Overview of Syntax Files

How syntax files are presented on these web pages

Syntex files are often labeled Job Streams

Throughout these pages, SPSS Syntax Files (Job Streams) will be put in boxes (there is other information that is also put in boxes but it will be obvious which is an SPSS Job Stream) rather than the screen graphic being presented as above. For example, the previous screen containing the pastt1.sps" Syntax File will be presented as follows:



The above set of commands identifies the statistic to be computed on the data. A t-test will be computed between animal cartoon characters and human cartoon characters on the item of In the past week I have spent a worthwhile day.

Each command of the Syntax File ends with a period. The commands and syntax are found in SPSS manuals and the Help command. The GET command tells the computer program which file is to be analyzed. The T-Test command along with its subcommands (sentences) tells the computer program what analysis to compute on the data. All commands may be abbreviated to three letters. The GROUPS=groups(1 2) indicates the variable group identifies the group that for each subject. The MISSING=ANALYSIS command indicates that if there is a missing value for a particular subject then that subject should be omitted from the analysis. The VARIABLES=worth command indicates that WORTH is the dependent variable to be used in this analysis. The CRITERIA=CIN(.95) indicates that 95 percent is used as the confidence level.

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