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Date:         Thu, 28 May 2009 10:28:05 -0400
Reply-To:     "H. Lawrence Hotchkiss" <larryh@zebra.us.udel.edu>
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From:         "H. Lawrence Hotchkiss" <larryh@ZEBRA.US.UDEL.EDU>
Subject:      SPSS syntax
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On learning spss syntax, don't forget two easy ways to do it continually:

1. Use the Paste button after going through the menus. This puts the syntax generated by the menus into a syntax editor. You can then see how to do your analysis with syntax, modify the syntax to suit revised analyses, and, maybe best of all, save it for a record of what you did and for easy repeatability later (save syntax also possible from the menus).

2. From the help menu, select "Command Syntax Reference." There also is a tutorial and a selection called "Topics" that are useful.

There are a coulple of drawbacks of the Paste option. The formatting is not pretty -- makes it a little awkward to read, and all (most) of the defaults are pasted explicitly into the syntax, making it necessary to separate the "wheat from the chaffe."

Larry Hotchkiss

------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dear list,

Can anyone please recommend texts, sites, et al. for learning syntax (i have a basic level of familiarity with spss syntax and r programming). In advance thank-you kindly for your time and any recommendations.

Leah Quinlivan BA MS.c. PhD Scholar Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health Research St. Vincents University Hospital Elm Park Dublin 4 Ireland Phone: +353 1 2773354 Mobile: +353 87 9674719 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Larry Hotchkiss University of Delaware IT User Services -- Smith Hall Newark, DE 19716 302-831-1989 larryh@zebra.us.udel.edu

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