Differences between Quantitative and Qualitative Intros and Lit Reviews

The differences in the content and structure of a qualitative introduction and literature review as compared to a quantitative introduction and literature review.

Simply put, quantitative methods are utilized when the research contains variables that are numerical, and qualitative methods are utilized when the research contains variables that are based on language (Field, 2013).  Thus, each methods goals and procedures are quite different. This difference in goals and procedures drives differences in how a research paper’s introduction and literature review are written.

Introductions in a research paper allow the researcher to announce the problem and why it is important enough to be explored through a study.  Given that qualitative research may not have any known variables or theories, the introductions tend to vary tremendously (Creswell, 2014; Edmondson & MacManus, 2007).  Creswell (2014), suggested that qualitative methods introductions can begin with a quote from one the participants; stating the researchers’ personal story from a first person or third person viewpoint, or can be written in an inductive style.  There is less variation in quantitative methods introductions because the best way to introduce the problem is to introduce the variables, from an impersonal viewpoint (Creswell, 2014).  It is through gaining further understanding of these variables’ influence on a particular outcome is what’s driving the study in the first place.

The purpose of the literature review is for the researcher to share the results of other studies tangential to theirs to show how their study relates to the bigger picture and what gaps in the knowledge they are trying to solve (Creswell, 2014).  Edmondson and MacManus (2007) stated that when the nature of the field of research is nascent, the study becomes exploratory and qualitative in nature.  Given their exploratory nature, in qualitative methods, the researchers write their literature review in the form that is exploratory and in an inductive manner (Creswell, 2014).  Edmondson and MacManus (2007) stated that when the nature of the research is mature, there are plenty of related and existing research studies on the topic, a more quantitative approach is more appropriate.  Given that there is a huge body of knowledge to draw from when it comes to quantitative methods, the researchers tend to have substantially large amounts of literature at the beginning and structure it in a deductive fashion (Creswell, 2014).  Framing the literature review in a deductive manner allows the researcher at the end of the literature review to state clearly and measurably their research question(s) and hypotheses (Creswell, 2014; Miller, n.d.).

To conclude, understanding which methodological approach best fits a research study can help drive how the introduction and literature review sections are crafted and written.

References

  • Creswell, J. W. (2014) Research design: Qualitative, quantitative and mixed method approaches (4th ed.). California, SAGE Publications, Inc. VitalBook file.
  • Edmondson, A. C., & McManus, S. E. (2007). Methodological fit in management field research. Academy of Management Review, 32(4), 1155–1179. http://doi.org/10.5465/AMR.2007.26586086
  • Field, A. (2013) Discovering Statistics Using IBM SPSS Statistics (4th ed.). UK: Sage Publications Ltd. VitalBook file.

Quant: Chi-Square Test in SPSS

The aim of this analysis is to determine the association strength for the variables agecat and degree as well the major contributing cells through a chi-square analysis. Through the use of standardized residuals, it should aid in determining the cell contributions.

Introduction

The aim of this analysis is to determine the association strength for the variables agecat and degree as well the major contributing cells through a chi-square analysis. Through the use of standardized residuals, it should aid in determining the cell contributions.

Hypothesis

  • Null: There is no basis of difference between the agecat and degree
  • Alternative: There is are real differences between the agecat and degree

Methodology

For this project, the gss.sav file is loaded into SPSS (GSS, n.d.).  The goal is to look at the relationships between the following variables: agecat (Age category) and degree (Respondent’s highest degree).

To conduct a chi-square analysis, navigate through Analyze > Descriptive Statistics > Crosstabs.

The variable degree was placed in the “Row(s)” box and agecat was placed under “Column(s)” box.  Select “Statistics” button and select “Chi-square” and under the “Nominal” section select “Lambda”. Select the “Cells” button and select “Standardized” under the “Residuals” section. The procedures for this analysis are provided in video tutorial form by Miller (n.d.).  The following output were observed in the next four tables.

Results

Table 1: Case processing summary.

