Descriptives (frequency distributions, measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion)

 

To run a frequency distribution

From the Analyze pull down menu

Select:

            Descriptive Statistics

                        Frequencies

Select variable:

Select variable

 

Variable name should move to the box on the right hand side

                       

                                    Select statistics:

Click on Statistics box in lower left-hand corner

Select statistics that are appropriate for describing the variable

                                                                        Highlight circle next to statistics

                                                            Click Continue

                                                           

                                    Click OK

 

                                    Output will appear in output window

 

Alternative way to get measures of central tendency and dispersion

From the Analyze pull down menu

Select:

            Descriptive Statistics

                        Descriptives

Select variable:

Select variable

Variable name should move to the box on the right hand side

 

                                    Select statistics:

Click on Options box in lower right-hand corner

Select statistics that are appropriate for describing the variable

                                                                        Highlight circle next to statistics

                                   

Note: Can only run mean from here; cannot run mode or median

                                                            Click Continue

 

Note: Can select multiple variables at the same time.