Short Course on Research using Spss with the Standard-Cross-Cultural Sample (SCCS)
Suitable for a 7 hour one-day workshop or 4+ 80 minute classes. Please let drwhite [at] uci [dot] edu know about educational
use of these public domain materials so that I can list them at the SCCS courses website for the benefit of
TOPIC: For you or your group to choose a topic of study, you need to begin by finding and reading a number of
CROSS-CULTURAL ARTICLES DOWNLOADABLE AS PDFS (UCLA:use Expanded Academic ASAP) or books
USING the SCCS for cross-cultural research.
SOFTWARE: If you are not in a lab with the software
go to Spss to choose a software supplier
to Amazon for the same Spss in student version
DATA: Use the Spss version of the Standard-Cross-Cultural Sample
database - what is it? Standard-Cross-Cultural Sample Encyclopedia article
World Cultures Spss file with DRW factor additions, polygyny codes
MANUAL with instructions for Cross-Tabs, Maps, Graphs: Using SPSS: Analysis and Comparison in the Social Sciences
Search This Site!/Link to Google. When using /Analyse/Regression/Linear in Spss,
click Statistics and [x] Durbin-Watson; then use the Durbin-Watson
tables to evaluate Galton's problem and reduce the effective sample size if needed.
Steps to Cross-Cultural Research - use the web links here
Step 1. Find what you're interested in (using the SCCS Codebook) and form a hypothesis
Cut and paste the numbers and categories of each variable for study into your workfile (e.g., paste into Word). Turn in an outline
with references (step 4), variables, hypotheses, and what you expect from crosstabs as tests of the hypotheses.
Step 2. Do crosstabs, checking strength of correlations, and examine alternatives
Open the database in Spss, /Analyze/Descriptive/Crosstabs and enter your variables
When needed, Transform/Recode/into new variable and reorder or combine categories
Step 3. Make Visual Representations of Data
Experiment with /Graphs but then read the MANUAL for graphs and maps
Step 4. Do plenty of research, using reliable sources
Step 5. Bring it all together in a clear, well organized, and well written paper and
powerpoint or pdf presentation.
The materials for this site are developed with many different authors,
as named in respective publications in site materials, but particularly in contributions and collaborations
with the successive editors and publishers of the World
Cultures eJournal (WCej) and other collaborators who
improved the quality and capabilities of the computerizes materials. These include Greg Truex (WCej editor 1990-1991),
Michael Fischer (EthnoAtlas interactive software, 1999), Pat Gray (WCej editor, 1992-present),
Peter Peregrine (WCej editor, 1992-1999), Stephen Borgatti (WCej publisher, 1993-1995),
William Divale (WCej publisher, 1999-present), and Andrej Korotayev (WCej Spss datafile mapping, 2003),
We thank the National Science Foundation for the initial funding for the SCCS Cross-Cultural Cumulative Coding Center
in an award to G. P. Murdock and D. R. White, 1968-1973. Most of the research materials and software developed
for the SCCS have been contributed to the public domain for research and educational purposes.