Multiple Responses

Often, there is a number of variables which refer to similar issues. For instance, respondents are asked several items concerning their attitudes toward social welfare; or they are asked which of several services they have used during the past year. The MULT RESPONSE procedure provides convenient ways of summarizing such data.

Example without crosstabulation:

  / GROUPS = socattid 'Social attitudes'
  (attitud1 attitud2 attitud3 attitud4 attitud5 (1))
  /FREQ = socattid.

Example with crosstabulation:

  / GROUPS = socattid 'Social attitudes'
  (attitud1 TO attitud5 (1))
  / VARIABLE gender (1,2)
  / TABLES socattid by gender
  / CELL count col.

The first example provided above will do the following: The five attitudinal variables that are enumerateded within the parentheses will be grouped under the heading "socattid". The frequency table will display for each of the attitudes the number and the percentage of persons that have value 1 (say, "fully agree").

The second example will, in addition to that, provide a crosstabulation of the number of persons with value 1 by the respondents' gender. Note that this is not a usual crosstabulation where tests of significance can be applied. This is because the respondents can appear several times in the crosstabulation.

© W. Ludwig-Mayerhofer, IGSW | Last update: 30 Apr 1998