Introduction & Fundamentals of Modeling with SPSS

Presented by Garth E. Thimgan, and James R. Thimgan. This is an intensive five-day workshop on mass appraisal model building and Assessment using SPSS for Windows. The first day begins by exploring SPSS, which includes an introduction to the main windows that are used during an SPSS session. Each window is defined and the appropriate applications are explained and demonstrated. Once the student has completed exploring the various windows, they are introduced to Data Analysis. Here the student is taught to compute, recode and transform variables. In addition, students learn to develop frequency tables, descriptives, crosstabs, and compare means. Also, students learn to select specified cases from the data file, summarize, and develop reports. Graphs and charts are a major component of SPSS and the students are shown how to use the various charts and graphs available in SPSS. The latter part of the day provides the students with lab exercises which allow them to apply the various applications demonstrated in the earlier sessions. Days 2 through 5 focus on generating statistics; analyzing, graphing, and stratifying market data; developing and refining MRA models for residential properties. All applications use actual property databases, providing the students with demonstrations and hands-on lab exercises.

Format

Sessions combine lectures, demonstrations, and lab sessions. Students will need to bring their own laptop. Thimgan & Associates will provide trial versions of SPSS for any student not having this software. Workshop is limited to 30 students on a first-come basis.

About SPSS

SPSS for Windows is the top-selling statistical software package for PCs and the winner of PC Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award. It is well suited to assessors wanting to perform their own market analyses in a friendly, point-and-click PC environment. (For more information about SPSS or its products, call 1-800-543-6607.)

IAAO Certification Credit

IAAO will give re-certification credit for designees.

Cost

$1,200 per individual, which includes all workshop materials.

Registration or More Information

Contact Thimgan & Associates, P.O. Box 668, La Junta, CO 81050.
Phone: 719/384-7031 • Fax: 719/384-5997 • E-mail: thimgan@rural-com.com

Refund Policy: Full refunds will be granted 30 days prior to the class with a $100 fee thereafter.