Cases
Valid Missing Total
N Percent N Percent N Percent
Degree * Age category 1411 99.4% 8 0.6% 1419 100.0%

From the total sample size of 1419 participants, 8 cases are reported to be missing, yielding a 99.4% response rate (Table 1).   Examining the cross tabulation, for the age groups 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60-89 the standardized residual is far less than -1.96 or far greater than +1.96 respectively.  Thus, the frequencies between these two differ significantly.  Finally, for the 60-89 age group the standardized residual is less than -1.96, making these two frequencies differ significantly.  Thus, for all these frequencies, SPSS identified that the observed frequencies are far apart from the expected frequencies (Miller, n.d.).  For those significant standardized residuals that are negative is pointing out that the SPSS model is over predicting people of that age group with that respective diploma (or lack thereof).  For those significant standardized residuals that are positive is point out that the SPSS model is under-predicting people of that age group with a lack of a diploma.

Table 2: Degree by Age category crosstabulation.

Age category Total
18-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60-89
Degree Less than high school Count 42 33 36 20 112 243
Standardized Residual -.1 -2.8 -2.3 -2.7 7.1
High school Count 138 162 154 113 158 725
Standardized Residual .9 .2 -.2 .4 -1.2
Junior college or more Count 68 115 114 78 68 443
Standardized Residual -1.1 1.8 1.9 1.4 -3.7
Total Count 248 310 304 211 338 1411

Deriving the degrees of freedom from Table 2, df = (5-1)*(3-1) is 8.  However, none of the expected counts were less than five because the minimum expected count is 36.3 (Table 3) which is desirable.  The chi-squared value is 96.364 and is significance at the 0.05 level. Thus, the null hypothesis is rejected, and there is a statistically significant association between a person’s age category and diploma level.  This test doesn’t tell us anything about the directionality of the relationship.

Table 3: Chi-Square Tests

Value df Asymptotic Significance (2-sided)
Pearson Chi-Square 96.364a 8 .000
Likelihood Ratio 90.580 8 .000
Linear-by-Linear Association 23.082 1 .000
N of Valid Cases 1411
a. 0 cells (0.0%) have expected count less than 5. The minimum expected count is 36.34.

Table 4: Directional Measures

Value Asymptotic Standard Errora Approximate Tb Approximate Significance
Nominal by Nominal Lambda Symmetric .029 .013 2.278 .023
Degree Dependent .000 .000 .c .c
Age category Dependent .048 .020 2.278 .023
Goodman and Kruskal tau Degree Dependent .024 .005 .000d
Age category Dependent .019 .004 .000d
a. Not assuming the null hypothesis.
b. Using the asymptotic standard error assuming the null hypothesis.
c. Cannot be computed because the asymptotic standard error equals zero.
d. Based on chi-square approximation

Since there is a statistically significant association between a person’s age category and diploma level, the chi-square test doesn’t show how much these variables are related to each other. The lambda value (when we reject the null hypothesis) is 0.029; there is a 2.9% relationship between the two variables. Thus the relationship has a very weak effect (Table 4). Thus, 2.9% of the variance is accounted for, and there is nothing going on in here.

Conclusions

There is a statistically significant association between a person’s age category and diploma level.  According to the crosstabulation, the SPSS model is significantly over-predicting the number of people with less education than a high school diploma for the age groups of 20-59 as well as those with a college degree for the 60-89 age group.  This difference in the standard residual helped drive a large and statistically significant chi-square value. With a lambda of 0.029, it shows that 2.9% of the variance is accounted for, and there is nothing going on in here.

SPSS Code

CROSSTABS

  /TABLES=ndegree BY agecat

  /FORMAT=AVALUE TABLES

  /STATISTICS=CHISQ CC LAMBDA

  /CELLS=COUNT SRESID

  /COUNT ROUND CELL.

