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To PLEASE LEAVE BLANK), containing aids to scoring the questionnaire. Such an arrangement enables responses to the completed questionnaire to be coded directly on the form and later copied onto special data sheets or entered directly into a computer data file. Preparing a questionnaire The first step is to construct an initial draft of the questionnaire. It is useful, even at this stage, to think in terms of the variables which will be produced. Certain types of analysis demand numerical rather than categorical variables, for example, so the form a question takes may be partly determined by the type of analysis needed.

We could code the answers to this question in terms of a single variable by merely counting the number of ticks given - 0 to 8 - but this form of coding would clearly not capture the full details of the data available on a completed questionnaire. We might wish, at some future stage, to count the number of respondents who had engaged in each of the individual games. To preserve the full information from respondents' answers we should treat question (f) as containing eight Collecting and Coding Data 21 separate items, and hence code the answers in terms of eight separate variables.

To use the computer efficiently it is best to create your own directory and to work from this. Thus your own files of data, etc. do not need to be stored in the SPSS directory itself. Before describing how such a personal directory can be created, however, we need to understand the different levels of program which will be involved in our use of SPSS/PC+ on the microcomputer. 3 The three program levels Level 1: DOS (the disk operating system) DOS consists of a group of programs which enables the user to manipulate information stored either on the hard disk or on diskettes.

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