How to Use SPSS to Analyze Data

By Techwalla Contributor

SPSS is a complete and comprehensive system for analyzing data. SPSS can take any type of file and use the information to tabulate reports, charts, plots and trends. Most people aren't familiar with SPSS. Although the program is complex, you can learn the basics of SPSS for data analysis.

Step 1

Launch SPSS. The Data Editor window will open. The variable names appear in the list dialogs. It's usually best when these variable titles are in alphabetical order, so you may have to change the order.

Step 2

From the "Edit" menu, select "Options." Then select the "General" tab. Select "Display labels" in the Variables list group. Select "Alphabetical" and then click "OK" twice.

Step 3

Open a Data File. To do so, go to the "File" menu and select "Open" and "Data." The Open File dialog will display. Double-click the "Tutorial" folder, double-click "sample file_folders," click the file "demo.sav" and click "Open." From the "View" menu, select "Value Labels."

Step 4

Run an Analysis. To do so, go to the "Analyze" menu and select "Descriptive Statistics" and "Frequencies." The Frequencies dialog will be displayed and the icons will provide the information needed about the data type and level of measurement.