References:

Quant: Linear Regression in SPSS

The aim of this analysis is to look at the relationship between a father’s education level (dependent variable) when you know the mother’s education level (independent variable). The variable names are “paeduc” and “maeduc.” Thus, the hope is to determine the linear regression equation for predicting the father’s education level from the mother’s education.

Introduction

The aim of this analysis is to look at the relationship between a father’s education level (dependent variable) when you know the mother’s education level (independent variable). The variable names are “paeduc” and “maeduc.” Thus, the hope is to determine the linear regression equation for predicting the father’s education level from the mother’s education.

From the SPSS outputs the following questions will be addressed:

  • How much of the total variance have you accounted for with the equation?
  • Based upon your equation, what level of education would you predict for the father when the mother has 16 years of education?

Methodology

For this project, the gss.sav file is loaded into SPSS (GSS, n.d.).  The goal is to look at the relationships between the following variables: paeduc (HIGHEST YEAR SCHOOL COMPLETED, FATHER) and maeduc (HIGHEST YEAR SCHOOL COMPLETED, MOTHER). To conduct a linear regression analysis navigate through Analyze > Regression > Linear Regression.  The variable paeduc was placed in the “Dependent List” box, and maeduc was placed under “Independent(s)” box.  The procedures for this analysis are provided in video tutorial form by Miller (n.d.).  The following output was observed in the next four tables.

The relationship between paeduc and maeduc are plotted in a scatterplot by using the chart builder.  Code to run the chart builder code is shown in the code section, and the resulting image is shown in the results section.

Results

Table 1: Variables Entered/Removed

Model Variables Entered Variables Removed Method
1 HIGHEST YEAR SCHOOL COMPLETED, MOTHERb . Enter
a. Dependent Variable: HIGHEST YEAR SCHOOL COMPLETED, FATHER
b. All requested variables entered.

Table 1, reports that for the linear regression analysis the dependent variable is the highest years of school completed for the father and the independent variable is the highest year of school completed by the mother.  No variables were removed.

Table 2: Model Summary

Model R R Square Adjusted R Square Std. Error of the Estimate
1 .639a .408 .407 3.162
a. Predictors: (Constant), HIGHEST YEAR SCHOOL COMPLETED, MOTHER
b. Dependent Variable: HIGHEST YEAR SCHOOL COMPLETED, FATHER

For a linear regression trying to predict the father’s highest year of school completed based on his wife’s highest year of school completed, the correlation is positive with a value of 0.639, which can only 0.408 of the variance explained (Table 2) and 0.582 of the variance is unexplained.  The linear regression formula or line of best fit (Table 4) is: y = 0.76 x + (2.572 years) + e.  The line of best fit essentially explains in equation form the mathematical relationship between two variables and in this case the father’s and mother’s highest education level.  Thus, if the mother has completed her bachelors’ degree (16th year), then this equation would yield (y = 2.572 years + 0.76 (16 years) + e = 14.732 years + e).  The e is the error in this prediction formula, and it exists because of the r2 value is not exactly -1.0 or +1.0.  The ANOVA table (Table 3) describes that this relationship between these two variables is statistically significant at the 0.05 level.

Table 3: ANOVA Table

Model Sum of Squares df Mean Square F Sig.
1 Regression 6231.521 1 6231.521 623.457 .000b
Residual 9045.579 905 9.995
Total 15277.100 906
a. Dependent Variable: HIGHEST YEAR SCHOOL COMPLETED, FATHER
b. Predictors: (Constant), HIGHEST YEAR SCHOOL COMPLETED, MOTHER

Table 4: Coefficients

Model Unstandardized Coefficients Standardized Coefficients t Sig.
B Std. Error Beta
1 (Constant) 2.572 .367 7.009 .000
HIGHEST YEAR SCHOOL COMPLETED, MOTHER .760 .030 .639 24.969 .000
a. Dependent Variable: HIGHEST YEAR SCHOOL COMPLETED, FATHER

The image below (Figure 1), is a scatter plot, which is plotting the highest year of school completed by the mother vs. the father along with the linear regression line (Table 4) and box plot images of each respective distribution.  There are more outliers in the husband’s education level compared to those of the wife’s education level, and the spread of the education level is more concentrated about the median for the husband’s education level.

