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Course Learning Objectives 1.students will achieve competency in conducting statistical data analysis using the SPSS software program. 2.Students will learn the basics of research design and be able to critically analyze the advantages and disadvantages of different types of design.
Measurement Validity A measure is valid if it measures what it is supposed to measure The measure and the concept correspond
Operational Validity The measure does what it says This can be difficult to establish
Face Validity The simplest way to seek validity The Measure looks good on its face We ask People, use the literature Problems?
Content Validity Using several measures of a concept to get at the whole concept Good for multi- dimensional concepts (e.g. political participation)
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Trust in Government Trust the Federal Government Is the Government Run for the Benefit of All Do People in Government Waste Tax Money Are Government Officials Crooked
Freedom House Index 27 Questions A.Electoral process B.Political pluralism & participation C.Functioning of government D.Freedom of expression & belief E.Associational & organizational rights F.Rule of law G.Personal autonomy and individual rights
SPSS Statistical Package for the Social Sciences
What is a statistical package Popular Versions – SPSS – SAS – R – Stata
Getting SPSS Don’t Purchase a student version – Limited functions – Limited variables Searching the internet for a “free version” – You might get a virus – The Russians will steal your identity (exception fallacy). Do Use it on the machines on campus- free! Consider purchasing a 6- month license (52.00 + 4.99 download fee)purchasing
How to Open Data files Data Files on the Pollack CD GSS2008.SAV- the 2008 General Social Survey Dataset – n=2023 – 301 variables NES2008.SAV- the National Election Study from 2008. n=2323 – 302 variables STATES.SAV- aggregate level data for the 50 States. N=50 – 82 Variables WORLD.SAV- aggregate level data for the nations of the world. n=191 – 69 Variables
SPSS uses 2 windows Data Editor Window – is used to define and enter your data and to perform statistical procedures. – very spread-sheet like –.sav extension The Output Window – this is where results of statistical tests appear – This opens when you run your first test –.spv extension
It is like a spreadsheet In Variable View – You define your parameters – Give variables names – Operationalize variables We will not do a lot of this
Names and Labels Name how the label appears at the top of the column (like the first row in excel) you cant use dashes, special characters or start with numbers These should represent the variable Labels A longer definition of the variable These describe the actual variable
Value Labels This shows how variables are operationalized Value= the numeric value given to a category Label= the attribute of the concept
In Data View You type in raw data It looks very much like Excel Rows= cases Columns= Variables
How Things are Displayed Edit Options Display names Alphabetical
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