is fundamentally a reference book. Parts of the book are written as
stand-alone tutorials to make it easy for you to get into whatever
you're up and running with SPSS, you can skip around and read just the
sections you need.
really don't want to read straight through the entire book. That way
leads to boredom. The author went straight through everything to write
the book, and believe me, you don't to do that.
The book was designed to be used as follows:-
Read the opening chapter so you'll understand what SPSS is. The author tried to leave out the boring parts.
If SPSS is not already installed, you may need to read about installing it.
Read the staff in Chapter 4 about defining variables and
entering data. It all makes sense after you get the hang of it, but the
process seems to be kind of screwy until you see how it works.
Skip around to find the things you want to do.
I would mention that you could skip the introduction, but it's too late for that.
Besides, you'll find some information here that could be useful.
book is not about statistics. You will not find one explanation of
statistical theory or how calculations are performed. This book is
about what you can do to command SPSS to calculate statistics for you.
inside truth is that you can be as dumb as a post about statistical
calculation techniques and still use SPSS to produce some nifty states.