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SPSS Survival Manual: A step by step guide to data analysis using SPSS [Spiral-bound]

Julie Pallant
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1 Nov 2010 0335242391 978-0335242399 4
"It reads as though someone is sitting next to you conversing with you and taking you through it ... It has a reassuring tone. Julie Pallant writes in a kind and inclusive way which students appreciate."
Sue Thorpe, Lecturer in Research Methods, Department of Psychology, University of Surrey, UK.

"Its key strengths are clarity, clear English, clear explanations, and clear examples. What this book does well is to provide easy, straightforward explanations."
Martin Lea, Senior Lecturer, School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester, UK.

"An excellent introduction to using SPSS for data analysis... It provides a self-contained resource itself, with more than simply (detailed and clear) step-by-step descriptions of statistical procedures in SPSS. There is also a wealth of tips and advice, and for each statistical technique a brief, but consistently reliable, explanation is provided."
Associate Professor George Dunbar, Department of Psychology, University of Warwick, UK.

Julie Pallant's SPSS Survival Manual throws a lifeline to students and researchers grappling with this data analysis software.

In this thoroughly revised edition of her bestselling text, now covering up to version 18 of the SPSS software, Julie Pallant guides you through the entire research process, helping you choose the right data analysis technique for your project.

From the formulation of research questions, to the design of the study and analysis of data, to reporting the results, Julie discusses basic and advanced statistical techniques. She outlines each technique clearly, with easy to follow step-by-step procedures for performing the analysis, a detailed guide to interpreting data output and an example of how to present the results in a report. In this fourth edition all chapters have been updated to accommodate changes to SPSS procedures, screens and output. A number of additional techniques (McNemar's Test, Cochran's Q Test) have been included in the Non_parametric Statistics chapter.For both beginners and experienced users in psychology, sociology, health sciences, medicine, education, business and related disciplines, the SPSS Survival Manual is THE essential guide. Illustrated with screen grabs, examples of output and tips, it is supported by a website with sample data and guidelines on report writing.

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  • Spiral-bound: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Open University Press; 4 edition (1 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0335242391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0335242399
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 22 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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Julie Pallant has spent many years helping students overcome 'statistics phobia'. She is Director of Research and Graduate Studies in the Rural Health Academic Centre at the University of Melbourne. She has worked as a counselling psychologist, and has taught psychology, statistics and research methods at a number of universities.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Assumes quite a lot 9 Feb 2011
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In general, I think you can never have too many statistics textbooks, and this one is a reasonable addition to your shelf. The text proceeds through the basic assumptions of the commonest statistical tests you'd find in e.g. a social sciences research methods class, and is an OK guide to the use and interpretation of SPSS's output in response. There are a few things you should be aware of, though :

-The nature of the SPSS output is explained in, mostly, 1-3 solid pages of text which aren't well-segmented or placed under headings, and thus not particularly easy to read through - you're tacitly nudged towards reading through the entire 3 pages, whereas you may simply want to refer to something specific for a moment instead.

-The language used throughout requires a moderate degree of statistical knowledge to interpret in the first place.

-There are a few places where you'll read "this is outwith the scope of this book", which, while true, is not exactly helpful, although you will be pointed towards other, more comprehensive sources of further reading.

-There are one or two fairly definitive proclamations in the text which should be taken with a grain of salt; although a mathematical procedure, statistics and their interpretations are rather rarely absolutely definitive; often, it's implications rather than irrefutable prediction. For example, the note that one should "never" replace a missing variable with a column mean (p127) is more or less opinion than fact - there are times when it can be useful. Similarly, the cautionary note regarding interpreting correlation results from restricted populations (p124) isn't an absolutely cut and dried matter either.

In all, this is a decent reference book for the price.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A survival manual as the name suggests 3 May 2011
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This book is an excellent guide to SPSS, or to be very specific IBM SPSS version 18. It is not an exhaustive volume containing in index-like detail all of the commands or purposes SPSS could be used for. Instead it provides a user-focussed approach to the software from the first principals of designing and collecting numeric data, to basic analytical techniques through to more complex procedures from regression at the simpler end to Factor Analysis. Very usefully the book not only describes how to conduct statistical analyses' but also how to interpret the results from SPSS.

