Probability Distributions

  • Kristin E. Voelkl
  • Susan B. Gerber


This chapter demonstrates how to use SPSS for Windows to generate probability distributions. Probabilities of events can be described for categorical variables as shown in Chapter 7 (e.g., the likelihood that a coin toss will be a head), or numerically as described in this chapter (e.g., the likelihood that a person regularly eats 50 candy bars per year). We focus on properties of the standard normal distribution, but SPSS can perform the same tasks for other probability distributions as well. Using SPSS, we demonstrate how to:
  • find a probability associated with a given value of a standard normal variable;

  • find the value of a standard normal variable associated with a given probability.


Probability Distribution Central Limit Theorem Standard Normal Distribution Cumulative Probability Question Mark 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kristin E. Voelkl
    • 1
  • Susan B. Gerber
    • 2
  1. 1.Research Institute on AddictionsBuffaloUSA
  2. 2.SUNY at BuffaloBuffaloUSA

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