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Figure 1: Highest year of school completed by the mother vs the father scatter plot with regression line and box plot images of each respective distribution.

Conclusion

There is a statistically significant relation between the husband’s and wife’s highest year of education completed.  The line of best-fit formula shows a moderately positive correlation and is defined as y = 0.76 x + (2.572 years) + e; which can only explain 40.8% of the variance, while 58.2% of the variance is unexplained.

SPSS Code

DATASET NAME DataSet1 WINDOW=FRONT.

REGRESSION

  /MISSING LISTWISE

  /STATISTICS COEFF OUTS R ANOVA

  /CRITERIA=PIN(.05) POUT(.10)

  /NOORIGIN

  /DEPENDENT paeduc

  /METHOD=ENTER maeduc

  /CASEWISE PLOT(ZRESID) OUTLIERS(3).

STATS REGRESS PLOT YVARS=paeduc XVARS=maeduc

/OPTIONS CATEGORICAL=BARS GROUP=1 BOXPLOTS INDENT=15 YSCALE=75

/FITLINES LINEAR APPLYTO=TOTAL.

References:

Quant: Statistical Significance

Presume that you have analyzed a relationship between 2 management styles and found they are significantly related. A statistician has looked at your output and said that the results really do not explain much of what is happening in the total relationship.

In quantitative research methodologies, meaningful results get reported and their statistical significance, confidence intervals and effect sizes (Creswell, 2014). If the results from a statistical test have a low probability of occurring by chance (5% or 1% or less) then the statistical test is considered significant (Creswell, 2014; Field, 2014; Huck, 2011).  Low statistical significance values usually try to protect against type I errors (Huck, 2011). Statistical significance test can have the same effect yet result in different values (Field, 2014).  Statistical significance on large samples sizes can be affected by small differences and can show up as significant, while in smaller samples large differences may be deemed insignificant (Field, 2014).  Statistically significant results allow the researcher to reject a null hypothesis but do not test the importance of the observations made (Huck, 2011).  Huck (2011) stated two main factors that could influence whether or not a result is statistically significant is the quality of the research question and research design.  This is why Creswell (2014) also stated confidence intervals and effect size. Confidence intervals explain a range of values that describe the uncertainty of the overall observation and effect size defines the strength of the conclusions made on the observations (Creswell, 2014).  Huck (2011) suggested that after statistical significance is calculated and the research can either reject or fail to reject a null hypothesis, effect size analysis should be conducted.  The effect size allows researchers to measure objectively the magnitude or practical significance of the research findings through looking at the differential impact of the variables (Huck, 2011; Field, 2014).  Field (2014), defines one way of measuring the effect size is through Cohen’s d: d = (Avg(x1) – Avg(x2))/(standard deviation).  There are multiple ways to pick a standard deviation for the denominator of the effect size equation: control group standard deviation, group standard deviation, population standard deviation or pooling the groups of standard deviations that are assuming there is independence between the groups (Field, 2014).   If d = 0.2 there is a small effect, d = 0.5 there is a moderate effect, and d = 0.8 or more there is a large effect (Field, 2014; Huck, 2011). Thus, this could be the reason why the statistical test yielded a statistically significant value, but further analysis with effect size could show that those statistically significant results do not explain much of what is happening in the total relationship.

Resources

  • Creswell, J. W. (2014) Research design: Qualitative, quantitative and mixed method approaches (4th ed.). California, SAGE Publications, Inc. VitalBook file.
  • Field, A. (2011) Discovering Statistics Using IBM SPSS Statistics (4th ed.). UK: Sage Publications Ltd. VitalBook file.
  • Huck, S. W. (2013) Reading Statistics and Research (6th ed.). Pearson Learning Solutions. VitalBook file.

