Making Time Series Using SPSS

  1. Open SPSS.

  2. Click on the circle next to “Type in data”.

  3. Enter the time values in one of the columns, and enter the non-time values in another column.

  4. Click on the “Variable View” tab.

  5. Type in names for the time variable and the non-time variable.

  6. In the measure column, pick “Scale” for both variables.

  7. Click on “Graphs”, choose “Chart Builder” and click “OK” in the window that opens.

  8. Make sure the “Gallery” tab is selected, and under “Choose from” pick “Line”.

  9. Click on the “Simple Line” icon on the left corner and drag it into the large white rectangle with the blue type in the upper right side of the window.

  10. Under “Variables”, click on the time- variable and drag it onto the x-axis (horizontal axis) of the line chart.

  11. Under “Variables” again, click onto the non-time variable and drag it onto the y-axis (vertical axis) of the line chart.

  12. Click on the “Titles/Footnotes” tab and click on the box next to “Title 1”.

  13. In the “Element Properties” window, in the white rectangle under “Content”, type in a title for the graph and then click on “Apply”.

  14. Click on “OK” in the “Chart Builder” window and your qualitative bar chart will appear.

  15. If you want to change the axis titles, right click on the graph and then choose “Edit Content” and then choose “In a Separate Window”.  Click once and then twice (slower than a double click) on the axis label you want to change.  If another window appears, just close it.  You should eventually see the cursor in the title you want to change.  Then you can make any changes that are necessary.  If you close the window, the change will appear in the original graph.

  16. Next, click on “Edit” and “Copy”. If you have a Word document open, you now will be able to paste the qualitative bar chart into the Word document.

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