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Arranging a List dataset

In its simplest form the list dataset uses a separate column for each variable, a separate row for each case or subject, and a single row of headers for the names of the variables.

EXAMPLE  The list dataset below contains 5 variables: ID, Sex, Drug, Before and After. The variable names are placed in the first row of the dataset, with observations for each variable in the column below.

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When the dataset is arranged on the Excel worksheet the next step is to define the range as a dataset.

To define the dataset:

  1. Select a cell in the range containing the dataset.
  2. Click Define Dataset (click to enlarge) on the Analyse-it tab/toolbar to show the Define Dataset wizard.
  3. Click Next>.
  4. Click List for the layout.
  5. Click Next>.
  6. Set Header rows to 1 to indicate a single row contains the names of the variables (called the headers).
  7. Tick Apply Autoformat to apply cell formatting to the dataset to indicate the cells Analyse-it assumes contain variable names and the cells it assumes contain data. Clear the checkbox to leave your own formatting intact.
  8. Click Next>.
  9. Click Finish to close the Define Dataset wizard.

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