Quant: Regression and Correlations

Top management of a large company has told you that they really would like to be able to determine what the impact of years of service at their company has on workers’ productivity levels, and they would like to be able to predict potential productivity based upon years of service. The company has data on all of its employees and has been using a valid productivity measure that assesses each employee’s productivity. You have told management that there is a possible way to do that.

Through a regression analysis, it should be possible to predict the potential productivity based upon years of service, depending on two factors: (1) that the productivity assessment tool is valid and reliable (Creswell, 2014) and (2) we have a large enough sample size to conduct our analysis and be able to draw statistical inference of the population based on the sample data which has been collected (Huck, 2011). Assuming these two conditions are met, then regression analysis could be made on the data to create a prediction formula. Regression formulas are useful for summarizing the relationship between the variables in question (Huck, 2011). There are multiple types of regression all of them are tests of prediction: Linear, Multiple, Log-Linear, Quadratic, Cubic, etc. (Huck, 2011; Schumacker, 2014).  The linear regression is the most well-known because it uses basic algebra, a straight line, and the Pearson correlation coefficient to aid in stating the regression’s prediction strength (Huck, 2011; Schumacker, 2014).  The linear regression formula is: y = a + bx + e, where y is the dependent variable (in this case the productivity measure), x is the independent variable (years of service), a (the intercept) and b (the regression weight) are a constants that are to be defined through the regression analysis, and e is the regression prediction error (Field, 2013; Schumacker, 2014).  The sum of the errors should be equal to zero (Schumacker, 2014).

Linear regression models try to describe the relationship between one dependent and one independent variable, which are measured at the ratios or interval level (Schumacker, 2014).  However, other regression models are tested to find the best regression fit over the data.  Even though these are different regression tests, the goal for each regression model is to try to describe the current relationship between the dependent variable and the independent variable(s) and for predicting.  Multiple regression is used when there are multiple independent variables (Huck, 2011; Schumacker, 2014). Log-Linear Regression is using a categorical or continuously independent variable (Schumacker, 2014). Quadratic and Cubic regressions use a quadratic and cubic formula to help predict trends that are quadratic or cubic in nature respectively (Field, 2013).  When modeling predict potential productivity based upon years of service the regression with the strongest correlation will be used as it is that regression formula that explains the variance between the variables the best.   However, just because the regression formula can predict some or most of the variance between the variables, it will never imply causation (Field, 2013).

Correlations help define the strength of the regression formula in defining the relationships between the variables, and can vary in value from -1 to +1.  The closer the correlation coefficient is to -1 or +1; it informs the researcher that the regression formula is a good predictor of the variance between the variables.  The closer the correlation coefficient is to zero, indicates that there is hardly any relationship between the variable (Field, 2013; Huck, 2011; Schumacker, 2014).  A negative correlation could show that as the years of service increases the productivity measured is decreased, which could be caused by apathy or some other factor that has yet to be measured.  A positive correlation could show that as the years of service increases the productivity also measured increases, which could also be influenced by other factors that are not directly related to the years of service.  Thus, correlation doesn’t imply causation, but can help determine the percentage of the variances between the variables by the regression formula result, when the correlation value is squared (r2) (Field, 2013).

References

  • Creswell, J. W. (2014) Research design: Qualitative, quantitative and mixed method approaches (4th ed.). California, SAGE Publications, Inc. VitalBook file.
  • Field, A. (2013) Discovering Statistics Using IBM SPSS Statistics (4th ed.). UK: Sage Publications Ltd. VitalBook file.
  • Huck, S. W. (2011) Reading Statistics and Research (6th ed.). Pearson Learning Solutions. VitalBook file.
  • Schumacker, R. E. (2014) Learning statistics using R. California, SAGE Publications, Inc, VitalBook file.

Quant: ANOVA and Multiple Comparisons in SPSS

The aim of this analysis is to look at the relationship between the dependent variable of the income level of respondents (rincdol) and the independent variable of their reported level of happiness (happy). This independent variable has at least 3 or more levels within it.

