A frequency distribution is a table that identifies how many respondents fell under each response option.
Note: For this example, General Social Survey 2016 data (located on "About SPSS" tab) is used to produce the frequency distribution on respondent sex.
1. Go to Analyze > Descriptive Statistics > Frequencies
2. Update settings of variables Part 1 of 2 to make analysis easier (YOU CAN SKIP THIS STEP). Right click on any variable. Change the setting to Display Variable Labels
3. Update settings of variables Part 2 of 2 to make analysis easier (YOU CAN SKIP THIS STEP). Right click on any variable. Change the setting to Sort Alphabetically
4. Find and click on the variable(s) you want to run a frequency distribution on.
5. Either click the over arrow OR hit Enter
6. Select OK
1. On the Syntax page type in the following code
FREQUENCIES VARIABLES= variable_name
2. Highlight the code you want to run and then hit the Green Play Button