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Course Information


SPSS syntax is a language containing instructions for analyzing and editing data and other SPSS commands.

This SPSS Syntax Introduction course targets those who wish to gain an understanding of the basic structure of SPSS Syntax.

The course provides users of SPSS with the essential skills and knowledge required to begin to become effective and productive users of SPSS Syntax.

By the end of our course you will have learned to:

  • Open up SPSS files using Syntax
  • Define variables using Syntax
  • Create Compute and Recode variables
  • Prepare Data for Analysis
  • Import Data From Excel
  • Create simple IF statements


Experience of working in the Windows environment and a general understanding of key Windows features. Attendees should also have basic familiarity with SPSS procedures including variable definition, entering and editing data, opening and saving data files, compute and recode procedures, dealing with output and saving output.


  • The Journal – What is it?
  • How To Set The Journal.
  • The Log – What is it?
  • How To Set Log Options.
  • Syntax Files
  • The Syntax Editor
  • Writing Syntax Using The Log
  • Raw Data Entry
  • Importing From Excel
  • Opening A SPSS .sav File
  • Saving Data with Syntax.
  • Adding Comments
  • Renaming Variables
  • Labelling Variables
  • Creating Value Labels
  • Missing Values
  • Checking Datafile Layout and Variable Content
  • Extracting To A Smaller Datafile
  • Adding New Variables
  • Sorting Cases
  • Adding New Cases
  • Changing Variable Format
  • Converting Numeric Values To Text
  • Recoding Variables
  • Converting Categorical Text to Numeric
  • Changing The Case Of Text
  • If Statements
  • Computing New Values
  • Setting Date Time Formats
  • Extracting Date Elements
  • Calculations With Dates
  • Deleting Variables
  • Computing New Values
  • Creating Categories For Numeric Values
  • Counting Data Values
  • Frequencies
  • Crosstabs
  • Explore
  • Examine Distribution
  • Selecting Parts Of Your Data
  • Splitting The Datafile
  • Temporary Command
  • Select IF Command
Public Dates & Prices

There are currently no public dates for this course. This course can be run as a private course either at one of our training centers or at your offices. To get pricing for this use our quote wizard to generate a customised quote or call us on 0118 324 3000 to discuss your requirements.

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  • Noel was an excellent tutor. He did check all of the group was able to keep up and if there were any problems or questions of the attendants, he was always willing to help.

    Marianne Seager-Wincanton
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