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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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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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-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.
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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