Path: janda.org/c10 > Overview of SPSS > Analyze > Frequencies Statistical Package for the Social Sciences Syntax for FREQUENCIES Commands FREQUENCIES can produce tables that show all values that occur for a specified variable how frequently the values occur the percentage of times they occur, based on the total number of cases only cases with valid data for the variable any statistic from this list MEAN SEMEAN MEDIAN MINIMUM MAXIMUM RANGE graphs bar charts -- for discrete variables histograms -- for continuous variables FREQUENCIES VARIABLES= [varlist] The SPSS procedure FREQUENCIES reports a table of frequency counts (number of cases with each unique value of a variable) and percentages for the selected variables. It will also produce bar charts and histograms. Like the DESCRIPTIVES procedure, the FREQUENCIES procedure also computes univariate statistics (e.g., mean, standard deviation, etc.) The example below illustrates the use of the FREQUENCIES procedure for analyzing the characteristics of the 861 local governments entitled to participate in the Community Development Block Grant program. The variables were obtained from Bureau of the Census reports and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The variables are: REGION--Four census regions TYPE--Type of local government (central city, suburban city, urban county) POP86--Population estimate for 1986 POPSIZ86--Population size group (e.g., GT 1 million, 500,000-999,999, etc.) Example of output produced by this command: FREQUENCIES VARIABLES= REGION [/FORMAT= [{NOTABLE }] [/BARCHART= [MINIMUM(n)] [MAXIMUM(n)] [/HISTOGRAM= [MINIMUM(n)] [MAXIMUM(n)] [{NORMAL } {NONORMAL}] [INCREMENT(n)]] [/HBAR= see HISTOGRAM] [/STATISTICS= [defaults in bold] [MEAN] [STDDEV] [MINIMUM] [MAXIMUM] [SEMEAN] [VARIANCE] [SKEWNESS] [SESKEW] [RANGE] [MODE] [KURTOSIS] [SEKURT] [MEDIAN] [SUM] [ALL] [NONE]]. ```REGION CENSUS REGION VALID CUM VALUE LABEL VALUE FREQUENCY PERCENT PERCENT PERCENT NORTHEAST 1 198 23.0 23.0 23.0 NORTH CENTRAL 2 211 24.5 24.5 47.5 SOUTH 3 237 27.5 27.5 75.0 WEST 4 202 23.5 23.5 98.5 PUERTO RICO 5 13 1.5 1.5 100.0 ------- ------- ------- TOTAL 861 100.0 100.0 VALID CASES 861 MISSING CASES 0 ```