Molly McPup

Introduction to Research Methods in Political Science:
The POWERMUTT* Project
(for use with SPSS)

*Politically-Oriented Web-Enhanced Research Methods for Undergraduates — Topics & Tools
Resources for introductory research methods courses in political science and related disciplines



From the menu bar, click on “Analyze,” then on “Descriptive Statistics,” and on “Frequencies….”  In the left window, select the variable(s) you wish to analyze, and click on the right arrow.  If you wish to accept all defaults, simply click on “OK.”

If you wish to suppress frequency tables, uncheck “Display frequency tables” before clicking on “OK.”

There are a number of additional options you can choose before clicking on “OK.”  Click on “Statistics,” “Charts,” and/or “Format,” check the optional features you would like, then click on “Continue” to return to the main dialog box.  (I strongly recommend, however, that you not use Frequencies to produce pie or bar charts, but instead use clustered pie and bar charts, which provide you with much more control over the output.)

Note: If you suppress frequency tables, and choose the mean, standard deviation, minimum and maximum statistics, FREQUENCIES will give you the same results you would get by running DESCRIPTIVES with all the default options.


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