A four-day training workshop on Statistical Package for Social Scientists (SPSS), organized by the U.S.-Pakistan Centre for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCAS-W) at Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) Jamshoro concluded here on Thursday
HYDERABAD, (Pakistan Point News - 23rd Nov, 2017 ):A four-day training workshop on Statistical Package for Social Scientists (SPSS), organized by the U.S.-Pakistan Centre for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCAS-W) at Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) Jamshoro concluded here on Thursday. The Project Director USPCAS-W Dr. Bakhshal Lashari speaking at the concluding ceremony said that the Centre has initiated such training course to cater the needs of the researcher in their respective fields.
SPSS is widely used for socio-economic analysis now also used in the engineering field to assess the socio-economic impacts, he added. Dr. Lashari said that SPSS was an efficient tool for researchers across any field of science (social/ natural) and engineering to carry out statistical tests and analysis of their data easily and quickly. Dr. Muhammad Mujtaba Shaikh, Assistant Professor at Mehran University and the workshop resource person, said that the scope of SPSS has been widened and now this statistical package was not limited to the social scientists but it was for all who could use the tool in research.
Dr. Mujtaba said that as the name suggests, this package contains a variety of well-defined formulae and built-in statistical tests that could be useful for researchers and scientists nowadays. The main advantage of SPSS, he said that its user-friendly graphical interface and already defined formulae of basic parameters and statistics used for analysis of enormous data. The training coordinator Waqas Ahmed said that the workshop was focused on the fundamentals of SPSS and its efficient use to carry out basic level to advanced level of data analysis.
He said that the course was started with an introduction to the start-up of SPSS and its usage, types of data it can handle, ways of data import/export and inserting and editing data. The workshop participants included Dr. Abdul Latif Qureshi, Professor at USPCAS-W, Shoukat Ali Soomro, Assistant Professor at Sindh Agriculture University Tando Jam, Shafqat Ali, Monitoring and Evaluation officer from development sector based at Mirpurkhas and others also spoke in the conclusion ceremony.