Guide to Get Started with SPSS

A brief overview

SPSS Statistics is a software package that deals with interactive, batched and statistical analysis used in a multitude of industries ranging from software, IT, manufacturing, fashion, media houses etc.

Currently owned by the IBM Corporation, it has gained immense use in all of these industries due to many reasons like easy interface, no requirement of prior knowledge on statistics and hence easy use by any user, advanced statistic features that aid in solving various data problems etc.

This package can solve problems starting from basic levels like mean, mode, median, standard deviation to the complex ones like distribution, linear programming, factor analysis, chi-square test etc. Hence an in-depth knowledge of this software is a must and this article lays an overview of the installation of this along with a brief description on what kind of help with SPSS you could get.

Help with SPSS

Installation steps for Windows users

The following are some easy steps for the easy installation of SPSS for Windows users:

● Downloading the installation file of the package from the official website of the software vault of IBM

● Launching the file and following up the instructions accordingly to begin the process

● Accepting the Python package confirmation during the time of installation

● Post completion, selecting the option of launch to start the software for license authorization

● Clicking on license status option, going to product authorization and entering the license code to complete the authorization of the product. Post this step, the product runs successfully on the system.

For the users of other OS, similar steps can be followed and the detailed guide can be found easily on the official website of the SPSS.

Help with SPSS

Help from the online forums

There are a number of dedicated forums to provide online coaching and detailed guidance regarding help with spss. These forums can provide well described and simple video and text lectures on the use of the package in different languages, regular assessment in the form of assignments, continuous doubt clearing sessions and sub-forums for active discussion among the members. The contents of the package basically include the following:

● Introduction to the window and tools of SPSS

● Introduction to SPSS variable types and formats of their usage

● Simple statistics like calculation of mean, median, mode, variance, and standard deviation

● Curve fitting and regression tools

● ANOVA, parametric and non-parametric tests for the data interpretation

● Conduction of the various data tests like factor analysis, chi-square, rank correlation, mean square weighted, regression, Spearman’s ranks etc.

Support help

Even the support help with spss is also available quite easily over the online forums and can be availed in the following manner:

● Visiting the website of IBM community and signing in with IBM ID

● Choosing the SPSS product and opening up the case

● Filling up the required details and then submitting to send a notification to the support team regarding the problem of the user

This help can also be availed over the phone by directly calling the customer care that can direct your grievances to the requisite personnel.

Cannot Find Good Help On Statistics, For The Life Of Me, What Am I Doing Wrong?

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You are not alone. Lots of people need help with stats but they don’t find what they are looking for. That is usually the case because you are probably looking at the wrong place. Let me give you an example that may be a bit exaggerated, but it will make my point across: So you’re lost in your stats class and you need help. So you go to the library and start working around down the halls and aisles, asking random people, “do you want to be my stats study partner?”

After 3 hours of trying to find someone, you give up as nobody responded to you call to become your stats partner. That would be silly, right? But that is what some people are doing: they need help on their statistics homework, but they are looking for down the aisles in the library for the solution. They don’t find anyone and they call it quits.

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Looking for something in the wrong place can be discouraging but some people do not know better. There are some clear options to get what you need: Go talk to your instructor and see if he/she can help. Or go talk to your teaching assistant or discussion leader, see if anything can be done. Did not work? How about hiring a local stats tutor to help you? Did not work? How about getting an online service? The options are there, all you need to do is to get around your head that u need to try them all, until you find something that suits you.

Your Instructor Could Be Your Key

Can you instructor help you out of the bind? That would be logical option, but there is a problem: students do not open up with their instructors, and they just nod as they explain stuff, no matter if they are understanding or not (usually they are not understanding). So that is too bad, because the instructor should be the mediator to get this problem solved: suggest you resources, books, etc. Then when you need help with your statistics assignment, the one person that can help is the person you will instinctively won’t listen to. That is how it works?

Is your discussion leader more likely to help? It could be. Students will tend to open up with them a bit more, but it depends. I have seen students that would not do anything without asking their T.A., from what chapters from the book will be covered in quiz, to whether or not she can put out a handout for the test, to asking tips on how to do their homework. But majority of students do not feel totally confident telling their T.A.’s that they are not understanding the material. Too bad because after the instructor, the T.A. is the second best option.

Now if you ask me, I think it is instinctively smart to not to feel comfortable admitting that you are lost in front of the T.A. or the instructor, after all those two people will be grading your papers, so why would you let them know that your lost? Let them find that out by themselves. That is smart if you ask me.