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SPSS: Frequency Distribution

What is a Frequency Distribution?

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.

Steps to Frequency Distributions: Point and Click

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

Steps to Frequency Distributions: Code

1. On the Syntax page type in the following code

FREQUENCIES VARIABLES= variable_name

/ORDER= ANALYSIS.

Example:

FREQUENCIES VARIABLES=sex

/ORDER= ANALYSIS.

2. Highlight the code you want to run and then hit the Green Play Button