Topic 4: A – Frequency Distributions

Published: January 20th, 2015

Category: Learning Statistical Software, SPSS Info and Tutorials

CO-7: Use statistical software to analyze public health data.

Video (7:00)

The following video illustrates exploratory data analysis for one categorical variable by creating frequency distributions (and creating bar charts and pie charts) using ANALYZE – DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS – FREQUENCIES. The following files are associated with this video.

  • Menus and Steps Used:
    • Double-click on the SPSS dataset (STEP3) to open SPSS with that data loaded
      • Drag categorical variables into the list
      • In CHARTS – Select bar charts or pie charts, if desired and choose whether to display frequencies or percentages
      • We discuss other options but make no changes
      • Decide whether to display the frequency tables
      • Click OK
    • Save SPSS output by going to yhe output and File – Save or by closing SPSS and following the prompts.

This document is linked from our main SPSS page under Software.