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Graphs Bar chart for multiple response questions (dichotomies)

Elsewhere on this site we discussed how to make a table for the situation described in the title. You find it at Analysis Multiple response question (dichotomies).
On this page we explain how to show the results in graphical form.

The questions:

Vraag 4


Coding in SPSS:

Do you understand why we don't have missing values?


Creating a Multiple Response Set

First you have to specify which variables belong to the multiple response group. Use Data > Define Multiple Response Sets... to do so.

The counted value is 1, because that indicates that an option is ticked.


Creating the bar chart

We choose Chart Builder... from the Graph menu.

Menu chart builder

On the right you see the opening window.

As you can see we have five normal variables and one Multiple Response Set. It has its own icon.

If this set variable is missing, return to the previous step on this page and create it.

To choose a graph you drag one of the available chart types to the large rectangle where the chart preview is created.

We want a bar chart so we drag

to the preview area.

Next you can drag the variable(s) of your choice into the graph.
For us that is $V04. It goes to the horizontal axis.

You can see the completed dialog box below.
Next click on OK.



The first result


Clearly this graph needs editing. A title is missing. Depending on the context where it will be published it might need a source.
And of course showing data labels in the separate bars of the graph has an added value.
We also have to consider the orientation of the bars, the colors and the fonts that are used.


The edited graph


Last modified 30-10-2012

Jos Seegers, 2009; English version by Gé Groenewegen.