How to Locate the Sample Files in SPSS or PASW Statistics


SPSS (now also known as PASW Statistics) comes with several sample files intended to teach you how to use the program and make it easy to run your very first analyses. Unfortunately, they aren't always easy to find.

Things You'll Need

  • SPSS (any version), also known as PASW Statistics
  • Launch SPSS. If you are prompted with a window that asks "What would you like to do?" choose the option "Type in data".

  • Select "Open" from the "File" tab on the menu bar and mouse over to "Data...". Clicking the mouse will bring up the "Open File" dialog box.

  • Navigate to the "Samples" folder within your SPSS installation directory. The location of this folder will vary according to which version of SPSS you have; consult the following list to find the "Samples" folder in your version:

    IBM SPSS Statistics 19.0:
    C:\Program Files\IBM\SPSS\Statistics\19\Samples\English

    PASW Statistics 18.0"
    C:\Program Files\SPSSInc\PASWStatistics18\Samples\English

    PASW Statistics 17.0"
    C:\Program Files\SPSSInc\PASWStatistics17\Samples\English

    SPSS16 Full (Single User):
    C:\Program Files\SPSSInc\SPSS16\Samples

    SPSS16 Graduate Pack:
    C:\Program Files\SPSSInc\SPSS16GP\Samples

    SPSS16 Student:

    C:\Program Files\SPSSInc\SPSS16Student\Samples

    SPSS16 Faculty Pack:
    C:\Program Files\SPSSInc\SPSS16FP\Samples

    SPSS16 Career Starter:
    C:\Program Files\SPSSInc\SPSS16CS\Samples

    SPSS15 Full (Single User):
    C:\Program Files\SPSS\Tutorial\sample_files

    SPSS15 Graduate Pack:
    C:\Program Files\SPSS GP\Tutorial\sample_files

    SPSS15 Student Version:
    C:\Program Files\SPSS Student\Tutorial\sample_files

    SPSS15 Faculty Pack:
    C:\Program Files\SPSS Faculty Pack\Tutorial\sample_files

    SPSS15 Career Starter:
    C:\Program Files\SPSS CS\Tutorial\sample_file

  • Select any of the sample files and click "Open."

Tips & Warnings

  • To get started playing with some of the data and running analyses, you can begin the SPSS tutorial by selecting "Tutorial" from "Help" tab on the menu bar.
  • For an explanation of each sample file and the kind of data it contains, go to the "Help" tab, select "Topics" and wait for the help index page to appear. The description of each sample file is found on the page titled "Sample Files" near the bottom of the subheadings of the first help topic ("Base System").

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