So hopefully I’ve extolled the benefits of using SPSS Syntax enough that you’re convinced it is something you should regularly use.
Even if you don’t start programming, there are two things you can do to begin learning Syntax and give you the communication and tracking benefits.
1. From now on, when you use menus for an analysis, instead of clicking the “OK” button, click “Paste.”*
When you use the menus and click OK, SPSS is translating your menu choices into syntax. You just don’t see it.
When you click Paste, though, SPSS opens a syntax window and writes a copy of this syntax. To run it, simply go to the Syntax window, highlight the procedure you want to run, and click the Run button, which looks like a triangle facing right.
This will get you used to the kind of language SPSS Syntax uses. You can, if you wish, start to edit it.
But even if you don’t, over time you’ll start to notice how logical it is and how the menu choices correspond to phrases in the syntax. And you’ll [Read more…] about How to Effortlessly Create SPSS Syntax and Automatically Add it to your Output