U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCAS-W) at Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) Jamshoro organized a four-day training workshop on Statistical Package for Social Scientists (SPSS) which concluded at Conference Hall of the Center at MUET on Thursday. Project Director USPCAS-W MUET Dr. Bakhshal Lashari speaking at the conclusion ceremony said that the Center 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 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 MUET also the workshop resource person said that the scope of SPSS has been widened and now this statistical package is not limited to the social scientists but it is for all who can use this tool in research. Dr. Mujtaba said that as the name suggests, this package contains a variety of well-defined formulas and built-in statistical tests that can be useful for researchers and scientists nowadays. The main advantage of SPSS, he said that its user-friendly graphical interface and already defined formulas of basic parameters and statistics used in an analysis of big data.
Mr. Waqas Ahmed, the training coordinator 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, Mr. Shoukat Ali Soomro, Assistant Professor at Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam, Mr. Shafqat Ali, Monitoring and Evaluation officer from development sector based at Mirpurkhas and others also spoke in the conclusion ceremony. On this occasion, the certificates of participation were also distributed among the workshop participants.