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  • Dubai FGF-008 (ground floor of F-wing)
  • Nearly everything you do will probably use inferential stats- in spss is it doesn’t you will select descriptive stats Give some examples in the room – stats are something we use all the time- ages, height, grades etc
  • A descriptive B is inferential because it is making a prediction based upon past observations
  • The other way descriptive stats and inferential stats differ
  • Labeling and enter your variables in SPSS is much of this first session
  • Lets put these data types in groupings- categories & numbers
  • Interval and ratio are real numbers Issues arise when we try to apply parametric stats to ordinal- ie) likert scales
  • Parametric- you have a better chance of recognizing chance vs actual patterns in the datayou have a better chance of recognizing chance vs Tell story about Likert scales t test
  • Save as you go
  • Note the scales-option real numbers or not will effect what you can do
  • Use xl demo inside Tutorial- sample files
  • Use statistics coach as an example Keep the default settings- Pearson is for interval or ratio data Spearman is for dichotomous
  • R=.335 (weak to moderate) The significance of a correlation coefficient is not a determination of the strength of the relationship. Significance means, as always, that the observed value most likely did not occur by chance.
  • Data analysis for effective decision making

    1. 1. Data Analysis for Effective Decision Making By: Syed Sohail Ahmed Assistant Professor Email:
    2. 2. Agenda  What is data Analysis?  What Is Decision Making?  International tools for Decision Making  Use of SPSS in Data Analysis  References
    3. 3. What is data Analysis?  The term “data analysis” refers to the process by which large amounts of raw data is reviewed in order to determine conclusions based on that data
    4. 4. Types of Data Analysis  The nature of data analysis varies, and correlates to the type of data being examined  there are two broad categories:  Qualitative analysis  Quantitative Analysis
    5. 5. Qualitative analysis  Qualitative analysis deals with the analysis of data that is categorical in nature. In other words, data is not described through numerical values, but rather by some sort of descriptive context such as text.  Data can be gathered by many methods such as interviews, videos and audio recordings, field notes, etc.
    6. 6.  Qualitative analysis can be summarized by three basic principles (Seidel, 1998):  Notice things  Collect things  Think about things
    7. 7. Quantitative Analysis:  Quantitative analysis refers to the process by which numerical data is analyzed, and often involves descriptive statistics such as mean, media, standard deviation, etc
    8. 8. Statistical Models  Analysis of variables  Data dispersion  Analysis of relationships between variables  Contingence and correlation  Regression analysis  Statistical significance  Precision  Error limits
    9. 9.  Know where to find the Information and how to use it- That’s the secret of Success  By Albert Einstein
    10. 10. Benefits of Data Analysis  Allows for the identification of important trends  identify performance problems that require some sort of action  Can be viewed in a visual manner, which leads to faster and better decisions(e.g Pie Chart)  Better awareness regarding the habits of potential customers  It can provide a company with an edge over their competitors
    11. 11. What Is Decision Making?  Decision making is the study of identifying and choosing alternatives based on the values and preferences of the decision maker
    12. 12. Internationally recognized tools for Decision Making  STATA  SPSS  Mstat C
    13. 13. 13 Introduction to SPSS 16.0
    14. 14. 14 Outline  Review of Concepts (stats and scales)  Data entry (the workspace and labels)  By hand  Import Excel  Running an analysis- frequency, central tendency, correlation
    15. 15. Types of Variables  What are variables you would consider in buying a second hand bike? 19 Row tree, D. (1981). Statistics without tears. London: Penguin Books.  Brand (Trek, Raleigh)  Type (road, mountain, racer)  Components (Shimano, no name)  Age  Condition (Excellent, good, poor)  Price  Frame size  Number of gears
    16. 16. 20 Types of Scales  Nominal- objects or people are categorized according to some criterion (gender, job category)  Ordinal- Categories which are ranked according to characteristics (income- low, moderate, high)  Interval- contain equal distance between units of measure- but no zero (calendar years, temperature)  Ratio- has an absolute zero and consistent intervals (distance, weight)
    17. 17. Parametric vs Non-parametric  Parametric stats are more powerful than non-parametric stats- for real numbers- T test  Non-parametric stats are not as powerful but good for category variables - Mann-Whitney U (likert) 21
    18. 18. 22 The Workspace Cases Variables Toggle between Data and Variable Views Value Label
    19. 19. 23 Data Entry (by hand) 1. Click Variable View 2. Click the Row 1, Name cell and type Campus (no spaces allowed in name)
    20. 20. 24 4. Type 2 for the value and dubai for the label- click Add and then OK 3. Click the Row 1, Values cell and type 1 for the value and abu dhabi for the label- click Add Data Entry (by hand)
    21. 21. 25 Data Entry (by hand) 5. Click the Row 2, Name cell and type TOEFL 6. Click the Row 2, Label cell and type Paper based TOEFL Scores
    22. 22. 26 Data Entry (by hand) 8. Click the Row 4, Name cell and type Gender 7. Click the Row 3, Name cell and type IELTS
    23. 23. 27 Data Entry (by hand) 9. Click the Row 4, Type cell and click String and click OK 10. Click the Row 4, Values cell and type m for the value and male for the label- click Add
    24. 24. 28 Data Entry (by hand) 11. Type f for the value and female for the label- click Add and then OK (notice the measure is now nominal) 12. Click Data View in the bottom left corner to start entering the data
    25. 25. 29 Data Entry (by hand) 13. Click on the cells and enter the data (either type numbers of select from the dropdown menu)
    26. 26. 30 Data Entry (import from Excel) 14. Click Open- Data… 15. Change Files of type to Excel, then browse and open the file.
    27. 27. 31 Data Entry (import from Excel) 16. Select the worksheet, the range (if desired), and if to read variable names- click OK The data and variable names will appear
    28. 28. 32 Running Analyses 17. With SPSS open, select file- Open- Data 18. Navigate to SPSS- Tutorial- sample_files- select demo, click Open
    29. 29. 33 Running Analyses (Frequency) 19. Select Analyze- Descriptive Stats- Frequencies 20. Select the desired variables and click the arrow to move them to the right side
    30. 30. 34 21. Click Statistics 22. Select any stats that you want to see, click Continue Running Analyses (Frequency)
    31. 31. 35 Running Analyses (Frequency) 23. Click Charts 24. Select the type of chart you want, click Continue, then OK
    32. 32. 36 Running Analyses (Frequency) Result Tables and Graphs will appear
    33. 33. 37 Running Analyses (Central Tendency) 26. Select the desired variables (household income) and click the arrow to move them to the right side 25. Select Analyze- Descriptive Stats- Frequencies
    34. 34. 38 Running Analyses (Central Tendency) Results will appear 27. Select some measures of central tendency and dispersion- click Continue then OK
    35. 35. 39 Running Analyses (Correlation) 28. Click Analyze- Correlate- Bivariate 29. Move the two variables of interest to the right side (age & income), click OK
    36. 36. 40 Running Analyses (Correlation) 30. Results appear and tell us that the relationship is weak to moderate and results are not due to chance
    37. 37. 41 Resources  Texas A & M- a huge selection of helpful movies  UCLA- SPSS 12.0 Starter Kit (useful movies, FAQs, etc)  Indiana University- Getting Started (useful instructions with screenshots)  University of Toronto- A Brief Tutorial (screenshots, instructions and basic stats)  Central Michigan- Tutorials and Clips (movies, screenshots, instructions- slow loading but good)  SPSS Statistics Coach and Tutorial (under Help) as well as the ZU library  Online Statistics Textbook