How to create basic two-variable tables using DAS/SDA

To create a two-variable table, you must specify a row variable and a column variable. A common way of setting up a table is to put the independent variable on the top of the table (this is the column variable) and the dependent variable on the side of the table (this is the row variable). For a discussion of independent and dependent variables, see the section on principles of data analysis. When you are in the DAS/SDA frequencies/crosstabulation program, enter your variables in the row and column dialog boxes.

If the table is set up in the above fashion, you normally would want percentages by columns. You should click this option under table options.

If statistics are desired, that option should be checked under table options. For a discussion of the statistics that are commonly used for contingency tables, see the section on principles of data analysis. In these exercises, we have not asked you to generate statistics, but your instructor may suggest doing so.

It is possible to generate charts using the frequencies/crosstabulation program, but it is not necessary to do so, as all of the information that you need will be contained in the table that you generate. We therefore suggest that you select "no chart" under chart options.

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