DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS

Analyses often begin by examining basic descriptive-level information about data. The most common and useful descriptive statistics are

Mean
Median
Mode
Frequency
Quartiles
Sum
Variance
Standard deviation
Minimum/Maximum
Range

Note: All of these are appropriate for continuous variables, and frequency and mode are also appropriate for categorical variables.

If you just want to obtain the mean and standard deviation for a set of variables

Choose Analyze  then goto Descriptive Statistics then
goto Descriptives.
Move the variables of interest to the Variable(s) box.
Click the OK button.

If you want to obtain any other statistics

Choose Analyze then goto Descriptive Statistics then
goto Frequencies.
Move the variables of interest to the Variable(s) box
Click the Statistics button.
Check the boxes next to the statistics you want.
Click the Continue button.
Click the OK button.