SPSS Macro is just a String Parser, this video goes over some basic usage

SPSS macro

Even in its simplest form, SPSS macros can save you an amazing amount of time by allowing you to quickly & easily swap-out one text for another. The text can be the name of a variable, the title, the statistical test to be run, etc. This can save an amazing amount of time if used properly.

In the below video gives a good demonstration of how easy it is to utilize them.

SPSS Macro is just a String Parser

SPSS Macro is just a String Parser

SPSS Macros for replacing missing data

SPSS macro

SPSS Macros for replacing missing data

A lot of online vendor tools provide a data value on a multi-select question however they leave the value missing if the respondent didn’t select it. Most of the analysis I want to do needs to have a zero (or some other value) present in order to calculate the statistics correctly.

I wrote a few SPSS Macros that make it very easy to replace the missing values on your data.  Here are the two macros


SPSS Macros- Replacing missing data

SPSS macro makes for easy splitting of data into separate files of equal numbers

SPSS Macro

SPSS macro

If you frequently need to have your data split into equal groups, this SPSS macro is the way to go!  You can just tell it how many groups you want and the variable you want to create to store group belonging and WHAM!  it randomizes the list and adds a new field showing the groups.

In the code below I show two examples of the SPSS macro.  One that will randomize the group and split it out, the second allows you to use another variable before breaking them into groups (In case you want a certain order to them.)  Both macros greatly reduce the amount of work needed to do in SPSS.


SPSS Macro for creating equal groups

Learning Macros | Raynald’s SPSS Tools

This page is a simple introduction to SPSS macros. There are several fully (line- by-line) commented examples of macro. Overview of several macro-related …

Additive tree on restaurants built using correlation analysis with SYSTAT


Correlation Analysis

A few years back I fielded a national study on the frequency of visiting restaurant chains.  In SPSS I did correlation analysis however, as is always the case, showing a correlation matrix to the client is not an option (if I want them to understand anything.)

So I took the matrix and imported into SYSTAT then computed an Additive tree.  Additive trees examine the response patterns across variables and group them, according to their similarities, in the shape of a two-dimensional tree. The closer items appear to each other, the higher the correlation between them.  (The color coding is subjective and is just added to aide interpretation)

The Additive Tree below is much easier to evaluate as clear patterns can be seen in how consumers “see” the chains.
correlation analysis restraunt-additive tree

Here’s a great book to get ideas on conveying data visually

And here is a book utilizing SYSTAT by one of the programmers. I learned the vast majority of my statistics from this great book!