## Running Descriptive Statistics and Creating Visual Displays

Descriptive statistics allow you to manage large amounts of data. As Green and Salkind (2013) state, descriptive statistics involve summarizing scores and their distribution by developing tables, charts, and graphs, such as boxplots and histograms, and by computing descriptive statistical indices, such as the mean score of a variable.

For this Assignment, you will use SPSS to generate descriptive statistics. You will also create a table, pie chart, and histogram that will visually represent the distribution of variables and meet APA requirements. These are important skills that you will use in future assignments in this course and in your doctoral studies.

To prepare for this Assignment:

• Review:

o    Lesson 16A or B, “Creating an SPSS Graph” or “Creating an SPSS Chart”

o    Lesson 17A or B, “Enhancing SPSS Graphs” or “Enhancing SPSS Charts”

o    Lesson 20, “Univariate Descriptive Statistics for Qualitative Variables.” Your output should mirror the output on page 125 in the Green and Salkind text.

o    Lesson 21, “Univariate Descriptive Statistics for Quantitative Variables.” Your submission should mirror the output on page 134 in the Green and Salkind text.

• Review the Week 2 Assignment Exemplar document provided in this week’s Learning Resources.

Note: Most weekly Assignments have an “Assignment Exemplar.” These exemplars provide templates of what is expected in the Assignment. Refer to these exemplars/templates as you begin working on your Assignments. After reviewing the Assignment Exemplar, you may delete the content and populate the template with your data and analysis as required in each Assignment. Note the structure of each template, how the data is organized, and how the analysis is presented.

Submit 5- to 6-page paper using the Assignment Exemplar.

Your paper must include the following elements:

• The descriptive statistics SPSS output for the qualitative variables in the IT Security Dataset (see Lesson 20, “Univariate Descriptive Statistics for Qualitative Variables”).

o    Note: Your output should mirror the output on page 125 in the Green and Salkind text.

o    Include a properly formatted “APA Participants Section” that includes a properly formatted APA descriptive statistics table and pie chart.

• Your table and pie chart should mirror the examples on page 128 in the Green and Salkind text.
• Descriptive statistics SPSS output for the quantitative variables in the IT Security Dataset (see Lesson 21, “Univariate Descriptive Statistics for Quantitative Variables”).

o    Note: Your output should mirror the output on page 134 in the Green and Salkind text.

o    Include a properly formatted “APA Participants Section” that includes: a properly formatted APA descriptive statistics table and histogram for one of the quantitative variables of your choice.

• Your table should mirror the example on page 142 in the Green and Salkind text.

• Your histogram should mirror the example on page 137 in the Green and Salkind text.
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