Anyone please help with a simple SPSS question?

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MysticM
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Anyone please help with a simple SPSS question?

Postby MysticM » Sat Nov 28, 2015 9:01 pm

Hi, I'm new to this forum. I have little statistical knowledge and a conference deadline Monday. I need to analyze a simple data-set. I have variable A (with a condition same for all cases), a moderator variable B and the outcome variable C. I'm trying to see if variable A condition and variable C conditions are present, to what extent variable B mediates variable C? I've tried to write a simple syntax to compute two variables: New_Variable_1 (variable A if Moderator Variable B >0, & Variable 3) and New_Variable_2 (variable A if Moderator Variable B =0 & variable 3). So then I could compare them to variable 3. But when I run descriptives for new variables it gives me N of cases same for both new variables, 1 and 2 :((( What am I doing wrong?? And is it even the right way to approach this problem?
I can also share more details, or a syntax file if anyone is willing to help...

Thank you!!
P.S. I'll be taking the statistical analysis class next quarter...
GerineL
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Re: Anyone please help with a simple SPSS question?

Postby GerineL » Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:28 am

a few questions:
I have variable A (with a condition same for all cases),
do you mean that every single case in your dataset is in the same condition? if that is the case, you cannot use variable A as a predictor, as there is no variability you cannot say anything about it's effects.
Imagine you want to know the relation between gender and height: if you only have females you cannot draw conclusions about that.
a moderator variable B and the outcome variable C. I'm trying to see if variable A condition and variable C conditions are present, to what extent variable B mediates variable C?
what do you mean by "are present"?
is B a moderator or a mediator?
I've tried to write a simple syntax to compute two variables: New_Variable_1 (variable A if Moderator Variable B >0, & Variable 3) and New_Variable_2 (variable A if Moderator Variable B =0 & variable 3). So then I could compare them to variable 3.
this is unclear.

What would help is information on your variables like this:
Var A: condition A, nominal, 2 levels
Var B: continuous variable, interval level between -2 and + 20
Var c: etc...

hypothesis: Var A is related to var C, this relation is moderated by Var B.

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