My Top 5 Free SPSS Help Web Sites

I spend a lot of time working in SPSS, and occasionally I need answers about various techniques and methods that aren’t readily available in the included documentation. Fortunately, there is a tremendous amount of free SPSS information and training materials scattered all over the web. Here are a few of my favorites.

Raynald’s SPSS Tools: Raynald has been using SPSS for over 15 years and has answered over 2,100 questios in various SPSS mailing lists. His site contains over 675 different syntax, macro and scripting examples, FAQs, a Newbie’s corner, and a support section for the SPSS book he published.

East Carolina Dept. of Psychology SPSS Guide: This page initially doesn’t look like much, but if you’re looking for information about univariate and multivariate analysis, there is a lot here to work with ranging from introductory lessons to much more advanced applications. Most of the SPSS tutorials are in the form of word documents that are quick and easy to print out as a reference.

comp.soft-sys.stat.spss: Not really a web site per se, but it is a great discussion board that contains thousands of messages on every conceivable SPSS related topic. If you have an SPSS question, odds are the answer is already here or someone can give you an answer in just a day or two. The link above takes you to google groups — you can also use a newsfeed to keep up with the latest in your favorite rss news reader.

SPSS Guide by Gil Einstein and Ken Aberethy: Alright, it is a little dated, but if you’re looking for a quick and easy to read step-by-step guide to computing a t-test, running an ANOVA, or setting up a data file, this is a good source.

Internet Guide to SPSS for Windows: This guide is well written and covers all of the basics and not so basic procedures you need to manipulate your data ranging from the basics (syntax, data files and output) to more advanced topics related to data transformation and analysis. It is very syntax oriented and reasonably old (1998), but most of what it describes still works and is helpful for understanding the software better.

If you have any others you’d like to share send me a note!

5 comments for “My Top 5 Free SPSS Help Web Sites

  1. Carlos
    December 28, 2010 at 4:19 am

    Hi, maybe you could help me. I’m trying do do a productionjob,but all i get is a Java Exception like this : “Exception in thread “Thread-11” java.lang.NullPointerException
    atcom.spss.java_client.core.documents.production.ProductionManager.output(Unknown Source) atcom.spss.java_client.core.documents.production.ProductionManager.run(Unknown Source)

    DO you have an idea what couses this exception? I couldn’t find anything through google…

  2. Surinder Mehan
    January 9, 2011 at 10:37 am

    I am studying for Masters degree at Stavanger University and need help to analyze my data. I have asked many but unfortunately i did not get any help. Those who know this program for them it will take only few minutes to analyze my data. Hope to hear from you.

  3. Rachel J
    July 3, 2011 at 12:55 am

    I have SPSS 19.0. I have four date variables that were pulled into SPSS from an Excel spreadsheet. I have them all with a data type as Date. I need to be able to do a segment analysis by year, but my current dates have dd-mmm-yyyy info. Do I need to bin? Do I need to create a new variable? If I define the dates, then I get some arbitrary date that has nothing to do with my actual dates. I have over 19,000 cases, so to do anything manually seems horrific… can you give me key? I am looking for a table that tells me in 2005, n items shipped; in 2006 n items shipped etc. It would be even better if I could analyze each year by month to do a seasonal analysis, but I can’t get over how to translate my dates into the appropriate format… HELP PLEASE!

  4. Na-Allah Abdulganiyu
    August 27, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Pls help me out, Am using spss 17.0 when i open my data edictor, my variable view appeared as data view and data view as variable ie(window). Pls provide me d steps 4 correctiön. Tanx

  5. paul jencka
    September 5, 2011 at 12:34 am

    are there any fee based spss support people who can remote view your computer.

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