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Pie Chart in SPSS: How to Make one in Easy Steps

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Pie Chart in SPSS: Overview

IBM SPSS statistics is software specifically designed for statistics, especially in the social sciences. The software is capable of creating a large number of graph types with a large variety of options. Unlike simpler programs like Excel, SPSS gives you a lot of options for creating pie charts.

Watch the video to see how to make a pie chart with the chart builder, or read below for how to build a chart using the legacy charts option. If you are new to SPSS, I recommend watching the video.

Pie Chart in SPSS: Steps

Step 1: Click “Graphs.” Click “Legacy Dialogs,” then click “Pie.”

Pie chart in SPSS.

Pie charts can be made using legacy dialogs.

Step 2: Click a radio button to tell SPSS what kind of data you have in the data sheet: Summaries for groups of cases, summaries of separate variables or values of individual cases. Click “Define” after you have made your selection.

Step 3: Choose which variable you want the chart to represent. Click a variable name in the left window and then click the top arrow to move it into the “Slices Represent” box.

Step 4: Choose other custom options, such as splitting the data into rows and columns. You can also use variable names on the graph instead of case numbers. These other options are all optional; You do not have to define them to create a basic pie chart.

Step 5: Click “OK” .

Tip: To edit a SPSS pie chart, double-click on the graph. A Chart Editor window appears. You can also right-click on the chart, then select “Edit Content” and then select “In separate window”.
Tip: Depending on the speed of your computer, SPSS may take a few moments to create the graph. You will see “Running Graph” in the bottom right of the window as SPSS works to create the graph.


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Pie Chart in SPSS: How to Make one in Easy Steps was last modified: October 12th, 2017 by Stephanie Glen

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