Quantitative Data Analysis with SPSS Release 10 for Windows: A Guide for Social Scientists

Quantitative Data Analysis with SPSS Release 10 for Windows: A Guide for Social Scientists

Quantitative Data Analysis with SPSS Release 10 for Windows: A Guide for Social Scientists

Quantitative Data Analysis with SPSS Release 10 for Windows: A Guide for Social Scientists

Synopsis

The latest edition of this best-selling textbook has been completely updated to accommodate the needs of users of SPSS Release 10 for Windows. As with previous editions, the authors provide a non-technical approach to quantitative data analysis and a user-friendly introduction to the widely used SPSS for Windows software package. They assume no previous familiarity with either statistics or computing, but take readers step-by-step through techniques.

Excerpt

In this book, we introduce readers to the main techniques of statistical analysis employed by psychologists and sociologists. However, we do not see the book as a standard introduction to statistics. We see it as distinctively different because we are not concerned to introduce the often complex formulae that underlie the statistical methods covered. Students often find these formulae and the calculations that are associated with them extremely daunting, especially when their background in mathematics is weak. Moreover, in these days of powerful computers and packages of statistical programs, it seems gratuitous to put students through the anxiety of confronting complex calculations when machines can perform the bulk of the work. Indeed, most practitioners employ statistical packages that are run on computers to perform their calculations, so there seems little purpose in treating formulae and their application as a rite de passage for social scientists. Moreover, few students would come to understand fully the rationale for the formulae that they would need to learn. Indeed, we prefer the term ‘quantitative data analysis’ to ‘statistics’ because of the adverse image that the latter term has in the minds of many prospective readers.

In view of the widespread availability of statistical packages and computers, we feel that the two areas which students need to get to grips with are how to decide which statistical procedures are suitable for which purpose and how to interpret the ensuing results. We try to emphasise these two elements in this book.

In addition, the student needs to get to know how to operate the computer and in particular how to use the computer software needed to perform the statistical procedures described in this book. To this end, we introduce students to what is probably the most widely used suite of programs for statistical analysis in the social sciences - the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). This package was first developed in the 1960s and was the first major attempt to provide software for the social scientist. It has since undergone numerous revisions and refinements. the first two editions of this book (Bryman and Cramer, 1990, 1994) dealt with versions of spss that were designed for mainframe computers or for the Microsoft operating system MS-DOS. a few years ago, a version of spss was developed to operate within the widely used Microsoft Windows environment. This too has undergone a number of revisions. the next edition of this book

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