic analysis on SPSS.
Okay, well, I needed it for a class, but I will hang on to it because it's easy to understand and accessible for future reference. If you don't have to learn SPSS, stick with Excel! It's much easier.
To be a stat application book it is easy to read and understand. The author provided detail, step by step instruction to help you grasp the fundamentals of the SPSS application. It is less complex than Excel. It a must buy!Enjoy
This book has been so much more helpful than SPSS online instructions. It gives assumptions for each type of statistical function, as well as step-by-step instructions, examples, and APA style reporting of results. The one drawback is that the references to online practice examples are disabled. I do not know if this is a temporary or permanent condition.
I have used this book for a couple of years. It's very useful for relatively novice-level work. I still use it for picking and interpreting statistical tests, and it is very useful in writing APA-style conclusions. In my experience, it's really rare to find a book that does such a good job of presenting complicated information in an approachable and understandable way.However, most of my SPSS problems these days go into far more depth than the book can cover. For example, the book does not get into the writing of syntax and the various related issues. So while the book makes it easy to get started importing records or aggregating data, for example, you might leave it behind to start doing things that are more complicated (and more powerful).
I like that in most, not all, of the chapters there is a picture of what the screen should look like. This should be done in every chapter. I had to go on line to find screen pictures for chapters that did not show what the screen should look like.
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