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**SPSS Guide: Correlation & Regression
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Once the data are entered, go to Analyze, Correlation, Bivariate to get this dialogue box. Move the variables (quantitative only) that you wish to correlate into the variables box and hit OK.

Correlations testscr Pearson Correlation Sig. (2-tailed) N Pearson Correlation Sig. (2-tailed) N Pearson Correlation Sig. (2-tailed) N Pearson Correlation Sig. (2-tailed) N testscr 1 studying .775** .003 12 12 .775** 1 .003 12 12 .368 .585* .239 .046 12 12 -.637* -.360 .026 .251 12 12 SAT .368 .239 12 .585* .046 12 1 12 .055 .866 12 absences -.637* .026 12 -.360 .251 12 .055 .866 12 1 12

This is a correlation matrix. It gives results for six correlations. You can ignore info above the diagonal. It’s redundant. The r-value. Indicates strength and direction (±) of the correlation. Bigger is better. The “*” means we can reject the null hypothesis (Ho). The p-value. Probability that you’d see an r-value of this size just by chance. Smaller is better. Reject Ho if p≤.05 [e.g., .046 is ≤ .05, so Reject.] Number of pairs in sample. Degrees of freedom (df) equals n-2. Statistical Hypotheses Every r value (a sample statistic) strives to represent ρ (The actual correlation value in the population). When r gets bigger, we get more confident that there really is a correlation. We know one of two things must be true. H 0: HA:

studying

SAT

absences

**. Correlation is significant at the 0.01 level (2-tailed). *. Correlation is significant at the 0.05 level (2-tailed).

In this case, the p-value is below the magic .05 so we REJECT the Ho. [We think absences really do correlate negatively with test score]. We’re HAPPY!!

In this case, the p-value is NOT below the magic .05 so we RETAIN the Ho. [We are NOT confident that there is a correlation between SAT and test score]. We’re SAD!!

ρ=0 ρ

0

[There is NO actual correlation] [This is a correlation]

KEY POINT: If p (the middle number) drops below .05, we REJECT the Ho. This makes us happy. We want to reject the null hypothesis because it means we have evidence that we found a true relationship. We explain a finding as follows: The [research] hypothesis was supported. Absences correlate significantly with Test Score, r (10) = -.637, p ≤ .05. Note: More on this later. Degrees of freedom (df) = n-2.

Jeff Sinn, Winthrop University, SPSS Guide – Correlation & Regression (rev 9/6)

our regression equation [ y’= bx + a ] becomes……… We can now predict test score (y) given any value of studying (x).017 .775a R Square .0 Scatterplot: Once the data are entered. and the p-value to check for significance. Error of the Estimate 10.740(x) + 31.Correlation & Regression Scatterplot & Regression (using the same data) 90 Criterion (y) Predictor (x) 80 Criterion (y) testscr 70 60 The regression equation/line – the predicted value: y’ 50 R Sq Linear = 0. Error 31. studying r Coefficientsa p Model 1 a b (Constant) studying Unstandardized Coefficients B Std.740 .775 t 2.560 Model Summary: gives you the rvalue. Predictor (x): What you predict with. Dependent Variable: testscr In this case.873 Sig.0 10.05. [leave on Simple] to get to this box. Criterion (y): What you predict. go to Graphs.960. Linear to get to this box. This means the relationship is reliable and can be used to make predictions. what you already know.0 15. We reject Ho if p≤ . but you need only these two. To add a regression line… Double click the graph to open the Chart Editor Go to Elements.0 studying 20. SPSS Guide – Correlation & Regression (rev 9/6) . Fit Line at Total [change nothing] Close the Fit Line box & close the Chart Editor Predictor (x) TO DO REGRESSION: go to Analyze.861 3. Scatter. Predictors: (Constant).0 25. Regression. y’ = 2.6 40 5. . Std.960 11.600 Adjusted R Square . [Note: It’s the same p value you see on the correlation matrix for these two variables.012 R .003 Coefficients: gives you the a & b values. Winthrop University. the r2 value.171 2. Put the criterion (the variable you will predict) on the y-axis and the predictor (the variable to predict with) on the x-axis.708 Standardized Coefficients Beta . Jeff Sinn. Model Summary Model 1 2 You will get four tables. a.] a.

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