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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.

Describing a Variable
Describing a variable

Let's start analyzing some data now. You'll need to launch the SPSS program as described in Chapter 3. Double-click the SPSS icon or use the “Start” button to find SPSS to get things going. Once SPSS has been activated, click “OK” to open an existing data file with “more files” highlighted. You'll be given a list of files to choose from. You should have your saved “2004GSS.SAV” file on your computer now (from instructions given in Section 3.1). If for some reason you don't have a file called “2004GSS.SAV,” be sure to open the “2004GSS.SAV” file from the Web site and use the “Save As” command under the “File” menu to save the file as “2004GSS.SAV” on your computer.

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