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# Descriptive Statistics in SPSS

Work with the data file "cjgss1.sav".
1. Examine the meaning (in "Label") and values of the following four variables: "hit", "gun", "burglar" and "robbry"; answer the following questions:
o How are these variables similar?
o Describe how these variables are coded (i.e., their values).
o What concept will a combination of these four variables possibly measure?
Create a composite index from these four variables in the "Transform" menu. (Hint: you must first recode value "2" into "0" for all these variables and assign both "8" and "9" as missing). Give the new variable a proper name without exceeding 8 letters.
Perform a frequency table in the "Analyze" menu for the new variable and report the valid percentage distribution for each category. Explain the meaning of each numerical value.

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#### Solution Summary

Step by step method for computing descriptive statistics in SPSS is given in the answer.

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