WU Introduction to Quantitative Analysis Descriptive Analysis Report


For this Introduction to Quantitative Analysis: Descriptive Analysis Assignment, you will examine the same two variables you used from your Week 2 Assignment and perform the appropriate descriptive analysis of the data given.

To prepare for this Assignment:

  • Review this week’s Learning Resources and the Central      Tendency and Variability media program.
  • For additional support, review the Skill      Builder: Measures of Central Tendency for Continuous Variables, Skill      Builder: Standard Deviation as a Measure of Variability for Continuous      Variables and the Skill Builder: Measures of Central      Tendency and Variability for Categorical Variables, which you can find      by navigating back to your Blackboard Course Home Page. From there, locate      the Skill Builder link in the left navigation pane.
  • Using the SPSS software, open the Afrobarometer dataset      or the High School Longitudinal Study dataset from your Assignment in Week      2.
  • Choose the same two variables you chose from your Week      2 Assignment and perform the appropriate descriptive analysis of the data.
  • Once you perform your descriptive analysis, review      Chapter 11 of the Wagner text to understand how to copy and paste your      output into your Word document.

Write a 2- to 3-paragraph analysis of your descriptive analysis results and include a copy and paste your output from your analysis into your final document.

Based on the results of your data, provide a brief explanation of what the implications for social change might be. Early in your Assignment, when you relate which dataset you analyzed, please include the mean of the following variables. If you are using the Afrobarometer Dataset, report the mean of Q1 (Age). If you are using the HS Long Survey Dataset, report the mean of X1SES.

Use appropriate APA format, citations and referencing. Refer to the APA manual for appropriate citation.

Learning Resources

Required Readings

Frankfort-Nachmias, C., Leon-Guerrero, A., & Davis, G. (2020). Social statistics for a diverse society (9th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

  • Chapter 3, “Measures of      Central Tendency” (pp. 75-111)
  • Chapter 4, “Measures of      Variability” (pp. 113-150)

Wagner, III, W. E. (2020). Using IBM® SPSS® statistics for research methods and social science statistics (7th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

  • Chapter 4, “Organization and      Presentation of Information”
  • Chapter 11, “Editing Output”


Your instructor will post the datasets for the course in the Doc Sharing section and in an Announcement. Your instructor may also recommend using a different dataset from the ones provided here.

Required Media

Laureate Education (Producer). (2016d). Descriptive statistics [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 7 minutes.

In this media program, Dr. Matt Jones demonstrates the procedures used for central tendency and variability using SPSS software. Focus on how this demonstration might support your analysis in this week’s Assignment.

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Optional Resources

Wheelan, C. (2013). Naked statistics: Stripping the dread from data. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company.

Skill Builders:

  • Measures of      Central Tendency for Continuous Variables
  • Standard      Deviation as a Measure of Variability for Continuous Variables
  • Measures of      Central Tendency and Variability for Categorical Variables