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Taneshia
25 November 2019
Codebook on SPSS?

I am learning to enter the data to SPSS. I am told to prepare a codebook. Actually, what’s it? Thanks.

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Jason Jiang
20 February 2020

The codebook command was introduced in SPSS version 17. It provides information about the variables in a dataset, such as the type, variable labels, value labels, as well as the number of cases in each level of categorical variables and means and standard deviations of continuous variables.

Reference: https://stats.idre.ucla.edu/spss/faq/how-can-spss-help-me-document-my-data/

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Hobbs
10 February 2020

A codebook is useful when there are different people trying to enter the data. But in my opinion, preparing a codebook is just as painful as data entering... good luck!!!

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Taneshia
25 November 2019

Thank you so much Dr. MEL!

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Dr. MEL
25 November 2019

It is relatively complicated. To code those responses, you are suggested to scan through the answers of each questionnaire and find common themes.
For instance, some respondents indicated pizzas, sushi, curry and dim sum as the major type of their favorite food respectively. Then you could do it accroding to this form,

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WpKfejxvXMGfxS0C-oUMf5w-vOfPE80upLAsw3YQG_Q/edit?usp=sharing

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Taneshia
25 November 2019

Thank you Dr. MEL. How about the open-ended questions? E.g. what is your favorite food?

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Dr. MEL
25 November 2019

Hi Taneshia, the following examples are fictitious and for illustrative purposes only:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WpKfejxvXMGfxS0C-oUMf5w-vOfPE80upLAsw3YQG_Q/edit?usp=sharing

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Taneshia
25 November 2019

Thx Jessica. Can you give me some examples?

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Jessica
25 November 2019

A codebook is a summary including instructions that a user can use to convert the information collected from each participant or case into a format that is understandable by SPSS.

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