I just started using SPSS for a class and need help. This is only my second time using the program and I'm quite lost.
Ex: I have two columns with multiple cells of data Column A is asking price for a house. Column B is the final selling price of the house. How would I:
Find which ones sold for their asking price
Find which houses sold more than their asking price
Thanks in advance for the help!
Presumably, your professor will be covering how (s)he wants you to go about doing the homework. For the given example, ask yourself, "How would I answer this question if I didn't have a computer?" then translate the steps in your proposed solution into actions in the IBM SPSS Statistics tool.
In this case, you would of course compare the asking price to the sale price and then make a determination based on the result.
You may want to create a brand new field/variable and assign values to it, based on whether: asking = sale price asking < sale price etc.
The COMPUTE command is useful for this ("Transform -> Compute Variable" in the User Interface)
Labeling the values of a given variable can be accomplished in the Data Editor on the "Variable View" tab, or with the VALUE LABELS command syntax.
Then you might use a procedure to look across all of the cases in your data and report back on how many cases fell into each condition. Explore the "Analyze -> Descriptive Statistics" menus in the user interface.
When in doubt, each dialog in the user interface will have a "Help" button to aid you in using that particular capability in the program.
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