- Spiral-bound: 368 pages
- Publisher: Open University Press; 4 edition (1 Nov. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0335242391
- ISBN-13: 978-0335242399
- Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 2.7 x 25.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Spss Survival Manual: A step by step guide to data analysis using SPSS Spiral-bound – 1 Nov 2010
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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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-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.Read more ›
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.
If I had PhD students, this would be their welcome gift on their first day. Essential.
The guide itself is a very practical approach to analysis and data mining - starting with getting the data in shape. I have been involved in a few projects where getting the data in a usable format has taken up over 90% of the total time. It then goes on to preliminary analysis, which is a very good idea, as many projects of this nature find nothing of statistical significance - I have been told by industry experts that two-thirds find nothing at all.
We are then on to look at descriptive statistics, which can be very useful and using graphs to look at the data. Then it's on to the real "meat" of the subject - with sections on things like correlation, regression, t-tests, chi-squared test etc. The book is generously illustrated with graphs and charts showing the kind of output you can expect and it is all split into logical chunks that are easy on the eye.
All in all, I found this book very useful to have on your desk, when using SPSS - although of course it's not much use to anyone who doesn't own this software or use it at work. I couldn't fault the approach, although I would have liked it to go further with visualisation and the kind of "add-ons" that are included in the software. I also would have liked some actual examples to work through - many other books on this subject include CDs with data sets and things to try. This book is a basic introduction, which is ideal for beginners, but it could have given you more.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 20 months ago by Pen Name
Bought for university as I am a Psychology student. Very informative and lays out the information very well. Easy to use. Read morePublished 24 months ago by becccci
Lucidly, simply & gradually unravels the complexity of stats until you realise that you're actually starting to enjoy it all!Published on 21 Jan. 2014 by m a l durtnall
Very good, extremely useful. Great for uni studies. Good examples provided. Good companion to Andy Fields book. Z z zPublished on 25 Nov. 2013 by Cloggy
i choose this , as i found this very useful and able to input data on to my spss table without any help . a must havePublished on 15 Nov. 2013 by jacques
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 morePublished on 27 Sept. 2013 by Amazon Customer
...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 on 19 July 2013 by Clive 'Badger' Budden
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 morePublished on 5 July 2013 by M. Torske
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