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Has anyone ever used the stats package SPSS? Or even got into doing many statistical tests on data….



I did a simple correlation test on my data for my experiment which made sense when I got the results. They were what I expected and the graphs showed results which were basically quite simple. However, I have now found out that because my data was not normally distributed I have to do a different test on it which I have no idea how to do.

What the hell is the difference really? It’s the same relationship whether they are of a normal distribution or not… and actually the results are not supposed to be. They are measuring handedness for gods sake – most of the population are right handed so there is a big skew to the right anyway.

I’m not behind where I should be in the whole dissertation writing thing but I want to just get the results done and I thought it was simple but it’s not.

I better get a mark I feckin deserve!


Don’t ya just love them. I saw them in the shop while I was buying a paper and had to have them. They aren’t lasting very long tho.

Ok I’ve done a fair amount of work for the minute. I’m going for a short walk down the road to the postbox and then maybe round the park, take a picture or two and come back. I need to stretch my legs.

My workspace is currently my bed. Comfy but not too much so I just doze off. I can sit on my bed at my laptop which is on the chest of drawers and then spread my books out around me. Something I can’t do in the uni library. I’m doing better on the distraction front but maybe it’s just that I have 6 weeks to finish my dissertation so I can’t afford to be distracted.

Such is life… and I’ve just found my graduation is now September rather than July. July was early tho but September is quite late so its rather annoying.

Busy bee

Good afternoon bloggers.

Had a busy week so haven’t blogged. Actually I have had lots of time but writing blogs is quite far down my list of ‘things to be getting on with’. Mainly it’s coursework, dissertation stuff, or sorting out uni stuff which is why I seem to put off the less important things.

So we’re half way thru the term now.. ish. Less lectures but technically the same amount of work. 6 weeks till dissertation due. Wooer.

Several of us have been chatting about the end of this year and not being students anymore. Altho most people I know are either staying down next year because they won’t be finished yet, or they are carrying on and doing a Masters.

Personally I can’t be bloggered. After nearly 18 years in education, I think I need to have new experiences and just do other things. I’d love to have a job which pays ok and which I enjoy but which I don’t have to take home with me. Outside work hours, I can do what I want. I seem to have lists of things building up which I want to do as soon as I finish uni.

Firstly to catch up on reading. I really like getting into a good book but I have about a shelf of them I haven’t read yet. Either I’ve bought and started reading immediately but then found something else to do, or I’ve been given books and not even started them. I’m not very good at sitting down and concentrating on a book for more than 10 minutes. I’m much too easily distracted especially when I have the internet. I’ll just sit down and say ‘I’ll read this chapter and try and remember what’s going on in this book’, read a page or so and then a car will go past outside and the noise will annoy me or another noise in the house will distract me and I’ll just sit and listen to that.

On holiday is the best time to read a book – I’m usually in the countryside or by the sea so less noise and no internet, tv, or many other people so I can get absorbed in a book. Bring on the summer!

Another thing I’m going to do this summer is actually learn to drive. I had a few lessons a couple of summers ago and had a bit of a practice in mum’s car. But going back to uni got in the way and I’d rather have lessons when I’m home because I know Bristol better and it’s nicer for driving. As soon as I pass my test, I’ll get insured on mum’s car so at least I can go places by myself a bit more rather than relying on other people.

When I’m able to drive, I really want to go away more with friends, maybe taking our campervan and going to places just for a weekend. I like the sound of that….

I’m keeping that thought… it’s motivation to get me to 23rd May.

Bored bored…

I really need a hobby. Apart from photography and watching Dave on tv, I seem to have no hobbies anymore. I have aspirations – I’d love to go and see lots of music or go to hip pub or bars where there great musicians playing a live set in the corner but where you can hear yourself think above them. I want to go to see stand-up comics and live shows. However, whenever a band I like or something I want to see is on, I always seem to be in the wrong town at the time or that it’s quite expensive and none of my friends would want to go. It doesn’t help that most of my friends don’t share these aspirations.

I haven’t done much today. The guilty feeling that hang over me saying ‘you should be doing work/research/dissertation work’ is back. It disappeared over christmas – it was nice but a bit weird – knowing that I didnt have to be doing something else – I could go out and not think ‘oh dear, less time to be reading that text book’.

I went for a short walk just to the bottle bank and then round the park and took some photos. It’s quite warm here. Twas pissing it down this morning when I ran up to the postbox to post mum’s birthday card but it got brighter and drier this afternoon so I thought I’d make the most of it. I have just the one lecture tomorrow so I’m forced to leave the house for something. My plan is to go to the library straight after just for a while and try and sort out where I am, and maybe do some much needed notes on other modules. If it’s dry and not windy, I’m planning on walking down to the Hoe armed with camera and see if there are any sailing boats out. They make good pictures.

I’ve also been collecting good recipes of more interesting food to cook. As much as I love pasta, curry or toasties, sometimes you need a change. If anyone knows any good meals that aren’t too complicated, can go a long way and aren’t too expensive, drop me a comment. Oh and any good smoothie recipes much appreciated.