Math 113 - Textbook Project

Where you see [ pdf ], the file is also available in Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format. You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read these files. All of the sample output from SPSS is given only in PDF format.

The full text description [ pdf ] of the project is available. This is the handout that was given in class.

The list of books [ pdf ] is available

In several places, you are referred to the Grocery Store Project from the Spring 2000 semester. While using different variables, the grocery store project has essentially the same questions. The steps in SPSS that you'll have to do to generate the output is are given. You can use those steps to help with the Textbook Project.

Phase 1 - Organization into Groups

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Phase 2 - Data Collection / Entry (20 points)

Click on the bookstore's name for a list of books. The web address given is for the main page of that bookstore.

  1. College Bookstores of America - Richland Bookstore * (No website)
  2. Amazon.com - http://www.amazon.com/
  3. Barnes & Noble - http://www.bn.com/
  4. Big Words - http://www.bigwords.com/ *
  5. Classbook.com - http://www.classbook.com/ *
  6. eCampus - http://www.ecampus.com/ * (Jones)
  7. eFollett - http://www.efollett.com/ * (No book list available)
  8. Fat Brain - http://www.fatbrain.com/
  9. Textbooks.com - http://www.textbooks.com/ *
  10. Varsity Books - http://www.varsitybooks.com/

Phase 3 - Descriptive Statistics (20 points)

Sample output for eCampus.

There is a fairly detailed explanation of how to do this for the grocery store project from Spring 2000. The variable names are different, but the process is the same.

Phase 4 - Inferential Statistics (40 points)

Sample output for questions 1-3.

Sample output for question 4.

There is a fairly detailed explanation of how to do this for the grocery store project from Spring 2000. The variable names are different, but the process is the same.

Note that the instructions say to answer questions 3 and 4 for the entire store and each group within the store. Because of the large number of stores involved, the output gets lengthy. So, as of July 4, 2000, I'm changing the instructions to just compare the entire store, not the individual group requirements.

Some of the tables in the inferential statistics output are too wide to fit on one page. To fix this, double click on the wide tables, then choose Format / Table Properties / Printing and check the "Rescale wide table to fit page" box. I was able to get the output down to 9 pages and 6 pages for the reports. Please do this before you print the reports.

Phase 5 - Project Evaluations (20 points)

Sample project evaluation. [pdf]

Sample group evaluation. [pdf]

Summer 2000 Deadlines

Date Description
Tue, June 6 Groups assigned
Fri, June 16 Data collected and entered into SPSS (20 points)
Mon, July 3 Descriptive Statistics Due (20 points)
Mon, July 17 Inferential Statistics Questions 1-3 Due (30 points)
Tue, July 25 Inferential Statistics Question 4 Due (10 points)
Wed, July 26 Project Evaluations Due (20 points)

Final Report

Here's what you've all been waiting for. The final report [pdf] at the end of the semester with the summary of everything we've done.