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An IBM SPSS® Companion to Political Analysis

An IBM SPSS® Companion to Political Analysis

Fifth Edition

240 pages | CQ Press
In Philip H. Pollock's An IBM SPSS® Companion to Political Analysis, students dive headfirst into actual political data and work with a software tool that prepares them for future political science research. Students learn by doing with fresh guided examples, new annotated screenshots, step-by-step instructions, and exercises that reflect current scholarly debates in American political behavior and comparative politics. 

Compatible with all releases of SPSS (12.0 and later), the all-new Fifth Edition includes 53 new or revised exercises. Two new datasets (NES 2012 and GSS 2012) and two revised datasets (on the 50 states and on 167 countries of the world) feature an expanded number of variables to provide greater latitude for performing original analysis. 

Getting Started
Downloading the Datasets

SPSS Full Version and SPSS Student Version: What Is the Difference?


Chapter 1 Introduction to SPSS
The Data Editor

A Must-Do: Setting Options for Variable Lists

The Viewer


Chapter 2 Descriptive Statistics
Interpreting Measures of Central Tendency and Variation

Describing Nominal Variables

Describing Ordinal Variables

Describing Interval Variables

Obtaining Case-level Information with Case Summaries



Chapter 3 Transforming Variables
Using Recode

Using Visual Binning

Using Compute



Chapter 4 Making Comparisons
Cross-tabulation Analysis

Mean Comparison Analysis

Graphing Relationships



Chapter 5 Making Controlled Comparisons
Cross-tabulation Analysis with a Control Variable

Graphing Relationships with a Control Variable

Mean Comparison Analysis with a Control Variable



Chapter 6 Making Inferences about Sample Means
Descriptives and One-Sample T Test

Independent-Samples T Test



Chapter 7 Chi-square and Measures of Association
Analyzing an Ordinal-level Relationship

Analyzing an Ordinal-level Relationship with a Control Variable

Analyzing a Nominal-level Relationship with a Control Variable



Chapter 8 Correlation and Linear Regression
Correlation and Bivariate Regression


Multiple Regression



Chapter 9 Dummy Variables and Interaction Effects
Regression with Dummy Variables

Interaction Effects in Multiple Regression

Using Compute for Interaction Variables



Chapter 10 Logistic Regression
Using Regression -> Binary Logistic

Logistic Regression with Multiple Independent Variables

Working with Predicted Probabilities: Models with One Independent Variable

Working with Predicted Probabilities: Models with Multiple Independent Variables



Chapter 11 Doing Your Own Political Analysis
Five Doable Ideas

Inputting Data

Writing It Up



“Pollock's workbook is a wonderful companion to any research methods course. It pairs nicely with other textbooks and reading material, and provides students with interesting datasets and detailed explanations on how to analyze data within SPSS. An invaluable guide for faculty and students alike it made my job teaching the class easier, but more importantly, it made my course better.” 

Wesley Hussey
California State University, Sacramento

“This book is an indispensable asset to any professor who teaches students about the foundations of quantitative analysis. Pollock sets the standard for providing in depth, accessible instruction on how to use SPSS to analyze data in political science.”

Brian Frederick
Bridgewater State University

An IBM SPSS® Companion to Political Analysis complements The Essentials of Political Analysis and provides clear instruction for SPSS. The text is very accessible to students and uses interesting, varied, and lively examples.  The four data sets – 2012 GSS, 2012 ANES, a 50 state dataset, and a 167 country dataset – engage students with a range of interests.” 

Gary Copeland
University of Oklahoma

In addition to Beginning Statistics, this book is valuable when preparing to write a bachelor thesis.

Ms Emilia Mantadakis
Department of Political Science, Maastricht University
December 10, 2015

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Philip H. Pollock III

Philip H. Pollock III is a professor of political science at the University of Central Florida. He has taught courses in research methods at the undergraduate and graduate levels for more than thirty years. His main research interests are American public opinion, voting behavior, techniques of quantitative analysis, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. His recent research has been on the effectiveness of Internet-based instruction. Pollock’s research has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, Social Science Quarterly, and the British Journal of Political Science. Recent scholarly publications include articles in... More About Author