Descriptive statistics help summarize a given data set, which can be either a representation of the entire or a sample of a population. Descriptive statistics are broken down into measures of central tendency and measures of variability (spread). Measures of central tendency include the mean, median, and mode, while measures of variability include the standard deviation, variance, the minimum and maximum variables, and the kurtosis and skewness. In this video, Dr. Daniel shows three ways to approach descriptive statistics in SPSS. If you want quick and basic descriptives, use the Descriptives command to get the most commonly used statistics. In addition, the Frequencies command gives you a wide range of possibilities with the most flexibility to choose exactly what output you want.
How do you create APA style frequency tables? Many beginner SPSS users ask this question. Here are three great tricks for using Word, Excel, and SPSS that apply not only to frequency tables, but also to working with SPSS output in all of your statistical analyses.