Introduction

The aim of this analysis is to look at the relationship between the dependent variable of the income level of respondents (rincdol) and the independent variable of their reported level of happiness (happy).   This independent variable has at least 3 or more levels within it.

From the SPSS outputs the goal is to:

  • How to use the ANOVA program to determine the overall conclusion. Use of the Bonferroni correction as a post-hoc analysis to determine the relationship of specific levels of happiness to income.

Hypothesis

  • Null: There is no basis of difference between the overall rincdol and happy
  • Alternative: There is are real differences between the overall rincdol and happy
  • Null2: There is no basis of difference between the certain pairs of rincdol and happy
  • Alternative2: There is are real differences between the certain pairs of rincdol and happy

Methodology

For this project, the gss.sav file is loaded into SPSS (GSS, n.d.).  The goal is to look at the relationships between the following variables: rincdol (Respondent’s income; ranges recoded to midpoints) and happy (General Happiness). To conduct a parametric analysis, navigate to Analyze > Compare Means > One-Way ANOVA.  The variable rincdol was placed in the “Dependent List” box, and happy was placed under “Factor” box.  Select “Post Hoc” and under the “Equal Variances Assumed” select “Bonferroni”.  The procedures for this analysis are provided in video tutorial form by Miller (n.d.). The following output was observed in the next two tables.

The relationship between rincdol and happy are plotted by using the chart builder.  Code to run the chart builder code is shown in the code section, and the resulting image is shown in the results section.

Results

Table 1: ANOVA

Respondent’s income; ranges recoded to midpoints
Sum of Squares df Mean Square F Sig.
Between Groups 11009722680.000 2 5504861341.000 9.889 .000
Within Groups 499905585000.000 898 556687733.900
Total 510915307700.000 900

Through the ANOVA analysis, Table 1, it shows that the overall ANOVA shows statistical significance, such that the first Null hypothesis is rejected at the 0.05 level. Thus, there is a statistically significant difference in the relationship between the overall rincdol and happy variables.  However, the difference between the means at various levels.

Table 2: Multiple Comparisons

Dependent Variable:   Respondent’s income; ranges recoded to midpoints
Bonferroni
(I) GENERAL HAPPINESS (J) GENERAL HAPPINESS Mean Difference (I-J) Std. Error Sig. 95% Confidence Interval
Lower Bound Upper Bound
VERY HAPPY PRETTY HAPPY 4093.678 1744.832 .058 -91.26 8278.61
NOT TOO HAPPY 12808.643* 2912.527 .000 5823.02 19794.26
PRETTY HAPPY VERY HAPPY -4093.678 1744.832 .058 -8278.61 91.26
NOT TOO HAPPY 8714.965* 2740.045 .005 2143.04 15286.89
NOT TOO HAPPY VERY HAPPY -12808.643* 2912.527 .000 -19794.26 -5823.02
PRETTY HAPPY -8714.965* 2740.045 .005 -15286.89 -2143.04
*. The mean difference is significant at the 0.05 level.

According to Table 2, for the pairings of “Very Happy” and “Pretty Happy” did not disprove the Null2 for that case at the 0.05 level. But, all other pairings “Very Happy” and “Not Too Happy” with “Pretty Happy” and “Not Too Happy” can reject the Null2 hypothesis at the 0.05 level.  Thus, there is a difference when comparing across the three different pairs.

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Figure 1: Graphed means of General Happiness versus incomes.

The relationship between general happiness and income are positively correlated (Figure 1).  That means that a low level of general happiness in a person usually have lower recorded mean incomes and vice versa.  There is no direction or causality that can be made from this analysis.  It is not that high amounts of income cause general happiness, or happy people make more money due to their positivism attitude towards life.

SPSS Code

DATASET NAME DataSet1 WINDOW=FRONT.

ONEWAY rincdol BY happy

  /MISSING ANALYSIS

  /POSTHOC=BONFERRONI ALPHA(0.05).

* Chart Builder.

