Dealing with negative nine numbers

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skyman
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Dealing with negative nine numbers

Postby skyman » Fri Jan 31, 2014 12:29 am

Hello I'm a bit new to this.

I'm working with SPSS 21.0
Windows 7 operating system
I did a search of the forums and could not find this topic

Been working on a data set and I'm trying to get the means across 4 data columns of data points. The numerical Data range is 0-6 but the 'not applicable' and 'unable to assess' responses were coded and given -8 and -9 respectively. I want to get the means of the responses but the negative numbers are throwing me off because they are being included in the analysis. I've looked up what I could do in the SPSS help section and my SPSS book (SPSS Survival Manual) but could not find anything to clarify what I can do?

I would appreciate any guidance and thank you
skyman
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Joined: Fri Jan 31, 2014 12:07 am

Re: Dealing with negative nine numbers

Postby skyman » Fri Jan 31, 2014 3:30 am

Ok I found out what happened. As you can probably guess I did not set up the data base and the -8 and -9 had not been assigned as missing variables in the data editor section so I went back and assigned them as missing. Sorry to bother you guys.

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