Step 2 and 3 of 4 Steps to Basic Stats: Running Statistics

After deciding on an appropriate analysis – it’s time to run the data!lode runner

There are many programs that can be used to run statistics. This post will deal primarily with using SPSS.

This is perhaps the most straightforward step.

I suggest Googling the analysis, with phrasing along the lines of “How to run an ANOVA”. I’ve found that youtube videos can be extremely helpful for learning how to run new analyses  – especially using SPSS.

One of the Youtube channels I reference is How2Stats, the author keeps the clips short and mainly focuses on the analysis at hand while covering some background material. how2stats youtube icon

Another Youtube channel whose posts I’ve used in the past is TheRMUoHP Biostatistics Resource Channel.

I suggest splitting the screen and literally going through the video step by step with your SPSS spreadsheet.

Disclaimer: I’m rushing a little as I need to share these posts with my psych 250 students ASAP (more to add in the future).

Most of these videos will also explain how to interpret the results. thinking orangutanHowever, there are a number of other sites that detail exactly how to write up results in APA style. I’ll link to a few of my favorites in Step 4!

Illustration, Fox writing with a quill pen, J. Mason, G. Greatbach, 1852, New York Public Library