Today we are going to work on an assignment that will help familiarize you with data formats, variables and a few basic statistics.

We are going to do some internet research.  There is a tremendous amount of data available on the internet. Pick a topic of interest to you. You can pick any topic, as long as it is interesting to you. 

 Now, I would like you to find a data set related to your chosen topic on the internet.  You must pick a data set that includes at least the following:

* 30 cases
* one nominal-level variable
* one ordinal-level variable
* one interval-level variable

I will show you how to copy and paste this data into Excel.  From there, you will obtain sums, means, medians and modes.  After that, I will show you how to import the data into SPSS and obtain the same numbers in that program.

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    Jacob Felson received his doctorate in sociology from Penn State University in December, 2009. He received a master's in sociology from Penn State in 2004, and a bachelor's degree, also in sociology, from the University of Chicago in 2002


    June 2010
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