· START HERE: Getting started with SPSS for DePaul students using Remote Desktop. Get comfortable with these steps before spending time on the more detailed tutorial below.
· SPSS Primer This is not as detailed, but is probably your quickest reference once you have the basics down.
· SPSS Videos produced and performed by Prof. Raffella Settimi. I found these very helpful when I was first learning SPSS.
· NOTE: When using remote desktop, do NOT save important files (e.g. half-finished homework assignments) on the remote machine. Files have been known to disappear from those remote computers. Always back up the file to your own hard drive, or e-mail it to yourself.
Other Statistical Software Packages:
· PSPP: This is a free and excellent statistical software package somewhat similar to SPSS. However, I do not recommend using it unless you have good reason to do so. The reason is that installation can be problematic for some, the techniques for various features that I have listed in earlier links will not be identical, it is not as widely used in industry. However, if you are completely sick of using Remote Login, or if you want your own copy locally, it is something you can try. You can get the software and learn more about it here.
· R: (Yes, just ‘R’). Also extremely powerful and good quality. It is extremely popular in academic circles. It is ‘command-line’ driven. If you have a little programming background, you may prefer this package. So, if you want to learn a different statistical package that is free, I’d probably start here. Link to R.
Note that these files are zipped. Your will need to unzip them before you can access the files.
· Binomial Probability Calculator - http://faculty.vassar.edu/lowry/binomialX.html The form is about halfway down the page. The calculated probabilities are shown slightly below the form.
· Random Number Generator: Generates a series of random numbers between 0 and 1.
· Formulas and Z-table document. You will be provided with this document on the midterm exam.