Topic 2: E – Categorize a Quantitative Variable

Published: March 11th, 2015

Category: Learning Statistical Software, SPSS Info and Tutorials

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

Video (4:30)

The following video illustrates the EXTREMELY important skill of translating coded categorical variables in SPSS using the Values column in the Variable View. The following files are associated with this video.

  • Menus and Steps Used:
    • Double-click on the SPSS dataset (STEP4) to open SPSS with that data loaded
      • Bring in the variable to be categorized into the VARIABLES TO BIN area
      • Enter the name of the new variable in the BINNED VARIABLE NAME box and the label in the next box
      • Either type in the upper limit of each desired interval or using the MAKE CUTPOINTS tool
      • Either type in the translations for each level created or use the MAKE LABELS tool
      • Click OK and OK again when finished
      • Check the results by viewing the data and creating frequency tables for each created variable
    • Save changes to your SPSS dataset using File – Save or by closing SPSS and following the prompts. We save the result as STEP5

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