IBM SPSS Statistics 18 Made Simple

This two-colour new edition of one of the most widely read textbooks in its field introduces the reader to data analysis with the most versatile statistical package on the market: IBMSPSS Statistics 18.

Although each new release of SPSS Statistics features new options and improvements, there remains a core of fundamental operating principles which apply to all the versions issued in recent years.

This friendly and informal book combines simplicity and clarity of presentation with a comprehensive treatment of the use of IBMSPSS Statistics 18 for the description, exploration and interpretation of data. As in earlier editions, coverage has been extended to address the issues raised by readers since the previous edition. This edition, for example, by request, describes the use of the AMOS package for path analysis and confirmatory factor analysis.

Each statistical technique is presented in a realistic research context and is fully illustrated with screen shots of SPSS dialog boxes and output. The first chapter sets the scene with a survey of typical research situations, key terms and clear signposts to the location of each technique in the book. It provides guidance on the choice of statistical techniques, and advice (based on the American Psychological Association's guidelines) on how to report the results of statistical analyses. The next chapters introduce the reader to the use of SPSS, beginning with the entry, description and exploration of data. There is also a full description of the capabilities of the versatile Chart Builder. Each of the remaining chapters concentrates on one particular kind of research situation and the statistical techniques that are appropriate.