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WEEK THREE ASSIGNMENT Comment by Laurie Slifka: Make sure to use APA 7 format for title page https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_formatting_and_style_guide/general_format.html

Barbara Maclure

Dr. L. Slifka

07/22/2021

Part I

A new variable MURDPCT was created using murders and violent crimes in SPSS. The variable was calculated by dividing murders in 2008 by violent crimes in the same year for all the states. The mean was calculated and table 1 shows the results. Comment by Laurie Slifka: I would report the results in text as opposed to in a table. A table is generally reserved for when you have many values, and it would be cleaner to present. In this case, you only have one mean and SD.

Table 1: Mean for MURDCT

Descriptive Statistics

N

Mean

Std. Deviation

MURDPCT

51

1.1881

.46547

Valid N (listwise)

51

Results showed that there were 51 states and the mean for the new calculated variable was 1.19% (Sweet, S, & Grace-Martin, K,.2011).

State with highest violent crimes that are murders

The state with the highest percentage of violent crimes that are murders was determined by sorting all the cases in a descending order. This can be achieved by highlighting the created variable MURDCT, right clicking it clicking descending. According to the results, Mississippi had the highest violent crimes that are murders. The mean for violent crimes that are murders was 2.83%.

State with lowest violent crimes that are murders

After sorting the cases, the lowest violent crimes that are murders will be in the last row. According to the analysis, the state with the lowest violent crimes that are murders was North Dakota. It had a mean of 0.28%.

Part II

This section utilizes GSS08 dataset to record variables and perform analysis required for decision making.

Frequency was determined for the created variable (DEGREE3) and the results was as shown in table 2.

Table 2: Frequency table

Highest Degree Earned 3 Categories

Frequency

Percent

Valid Percent

Cumulative Percent

Valid Comment by Laurie Slifka: Remember not to copy and paste output from SPSS. Your job is to take the SPSS output and interpret it for the reader.

Less than a high school degree

297

14.7

14.7

14.7

High school or junior college degree

1176

58.1

58.2

72.8

Bachelor or graduate degree

549

27.1

27.2

100.0

Total

2022

100.0

100.0

Missing

System

1

.0

Total

2023

100.0

Analysis showed that 14.7% did not finish high school. That was about 297 participants who had less than a high school degree.

The results showed that 58.2% earned a high school or junior college degree. This was the highest category with 1176 out of 2023 participants.

Those with a bachelors or graduate degree were 27.2% of the participants. This category had 549 participants out of the total participants of the study.

Graphical representation

A bar graph was created to visually represent the data. Figure 1 shows the results of the bar graph.

Figure 1: Bar graph for DEGREE3

Comment by Laurie Slifka: Please put title and figure number in APA format

According to the graph, participants with less than a high school degree were the least. Those with highest school or junior college degree were the most followed by those with a bachelor or graduate degree.

Reference

Sweet, S, & Grace-Martin, K, (2011). Data Analysis with SPSS: A First Course in Applied Statistics