**Social Studies 201**

**Winter 2004**

**Computer Problem Set 1**

This assignment asks you to use data from SSAE98 (*Survey
of Student Attitudes and Experiences 1998 *– see the questionnaire from the
Survey and the list of variables handout),
obtain some statistics from these data and make comments on the
results. When you have completed 1-6
below, hand in the printout of the SPSS output and the comments. You may wish to copy the SPSS output file to
another program such as Word for Windows, write the comments in that file, and
hand in a paper copy of this.

For each of the following questions, part (a) refers to what
you are to do with SPSS. For part (b)
of each of these questions, write the answers and comments in pen or pencil on
the printout (or in a Word for Windows file).

1. (a) Obtain
frequency distributions for each of the variables LIVING, YEAR, and SOCASST by
using *Analyze – Descriptive
Statistics – Frequencies*. (b)
In a sentence or two, describe the frequency distribution for each variable.

2. (a) For each of the last three variables
(increase corporate taxes, user fees for health care, more money for health
care) in the table at the bottom of the first page of *Report on the Survey
of Student Attitudes and Experiences*, obtain a frequency distribution and
histogram. (b) Write a note comparing
the distributions of these three variables.
Also show how the numbers in the table in the *Report* were
obtained from the SPSS output.

3. (a) Obtain
stem-and-leaf displays for hours spent studying or STHOURS (as dependent
variable) by YEAR (factor list) by using *Analyze
– Descriptive Statistics – Explore*
for these variables. Also, obtain the
histograms of STHOURS for each YEAR by clicking on *Plots*, then check *Histogram* and *Continue*,
prior to clicking *OK*. (Ignore or
delete the boxplot on the output). (b)
Using the histograms or the stem-and-leaf displays, write a paragraph comparing
the distributions of study hours by year of program. Use the stem-and-leaf displays to determine the median and the
mode of age for each of second and fourth year students.

4. (a) For
variables UM1, UM3, and UM4, obtain frequency distributions, histograms and the
following statistics: mean, median, mode, standard deviation, and
quartiles. (b) Calculate the
interquartile range. Using these data,
in words compare the distributions of these variables – comment on whether or
not responses to the questions appear consistent with each other.

5. (a) Obtain
all the statistics for the eight variables describing hours spent at various
activities (STHOURS to RELHOURS and JOBHOURS) using *Analyze – Descriptive Statistics
– Descriptives*. (b) Using these statistics, write a short note
commenting on the time students spent at various activities.