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Arlington, TX 76019

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DATA SETS

 

Professor Dale Story

449 University Hall

272.3994

story@uta.edu

 

 

Surveys and polls are excellent sources for nominal and ordinal data (discrete variables, e.g., a survey question with a limited number of fixed responses).  The cross-national studies are excellent sources for interval level data (continuous variables, e.g., scales, rankings of many countries, percentages, currencies, number of people, etc.).

 

ICPSR is the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/ICPSR/index.jsp, at the University of Michigan.  You can search for data sets by the ICPSR number or by subject.

 

YOU WILL NEED AN SPSS DATA FILE (.sav extension).  If you download a .sav file for your data directly to your personal drive, you can open it directly in SPSS.

 

TO OPEN A SPSS DATA FILE FROM THIS PAGE:

  • Right click on the hyper-link above for the SPSS data file that you want.

  • Select "Save target as..."  And select your jump drive (or wherever you store you personal files) as the designation for saving the file.

  • Find that file wherever you have saved it.  Change the file extension from .htm to .sav.  You now have it saved as an SPSS file that you can open directly in SPSS.

 

TO OPEN AN EXCEL FILE IN SPSS:

  • Left click on the file name from this page

  • Save that file on your personal disk/drive

  • Open Spss

  • Select Open

  • Change the File Type to Excel

  • Browse to find the Excel file

  • Select that file and Open

  • Turn on (default) "Read variable names from the first row of data" if appropriate--turn off, if not appropriate

  • Select OK

 

TO OPEN A TEXT FILE (.txt) USING A SYNTAX FILE (.sps)

  • Open the Syntax file in SPSS (simply double-click on the Syntax file)

  • In this example, you want to edit after name = to point to your .txt file

  • If your .txt file was located on your J drive and named 02683-0001-Data.txt, you would edit thusly: 

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  • Next, select Run and All: 

 

 

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