0G504G – Introduction to IBM SPSS Statistics

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Introduction to IBM SPSS Statistics guides students through the fundamentals of using IBM SPSS Statistics for typical data analysis process. Students will learn the basics of reading data, data definition, data modification, and data analysis and presentation of analytical results. Students will also see how easy it is to get data into IBM SPSS Statistics so that you can focus on analyzing the information. In addition to the fundamentals, students will learn shortcuts that will help them save time. This course uses the IBM SPSS Statistics Base features.

Course Length: 2 day(s)

Course Price: $1400 CAD

Available Course Formats:

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

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Course: 0G504G – Introduction to IBM SPSS Statistics

Introducing IBM SPSS Statistics

  • Explain the basic steps of data analysis using IBM SPSS Statistics
  • Describe the roles of the primary windows within IBM SPSS Statistics
  • Describe the basic layout of IBM SPSS Statistics dialog boxes

Reading Data

  • Describe the choices on the File menu to read and save data files
  • Read Excel files
  • Read from an Access database
  • Read delimited text files

Variable Properties

  • Describe all of the variable properties
  • Define variable properties in the Variable View window
  • Define variable properties using the Define Variable Properties dialog
  • Save variable properties with data in an IBM SPSS Statistics data file
  • View variable properties interactively using Variables Utility
  • View variable properties in tables using Display Data Dictionary facility and Codebook procedure

Working with the Data Editor

  • Use features in the Data Editor
  • Use Spell Checker
  • Insert, delete, and move variables and cases
  • Use Split Screen View
  • Copy information from one dataset to another
  • Use the Copy Data Properties feature

Modifying Data Values: Recode

  • Use the features of Visual Binning to group a scale variable
  • Use the features of Recode into a Different Variable for categorical variables
  • Use Automatic Recode to recode long string variables

Modifying Data Values: Compute

  • Use Compute Variable to create a new variable based on a logical expression
  • Create new variables with numeric expressions
  • Create new variables with conditional numeric expressions

Summarizing Individual Variables

  • Define Levels of Measurement
  • Use the Frequencies procedure to produce tables and create charts appropriate for nominal variables
  • Use the Frequencies procedure to produce tables and create charts appropriate for ordinal variables
  • Use the Frequencies procedure to produce tabels and charts appropriate for scale variables
  • Use the Descriptives procedure to summarize scale variables

Describing Relationships Between Variables

  • Select the appropriate procedure to summarize the relationship between two variables
  • Use the Crosstabs procedure to summarize the relationship between categorical variables
  • Use the Means procedure to summarize the relationship between a scale and a categorical variable

Selecting Cases

  • Describe and use the features of the Select Cases dialog
  • Describe and use the features of the Split File dialog

Creating and Editing Charts

  • Use the Chart Builder to create various types of graphs
  • Format and edit the graph in the Chart Editor

Output in the Viewer

  • Navigate through the Viewer
  • Customize a pivot table
  • Create and apply a template for a pivot table
  • Export output to other applications

Syntax Basics

  • Use the Syntax Editor environment
  • Create syntax
  • Run syntax
  • Edit syntax using auto-completion of commands

Menus and the Help System

  • Use the menus
  • Use the toolbars
  • Use all types of help in Statistic


  • Anyone with little or no experience in using IBM SPSS Statistics
  • Anyone who is new to using a statistical package for data analysis
  • Anyone who is considering purchasing IBM SPSS Statistics


  • Experience using applications, such as word processors or spreadsheets, in the Microsoft Windows, Macintosh or Linux environment
  • Experience with IBM SPSS Statistics is not necessary, though a basic understanding of purpose and functions of the software is helpful

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.

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.