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SPSS survival manual: a step by step guide to data analysis using IBM SPSS Spiral-bound – 1 May 2013

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  • Spiral-bound: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Open University Press; 5 edition (1 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0335262589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0335262588
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 2.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Julie Pallant has spent many years helping students overcome 'statistics phobia'. She is Associate Professor and 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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Very good...arrived on time.
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An excellent life-saving book for people like me who are not mathematical. Im doing a PhD but have no idea whatsoever about stats. This has shown me how. Great book. Thanks Julie. Neil
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An easy read and an excellent manual to make life easier for those using specific features of the SPSS for the first time or for those just simply new to SPSS and statistics.
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This book really lives up to its name. Julie Pallant takes you through the requirements for preparing your data for analysis and gives you tips on how to manipulate them. The quick tour through basic statistics is a life-saver that gives you the confidence to proceed with the appropriate statistical testing. The step-by-step 'idiots guide', telling you which button to press next, takes the hassle out of data analysis. You are also provided with a 'hand-holding' guide to explain exactly what your output means. The book is logically set-out with a table summarising the various statistical tests and their uses, together with a basic explanation of what each test is providing for you in terms of statistical analysis. There are also plenty of references to guide you to more advanced texts, should you require them. I highly recommend this book to any MBA student carrying out a dissertation project, or anyone who needs some basic help with using SPSS and data analysis techniques. Julie Pallant, I really hope that you are considering writing some basic statistical textbooks because they would be incredibly useful.
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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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For someone who is not only scared by stats but is also pretty clueless about them (like me), this book is brilliant! Whether you have never opened SPSS before or whether you have some basic knowledge but not enough to do what you need, this book fits the bill. The writing is clear and easy to understand, with no jargon and useful examples, the boxes that show how to perform the analysis is just as clear and when used in conjunction with the datasets on the website provide peace of mind on how simple it all is!

I would recommend this book to anyone who needs to use SPSS for any type of research (especially at undergraduate dissertation level) as it provides really clear and relevant help on all aspects of SPSS from getting to grips with the programme itself through to inputting the data, choosing the right statistic to analyse your data, and of course how to analyse it and interpret the results.

Quite simply, brilliant!
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This book is very clear and easy to understand. Very little statistical knowledge is required to progress through the text, as key concepts are well defined in the introductions to each section. This book would be perfect for undergraduates who are just starting with statistics, but could also be a helpful quick reference to have around for those with more advanced statistical knowledge. There are some higher level statistical techniques that are not covered in this text that other books may touch on (multilevel modelling for example) - however, this book is aimed at those just starting out with SPSS and statistics and covers the major analyses typically encountered in research or coursework.

Although parts of the book can be a bit text heavy, a step-by-step how to is included for each statistical test outlined in the book so it is possible to skip ahead if needed (and it is still less text heavy than other stats/SPSS books I have used!)

There are also detailed instructions on how to interpret the output of your analyses, including information on how to present the results, which are ideal for those who do not have much experience with scientific publications or scientific writing style.

I was particularly pleased to see a section regarding how to choose the correct statistical test to use, as many undergraduate courses (and even masters courses) gloss over this process.

The spiral binding allows for the book to be laid open on your desk, which is quite helpful as you're working through an analysis. The cover is a bit flimsy though, and easily bent/tattered - would have been good to have a hardback (although more expensive).

Overall, this book is a great resource for £30. I would definitely recommend to anyone starting out with SPSS!
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