SPSS Tutorial

This tutorial is for SPSS Version 20. (This tutorial can also be used with previous versions of SPSS.)

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Want to use the same data as the tutorial?

Some of the exercises use data modified from the 2012 General Social Survey. If you would like to follow along with the same data, you can download the file here.


SPSS Basics

Getting Started: Three Windows


Open and Merge Files


Saving Files



Using the Data Editor


The Edit Menu and Toolbar


Sort and Filter Data

Descriptives Analysis

Central Tendency


Dispersion and Variability


Distribution and Normality



Frequency Analysis

Frequency Tables


Frequency Charts

Hypothesis Testing






Regressions and Correlations

Pearson's r


Simple Linear Regression





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