Any software manual is at the mercy of program updates. SPSS is currently now at version 19, but the book remains largely unaffected by the software's revision. In part this is because it is not a description of every menu and option but deals with real applications of SPSS. For new users, or those who haven't used SPSS for a while, I'd recommend it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reference 25 Mar 2011
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This most recent edition of Julie Pallant's SPSS bible (I had an earlier version as a student many moons ago) continues to combine a number of essential elements: clear explanations of different use cases for SPSS; guides on interpreting the (often voluminous and poorly labelled) output; and example data files (from real studies) to practice on. Obviously this has been upgraded for more recent versions of SPSS (which for some reason have got worse interfaces since being acquired by IBM), but most significantly for daily use, the whole book is in a spiral-bound format rather than a traditional paperback or hardback textbook. Anyone who has actually tried to work from a computer while reading from a reference manual next to them should appreciate this concession to practitioners - who owns a paperweight anymore?

If I had PhD students, this would be their welcome gift on their first day. Essential.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I teach research masters and doctoral students how to conduct business research. Much of the teaching in this field is high level and abstract, but students stumble because they don't think through what has to take place, or because they don't pay attention to having clear, vetted data. This book provides essential and practical support for such students - so they are less likely to produce 'rubbish' research because of failure to attend to the housekeeping. Julie's book contributes to better university research, and ultimately to clear thinking and practical innovation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource 2 May 2011
By melanie
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For those of you like me who needed a readable understandable book on how to do SPSS- this is the one for you. It was recommended by my tutor and worth every penny!
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5.0 out of 5 stars SPSSuper!!!! 4 Jan 2012
Perfect book!! Analyzes everything in the SPSS software, with guide so as to know where to start from!!!With images explaining everything you'd like to know
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible! 28 Dec 2011
I am using this book to help me write up my statistics for my PhD. I gave up maths at 16 with a B at GCSE level, so to find a book that guides you through doing complex stats with absolute ease is incredible. It not only tells you what to do and why, but it also tells you how to write it up! If I have to use SPSS further in my academic career then I am buying this book! I have looked through a number of books on SPSS and stats, and this is by a long stretch the clearest and most useful. Ok, the downside to this book is that is isn't going to teach you SPSS for very advanced statisticians. But I am not one and never will be. I use SPSS as a tool to get my work done and nothing more. For what I need this book is perfect.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not dispatched yet!!!
Almost a month! And the book is not dispatched!!! We had to analyse the data with an expert in SPSS and we've paid them money!!
Published 4 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars great!
Bought for university as I am a Psychology student. Very informative and lays out the information very well. Easy to use. Read more
Published 8 months ago by becccci
5.0 out of 5 stars SPSS saved my STATS and helped me enjoy statistics!
Lucidly, simply & gradually unravels the complexity of stats until you realise that you're actually starting to enjoy it all!
Published 9 months ago by m a l durtnall
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Very good, extremely useful. Great for uni studies. Good examples provided. Good companion to Andy Fields book. Z z z
Published 11 months ago by Cloggy
5.0 out of 5 stars its a brilliant book
i choose this , as i found this very useful and able to input data on to my spss table without any help . a must have
Published 11 months ago by jacques
5.0 out of 5 stars Best SPSS book
Thank you Ms Pallant for making life so much easier than it might otherwise have been. I'm an SPSS dunce and always have been. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one to get...
...but only if you're a total nerdface. You might do better to seek online help (LAERD) than try to plough your way through this.
Published 15 months ago by Clive 'Badger' Budden
5.0 out of 5 stars It really helps you to survive!
Just starting out on my PhD, with my supervisor on the other side of the globe for the first four months, this book has been invaluable in getting started with SPSS. Read more
Published 15 months ago by M. Torske
5.0 out of 5 stars PhD necessity
This book got me through my PhD statistics. Easy to follow with clearly written information. I will use it for the rest of my life!
Published 16 months ago by Dr K Yarnell
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
it's an SPSS made easy book that contain all what you need to start analysing your data. strongly recommend it
Published 17 months ago by Abdullah Almilaibary
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