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How to make pie charts in SPSS

A Pie chart is a circular chart that uses "pie slices" to show relative data sizes.

This tutorial explains how to create and interpret pie charts in SPSS.

Example: pie chart in SPSS

For example, suppose we have the following dataset showing the residence status for 15 different people:

You can create a pie chart to visualize the frequency of people from different states by clicking the tab Analyze, then on Descriptive statistics and then on frequency click:

The following window will open:

Pull Status over to the field with the label Variables), then on Charts click and make sure Pie charts is selected:

click on Further and press OK. The following pie chart is automatically displayed:

From the table we can see that 5 people are from Indiana (blue), 3 from Kentucky (red) and 7 from Ohio (green). The table above the pie chart also shows these numbers in percentage form:

  • 33.3% of the people are from Indiana
  • 20.0% of the people are from Kentucky
  • 46.7% of the people are from Ohio

The pie chart helps us easily see that almost half of the people in the data set are from Ohio, as almost half of the entire chart is green.

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