Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2007 14:25:53 -0700
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Subject: Re: Data entry
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I use Excel because it makes it so much easier to check that I have entered
the data correctly. I have my research assistants enter the data twice,
and then Excel compares them. If the two series of entries are identical
and no values are outside the allowable range for those items, then the
data is probably correct. Once the two sets of entries agree for all
participants, then it is easy to copy and paste the data into SPSS for
The basic idea of typing the data twice and making sure that the two sets
of entries agree can be easily implemented in any spreadsheet program and
in any operating system, and setting up the system from scratch is pretty
easy, once you have the basic idea.
To make it even easier, I have an Excel template that I give to graduate
students, so they can set up data entry spreadsheets for their own studies.
I'll send a copy of the template to your personal email address. If anyone
else wants a copy of it, just email me directly. I can also send you a
conference presentation in which I talk about this template.
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I was wondering what folks prefer to use for data entry. Excel?
Access? Does SPSS have a data entry package? I don't like using Excel
because of the ease of making errors and I am on a Mac which doesn't
support Access, though I have access to Access. What do y'all do?