Posts by Joe Glines

SPSS Variable and Value Labels: A Quick Tutorial

After spending many years and countless hours working with SPSS data exports, I’ve developed hundreds of custom SPSS scripts, syntax, and macros that automate a wide variety of tasks. My hope is that I can save you some of that time by sharing this insider knowledge with you. Starting to work with syntax can seem…

A Guide to Creating and Manipulating Survey Variables Using SPSS

When originally created in 1968, SPSS stood for Statistical Package for the Social Sciences, but this data analysis technique has since been widely adopted by many other fields too. SPSS can provide some robust and exciting data manipulation options, but only if you’ve set your survey up to take advantage of these capabilities. For those…

Converting Survey Variables with SPSS Syntax

With its emphasis on analyzing statistical data, SPSS is a powerful tool for manipulating survey data. It is, however, an intricate process that demands a high level of expertise. In this article Joe Glines, an SPSS pro with years of experience in data analysis, offers his quick tricks on how to manipulate the SPSS data…

Recording States into Regions with SPSS

Often when conducting surveys, you would like to slice your data in regards to specific territories/regions. This can be achieved manually sorting your data and creating groups however; syntax can speed up the process and be reused over and over. In the example below I’m recoding the State variable provided by SurveyGizmo. (Incidentally, SurveyGizmo is…

SPSS Analysis Tips: The Temporary Command

Working as a research supplier can be challenging, especially when the client is a large company with many decision makers. Most of my clients are senior-level business managers that have a preferred way to view data (Mean, Top-2 box, Top-box, Bottom-3 box, etc.) In fact, it is rare that I don’t have to create the…