This book is designed to help the managers and researchers in solving statistical problems using SPSS and to help them understand how they can use various statistical tools for their own research problems. SPSS is a very powerful and user friendly computer package for data analyses. It can take data from most other file-types and generate tables, charts, plots, and descriptive statistics, and conduct complex statistical analyses. This book will help students, business managers, academics as well as practicing researchers to solve statistical problems using the latest version of SPSS (16.0). After providing a brief overview of SPSS and basic statistical concepts, the book covers: Descriptive statistics t-tests, chi-square tests, and ANOVACorrelation analysisMultiple and logistics regressionFactor analysis and testing scale reliabilityAdvanced data handling
Chapter 3: Summarizing Data: Descriptive Statistics
Summarizing Data: Descriptive Statistics
A manager in his day-to-day operations requires as much information as possible about the business performance, economic environment, and industry trends to be able to make the right decisions. With the advancement in the field of information and communication technologies, it has become much easier to capture data and a huge amount of data is available with the organizations. However, the sheer amount of data makes it virtually impossible to comprehend it in its raw form. Descriptive statistics are used to summarize and present this data in a meaningful manner so that the underlying information is easily understood.
This chapter presents some of the tools for summarizing various kinds of data with the help of SPSS and MS Excel. ...