A learning guide to IBM SPSS Statistics: Get the most out of your statistical analysis

By | 4 minute read | June 17, 2020

IBM SPSS Statistics provides a powerful suite of data analytics tools which allows you to quickly dig into your data with a simple point and click interface and enables you to extract critical insights with ease. Organizations of all kinds have relied on IBM SPSS Statistics for decades to help solve a wide range of business and research problems. During these times of rapid change that demand agility, it’s essential to adapt to a data driven decision-making process to improve business outcomes.

Introducing the new release of IBM SPSS Statistics, version 27

IBM recently announced the release of IBM SPSS Statistics 27. The latest release includes new statistical algorithms, enhancements to existing statistical procedures, and productivity enhancements. SPSS Statistics 27 aims to provide you more versatility and functionality, within a familiar, easy to use interface. In an effort to provide more value, the latest version also introduces new packaging changes, with the addition of functionality from both the Data Preparation module and Bootstrapping module in our Base Edition. You can read all about the new release in this blog.

To help you get started, we’ve gathered a list of tutorials and learning resources that can help you get the most out of IBM SPSS Statistics—guiding your journey from beginner to expert user.

Explore SPSS Statistics with our interactive tutorials

SPSS Statistics offers a comprehensive set of capabilities in support of the entire analytical process from data preparation and management to analysis and reporting. It simplifies and accelerates data analytics by offering a simple menu-driven user interface that allows you to get to insights with just a few clicks, without any coding.

Interactive, hands-on tutorials are one of the best ways to experience SPSS Statistics. Here are a few SPSS Statistics learning resources that can get you started:

Statistics 101

If you’re just starting out with IBM Statistics, this introductory tutorial can help you get up to speed. You’ll learn about descriptive statistics, variance, probability, correlation and data visualization. It starts you off gently with a coverage of the fundamentals including descriptive statistics and moves you through five self-paced modules that take you through the steps to data wrangling and more.

Get more information on the SPSS Statistics 101 tutorial here.

Take SPSS Statistics for a test-drive on a virtual machine

IBM offers a free hands-on tutorial to help you explore key SPSS Statistics capabilities firsthand, including:

  • Data import and preparation
  • Descriptive statistics, correlations, and data visualization
  • Advanced statistical modeling including decision tress and logistic regression
  • Data export and reporting

In the tutorial, you’ll use financial data and classification modeling to predict loan default. The techniques you learn can be applied to other use cases that can help save your organization time and money. Some examples are student retention, hospital readmission, and customer churn.

Start the hands-on tutorial here

Take an interactive tour

Want to experience SPSS Statistics, but are short on time? Our interactive product tour is your answer. It walks you through the process of rapidly building statistical models with IBM SPSS Statistics—in just 10 minutes. The interactive self-guided tour steps through a sample employee dataset, guides you through several statistical tests and shows you how to generate exportable charts and output.

Begin the self-guided tour here

These are just a few of the tutorials available to help you learn and become proficient with SPSS Statistics. For more basic to advanced tutorials and feature documentation, visit the IBM Knowledge Center website visit the IBM Knowledge Center.

View SPSS Statistics in action

The IBM SPSS Statistics demos page hosts an array of demo videos and assets to help you with your statistical  analysis. You can get a good sense of how SPSS Statistics data analysis works by watching videos that demonstrate the powerful capabilities that this statistical analytics tool offers. We recommend starting with the video – Introduction to Data Analysis with IBM SPSS Statistics. This video showcases few of the popular data analysis tools in SPSS Statistics, including regression. You’ll see how you can use a single, integrated interface to run descriptive statistics, regression, advanced statistics and then create publication-ready charts, tables and decision trees. You can watch the video here.

Are you wondering if SPSS Statistics enables you to deliver visualizations and other output? Watch this video about the output and visualization capabilities of SPSS Statistics to learn how to customize pivot tables and create publication-ready charts, tables and decision trees. Visit the IBM media center to view it.

Ready to dive deeper into SPSS Statistics on your own and start turbocharging your research and business analysis? Check out our video to learn how the free 14-day trial works, so you can take SPSS Statistics for a 14-day test drive and take  advantage of the full firepower of this statistical software  including advanced capabilities that are made available as part of the optional add-ons. Watch the video here.

You can try the free edition of SPSS Statistics here. Or visit the SPSS Statistics product page to learn more.

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