Date: Wed, 8 Jan 1997 07:14:17 -0500
Reply-To: "William B. Ware" <wbware@EMAIL.UNC.EDU>
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From: "William B. Ware" <wbware@EMAIL.UNC.EDU>
Subject: Re: transforming data
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On Sun, 5 Jan 1997, Kylesma wrote:
> Ok- here is a question that probably seems rather simple for you who have
> much more experience with SPSS than I, but as a neophyte I am in desperate
> need of some of your expertise since the documentation for this package
> leaves something to be desired.
If you think that the documentation for SPSS "leaves something to be
desired," then you are _truly" a neophyte! Actually, SPSS has a long
history of being the best documented statistics package available! You
need to look at some of the others!!!
> I have a distribution which is slightly, negatively skewed. How do I
> convert or transform the data to a normal distribution so I can then
> properly analyse it????
Can you tell me more about the problem? What is the measure of skew?
What is the standard error? Is there only one group, or are there more?
What do you consider to be a "proper" analysis? In short, if you can tell
"us" more about your problem and its greater context, I am certain that
"we" can give you some more specific suggestions...
William B. Ware, Professor and Chair Educational Psychology
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