New Teaching Exercises

Our list of teaching exercises has been expanded significantly.

Ed Nelson (CSU Fresno) has developed a variety of additions to our collection, mostly using the 2014 General Social Survey. The most extensive of these are designed to teach introductory statistics. Together, the statistics materials could be used as a supplementary textbook, but they were written so each exercise is independent of the others. Ed has also developed exercise sets on a variety of other topics.

John Korey (Cal Poly Pomona) has contributed a series of exercises on longitudinal analysis.

New Tutorials for SPSS (version 26) and PSPP

Page last updated Nov. 5, 2019

Stand-alone exercises with downloadable data sets, for use in introductory, substantive, or research methods courses in the social sciences using SPSS or other statistical software. Economic Data exercises were written by Jim Gerber, San Diego State University. All other exercises were written by Ed Nelson, Fresno State. There are two versions of the Statistics exercises, one for SPSS and the other for PSPP. All remaining exercises were written with SPSS in mind. They can probably be run with little or no modification using PSPP, but this has not been verified. For more information on PSPP, see "Notes on Using PSPP" and "Differences between PSPP and SPSS," both written by Ed Nelson.


Exercises contain a problem (theoretical or statistical), a dataset, and steps on how to answer the problem by analysis of the data set. Unlike the modules there is little or no theoretical material provided.

We hope that instructors will submit their favorite data sets and exercises to add to this location. Our homepage will provide a link to tell how to submit an exercise. As more material is added we will create a searchable index to find possible analysis exercises for a particular subject or analytical/statistical skill. The materials are available as downloadable word processing documents for printing or customizing by instructors.

Ways to Use Exercises in Class

  1. You can use them from an instructor's station in a classroom or in a computer lab for a presentation or demonstration.
  2. You can provide links to them from your on-line syllabus for regular assignments or as independent and extra credit projects, with little or no modification.
  3. Exercises and datasets can be downloaded in word processing format which you can then modify, distribute, or place on a local server.

Alphabetical List of Exercises:


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Last updated: February 10 2016.