0G406G – IBM SPSS Statistics Syntax I

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Syntax is the command language that gives instructions to SPSS Statistics on how to modify, manage, and analyze your data. Syntax programs can be used to automate repetitive tasks and perform additional options that are not available in the dialog boxes. Students will learn the rules of SPSS syntax, how to generate syntax from the dialog boxes, modify and optimize its use. The approach of the course will be that the dialog boxes and syntax are complementary.

Course Length: 1 day(s)

Course Price: $700 CAD

Available Course Formats:

  • In-class
  • Instructor Led Online
  • Self-Paced Virtual Classroom

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Course: 0G406G – IBM SPSS Statistics Syntax I

Why Syntax?

Working with Syntax

Generating Syntax from the GUI

The Syntax Editor

Managing Syntax (e.g., log syntax in the Viewer and/or a journal file; Insert syntax from file)

Syntax for Reading and Saving Data (e.g. for reading and saving SPSS Statistics data files, ExcelTM files, text files)

Syntax for Defining Variables (e.g. variable and value labels, missing values)

Syntax for Selecting Cases (e.g. filtering cases, copying selected to new dataset)

Syntax for Transformations (e.g. Compute, Visual Binning, Recode)


This intermediate course is for

  • Those who want to learn the basic skills of SPSS Statistics syntax for use in repetitive production tasks.
  • Those who are responsible for using and maintaining SPSS syntax jobs developed by others.


You should have:

  • On the job experience running SPSS Statistics using the graphical user interface (dialog boxes) or completion of the Introduction to SPSS Statistics course.
  • Familiarity with basic SPSS operations for reading and saving data, variable definition, compute and recode data transformations, frequencies and crosstabs, editing and saving results.

Instructor Led In Classroom

Newcomp can directly deliver  IBM Business Analytics courses for Business Intelligence, Performance Management, and IBM Advanced Analytics through the use of in-class training facilities.

Currently,  in-class courses are offered in Markham, Ottawa, Vancouver, Halifax, and Edmonton. Please note that classes can be added to new areas based on demand.

Instructor Led Online

Students receive the same quality as an in-class course, with a live instructor and the ability to participate in hands-on labs through real-life examples.

ILOs help cut costs by reducing time and travel as they can be taken from home or the office and require only the use of a computer, high-speed wired internet and a headset.


This course is available on-demand: request a specific course, location, time frame and/or format by reaching out to us directly at training@newcomp.com. This offering increases schedule flexibility and allows us to accommodate individuals with different availabilities.

Self Paced

Students can receive the same high-quality training, with the same courseware at their own speed and schedule with SPVC.  Individuals with busy schedules can complete a course over a 30-day timeframe at a lower price than in-class or ILO courses. Please note that there is no live interaction with an instructor in this format.