Information on SPSS: video tutorials & notes

The SPSS software is available in all DePaul labs, and can be found under the Mathematics and Statistics folder in the "Start > All Programs" menu of the lab PC’s. You can also access SPSS remotely by connecting to the CDM Student Remote Desktop Servers. CDM’s Student Remote Desktop Servers allow students who cannot access lab resources or install applications on their home computers to have access to the applications they need to complete coursework. This option is only for students who have a fast Internet connection. A step-by-step introduction on how to use the CDM’s Student Remote Desktop Servers is described in the document below.

A 6-month license for SPSS (Base Grad Pack) can also be purchased at http://www.onthehub.com/spss/. In my experience, most students use SPSS on the CDM’s Student Remote Desktop Servers or in the lab computers and do NOT need to rent a copy of the software.

I created SPSS video tutorials that explain how to compute the statistical analyses explained in our course. The links to the tutorials are listed below. They are in Flash and can be viewed in any browser.

A more extensive list of SPSS video tutorials can be found at http://www-01.ibm.com/software/analytics/spss/academic/students/tutorials.html.

MODULE1: Exploratory data analysis

- A short introductory tutorial on SPSS (pdf file)
- How to import data in SPSS (Flash video) (File > Open > Data... )
- How to create histograms (Flash video) (Graphs > Legacy Dialogs > Histogram...)
- How to create boxplots (Flash video) (Graphs > Legacy Dialogs > Boxplot...)
- How to compute simple descriptive statistics (Analyze > Descriptive Statistics > Descriptives...) (Flash video)
- How to compute an exploratory data analysis including descriptive statistics, histograms, boxplots etc... (Analyze > Descriptive Statistics > Explore...) (Flash video)

MODULE 2: Density functions and normal distribution

- How to compute normal probability plots (Flash video) (Analyze > Descriptives Statistics > PP plots...)
- Example on gas mileage: Computing and interpreting normal probability plots (Flash video) (Analyze > Descriptives Statistics > Explore ...)

MODULE 3: Correlation and Regression

- Example of correlation and regression analysis in SPSS (pdf file)
- How to create a scatterplot (Graphs > Legacy Dialogs > Scatter/Dot...) (Flash video)
- How to compute a correlation analysis (Analyze > Correlate > Bivariate...) (Flash video)
- How to compute a regression analysis (Analyze > Regression > Linear...) (Flash video)
- How to compute a residual analysis to check regression assumptions (Flash video)