Case Summaries

Using Case Summaries in SPSS to Debug your Variable Creation

April 1st, 2011 by

Here’s a little SPSS tip.

When you create new variables, whether it’s through the Recode, Compute, or some other command, you need to check that it worked the way you think it did.

(As an aside, I hope this goes without saying, but never, never, never, never use Recode into Same Variable.  Always Recode into Different Variable so you don’t overwrite your data and then discover you made a mistake.  Or worse, not discover.  It happens).

And the easiest way to do that is to simply look at the data.  (more…)