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This practical textbook is a valuable supplement for courses in Research Methods and/or Statistics in departments of criminal justice or criminology. The only book of its kind, this text guides students through the process of conducting criminological data analysis.
Chapter 3: Using SPSS
Like most data analysis programs, SPSS is capable of computing many different statistical procedures with different kinds of data. This makes SPSS a very powerful and useful tool, but because of its generality, we need to specify what we want SPSS to do for us.
In many ways, SPSS is a vehicle for discovering differences and relationships in data, the same way a car is a vehicle for discovering places we have not yet visited. The car does not know where we want to go or what we want to see. We, rather than the car, plan the trip and set the direction. Similarly, when we use SPSS, we choose the data we want to explore and select the statistical procedures we want ...