How to Enter Data Gender in SPSS Version 15.0


SPSS version 15 allows users to perform statistical analysis on sets of numerical data. In most cases, you must enter data manually into the program. When you have data like gender, which is not inherently numerical, you have to do some coding before you can enter your data. Luckily, SPSS version 15 permits users to code variables numerically by using value labels to define them.

  • Open a new or existing data editor in SPSS version 15. A new data editor should open when you enter the program for the first time, or you can open a new data editor by clicking "File" on the top toolbar, then "New" and then "Data."

  • Click the tab at the bottom of the screen labeled "Variable View." This will allow you to code your variables for gender before you input your data.

  • Type your variable label into the first cell under the column labeled "Name." In this case, you should label the variable "Gender." This is the label that will represent your variable in "Data View."

  • Set the variable type--the first cell under the column labeled "Type"--to "Numeric." Under the "Label" column, type in the full label for your variable. Again, you can use "Gender" or something more detailed like "Male or Female."

  • Click on the "Values" cell. A pop-up labeled "Value Labels" should appear. In the box labeled "Value," input the number you would like to represent "Male." You can use whatever number you like, as long as you can remember how you coded each gender. Most often the numbers 1 and 2 are used.

  • Write the gender you are coding in the "Label" box, then click the "Add" button. Code the other gender as in Step 5 and click "Add" again before clicking "OK." The pop-up screen will disappear, and you should see your coded values under the "Values" column.

  • Click the "Data View" tab at the bottom of the screen. You will see a column at the top labeled "Gender."

  • Enter your data using the numerical codes you gave your variable. Each row in the "Data View" represents one participant; after you've entered the gender data for one person, enter the gender code for the next participant in the cell below it. Continue until all of your gender data has been entered.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can ensure that you are entering the correct data codes by clicking "View" in the top toolbar and then checking the "Value Labels" box.

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