While many people have likely used Excel to graph their data, Excel has limited functionality for creating many standard data visualizations. SPSS is a statistical software package that has a spreadsheet interface very similar to Excel, but with far more options for data visualization and data analysis. It is available to all SU faculty, staff, and students, through SU's virtual desktop (desktop.seattleu.edu).
In this workshop, we will discuss some underlying principles of what makes for good & useful data visualization. We will look at several standard types of graphs, and discuss how to decide which graphs are appropriate for a given set of data. And we will learn how to use SPSS to create these graphs.
This workshop will include demonstrations of creating these graphs as well as time for participants to try out SPSS for themselves. Example data sets will be provided, but if you have data from a project you're interested in working with, please bring that along and we can help you get started visualizing your data!
This will be an entry-level workshop. No prior experience in statistics or data visualization will be needed in order to participate.