SPSS Binary Regression

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Please could you help me out. 1) Question I have a binary question. It involves the sex op people being surveyed. I have to enter (into SPSS) if there are "Male" or "Female". After I have entered "Male" or "Female" can SPSS convert "0" for Male and "1" for "Female"? Thanks.

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Hi Harry19192929,

In my experience with SPSS, that is how we would always enter M and F variables. There might even be a special “data type” option that allows you to keep the variables “M” and “F” (“gender” or something similar). Good luck!

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    Hi Harry, Yes, SPSS can convert male and female into 1's and 2's or visa versa. However, we advice you to use 0 and 1 for binary variables. Use zero to indicate the absence of a trait and 1 to indicate its presence. For instance, the binary variable ‘having a disease’ should be coded 0 for healthy people and 1 for sick people. In the case of gender, there is no presence or absence of gender, so it doesn’t matter who you assign the 1 and 0 to. You are free to use any other two digits. However, 0 and 1 allow for the clearest interpretation of output. Trust us. Especially when you use the variables in regression, binary variables coded by 0 and 1 will be very easy to interpret. If you need more help, refer to http://www.drspss.blogspot.com
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