# How to Create a Scatter Plot Graph in SPSS

A scatter plot displays the nature of the relationship between two variables. Before performing a regression analysis, it is recommended to run a scatter plot to determine if there is a linear relationship between the variables. If there is no linear relationship (i.e., points on a graph are not clustered in a straight line), there is no need to run a simple regression. The data file used in this article is provided in the link below.

## Steps

- 1
**Open the Regression.sav file.**The data file used in this article is provided in the link below. - 2
**Click the Graphs menu, point to Legacy Dialogs, and then click Scatter/Dot.**The Scatter/Dot dialog box opens. - 3
- 4
**Select the Last year's sale [lastsale] variable in the box on the left, and then click the first transfer arrow button to move it to the Y Axis box.** - 5
**Select the Years of experience [yearexpe] variable in the box on the left, and then click the second transfer arrow button to move it to the X Axis box.** - 6
**Click the OK button.**The Output Viewer window displays a scatter plot of the variables. The scatter plot indicates that a linear relationship exists between the variables Last year sales [lastsale] and Years of experience [yearexpe].

## Things You'll Need

- IBM SPSS Statistics
- Instructions on how to download and extract the data files are available at http://www.calstatela.edu/its/training/pdf/download.pdf.

## Sources and Citations

- Original information from CalStateLA ITS - Shared with Permission

## Article Info

Categories: Software | Probability and Statistics