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How do you feel about statistics? Are you afraid you will pick the wrong test? Or make a mistake in your calculations and misinterpret your data? In short: are you afraid of stats?
If so, you've come to the right place! I'm here to demonstrate that your fear of statistics is unfounded.
Despite what many people think, you don't need to learn complex mathematical formulae to perform statistical analyses. You just need to learn two things.
It's that easy!
This course will show you how to pick the right statistical test by answering four simple questions about your data and your research methodology. I call these the building blocks of statistical analysis, and it involves no maths at all.
Then you'll learn how to use SPSS to do the hard work for you. Even if you've never used SPSS, I'll help you get comfortable with the program. You'll learn how to open SPSS, enter data into the program and save it. Next you'll learn how to use SPSS to obtain descriptive statistics such as the mean, median, mode and frequencies. Then you'll discover how to use SPSS to calculate inferential statistics such as the t-test, correlation, Chi-square, ANOVA and regression.
The ability to perform quantitative data analysis is becoming an increasingly important skill for researchers to possess. Adding these skills to your CV will make you more employable and give you the confidence you need to start analysing your data today.
Below is a folder that contains all the SPSS data files that we will be using later on during the course. You need SPSS to be able to open these files. Once you have unzipped the folder and downloaded the files you can then use them during the approprate lecture.
One of the requirements for this course is that you have a licensed version of SPSS on your own computer. Before taking part in this lecture, you need to make sure that you do have SPSS open on your desktop or laptop. If you don't currently have a licensed version of SPSS, you can download a trial version here: http://www-03.ibm.com/software/products/en/spss-stats-base
You can download the attached file in order to see the data for the data entry exercises. The document also shows you SPSS images of the completed Data View and Variable View pages for each data entry exercise.
You can also download the attached SPSS data files, to see for yourself how I coded the data and play around with the options.
Dr Tendayi Viki wears many hats as an academic, author, consultant and entrepreneur. He holds a PhD in Psychology and an MBA. He teaches Statistics and Research Methods at the University of Kent (UK). He has also been a Research Assistant at Harvard University (USA) and a Research Fellow at Stanford University (USA). He has published over 30 scientific papers and several book chapters.