GGRAPH

  /GRAPHDATASET NAME=”graphdataset” VARIABLES=happy MEAN(rincdol)[name=”MEAN_rincdol”]

    MISSING=LISTWISE REPORTMISSING=NO

  /GRAPHSPEC SOURCE=INLINE.

BEGIN GPL

  SOURCE: s=userSource(id(“graphdataset”))

  DATA: happy=col(source(s), name(“happy”), unit.category())

  DATA: MEAN_rincdol=col(source(s), name(“MEAN_rincdol”))

  GUIDE: axis(dim(1), label(“GENERAL HAPPINESS”))

  GUIDE: axis(dim(2), label(“Mean Respondent’s income; ranges recoded to midpoints”))

  SCALE: cat(dim(1), include(“1”, “2”, “3”))

  SCALE: linear(dim(2), include(0))

  ELEMENT: line(position(happy*MEAN_rincdol), missing.wings())

END GPL.

References:

Quant: Group Statistics in SPSS

The aim of this analysis is to make a decision about whether a person is alive or dead ten years after a coronary is reflected in a significant difference in his diastolic blood pressure taken when that event occurred. The variable “DBP58” will be used as a dependent variable and “Vital10” as an independent variable.

Introduction

The aim of this analysis is to make a decision about whether a person is alive or dead ten years after a coronary is reflected in a significant difference in his diastolic blood pressure taken when that event occurred. The variable “DBP58” will be used as a dependent variable and “Vital10” as an independent variable.

From the SPSS outputs the goal is to:

  • Analyze these conditions to determine if there is a significant difference between the DBP levels of those (vital10) who are alive 10 years later compared to those who died within 10 years.

Hypothesis

  • Null: There is no basis of difference between the DBP58 and Vital10
  • Alternative: There is are real differences between the DBP58 and Vital10

Methodology

For this project, the electric.sav file is loaded into SPSS (Electric, n.d.).  The goal is to look at the relationships between the following variables: DBP58 (Average Diastolic Blood Pressure) and Vital10 (Status at Ten Years). To conduct a parametric analysis, navigate to Analyze > Compare Means > Paired-Samples T Test.  The variable DBP58 was placed in the “Test Variables” box, and Vital10 was placed under “grouping variable” box.  Then select the “Define Groups” button and enter 0 for “Group 1” and 1 for “Group 2”.  The procedures for this analysis are provided in video tutorial form by Miller (n.d.). The following output was observed in the next two tables.

Results

Table 1: Group Statistics

Status at Ten Years N Mean Std. Deviation Std. Error Mean
Average Diast Blood Pressure 58 Alive 178 87.56 11.446 .858
Dead 61 92.38 16.477 2.110

According to the results in Table 1, the mean diastolic blood pressure of those who have passed away ten years later was 5 points higher and had a huge standard deviation.  Thus, those who are alive ten years later have a smaller variation of their diastolic blood pressure.

Table 2: Independent Samples Test

Levene’s Test for Equality of Variances t-test for Equality of Means
F Sig. t df Sig. (2-tailed) Mean Difference Std. Error Difference 95% Confidence Interval of the Difference
Lower Upper
Average Diast Blood Pressure 58 Equal variances assumed 8.815 .003 -2.515 237 .013 -4.815 1.915 -8.587 -1.043
Equal variances not assumed -2.114 80.735 .038 -4.815 2.277 -9.347 -.284

According to the independent t-test for equality of means, shows that there is no equality in the variance at the 0.05 level, such that when equal variances are not assumed, the null hypothesis could be rejected at the 0.05 level because the significance value is 0.038.  Thus, there is a statistically significant difference between the means of diastolic blood pressure of those who are alive and those who have passed away.

SPSS Code

DATASET NAME DataSet1 WINDOW=FRONT.

T-TEST GROUPS=vital10(0 1)

  /MISSING=ANALYSIS

  /VARIABLES=dbp58

  /CRITERIA=CI(.95).

References: