As you work through this SPSS exercise, consider the application of the correlation and regression analysis to your research topic.

To prepare for this Application:

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  • Review the assigned pages in Chapter 16 in the course text Research Methods in the Social SciencesFRANKFORT-NACHMIAS, CHAVA 2008
  • Review the video program for this week, located in the Learning Resources.
  • Review Lessons 31 and 33 in the course text Using SPSS for Windows and Macintosh: Analyzing and Understanding Data.
  • Access the gss04student_corrected dataset in the Course Information area of the classroom to use for this Application

The assignment:

  • Craft up to a one page double-spaced write up of the statistical results (include any additional pages needed for any APA tables or graphs and the SPSS syntax and output) in which you do the following:
    • State the statistical assumptions for this test.
    • Using the data set you have selected, choose two continuous or metric variables for which you would like to test a relationship.
    • Develop the null hypothesis and the alternative hypothesis.
    • Use SPSS to calculate a correlation coefficient and a simple linear regression. You can decide which should be the independent (predictor) variable and which should be the dependent (criterion) variable.
    • Decide whether to reject or retain the null hypothesis.
    • Generate a scatterplot to visually assess the relationship between two variables.
    • Generate syntax and output files in SPSS. You will need to copy and paste these into your Application document.
    • Based on your SPSS analysis, report the results using correct APA format. Your report should include the following:
      • SPSS syntax and output files

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