**“ad-hoc”**method for performing this task within SPSS.

We will assume that we are operating within the following data set:

**COMPUTE CatSum=MEAN(VarA,**

VarB,

VarC).

EXECUTE.

VarB,

VarC).

EXECUTE.

This new variable will be named

**“CatSum”**. This variable will be comprised of the mean of the sum of each variable’s corresponding observational data rows: (

**“VarA”**,

**“VarB”**,

**“VarC”**).

**“CatSum”**variable, we would execute the following code:

**DESCRIPTIVES VARIABLES=CatSum**

/STATISTICS=MEAN STDDEV.

/STATISTICS=MEAN STDDEV.

This produces the output:

To reiterate what we are accomplishing by performing this task, we are simply generating the mean value of the sum of variables:

**“VarA”**,

**“VarB”**,

**“VarC”**.

Another way to conceptually envision this process, is to imagine that we are placing all of the variables together into a single column:

After which, we are generating the mean value of the column which contains all of the combined variable observational values.

And that, is that!

At least, for this article.

Stay studious in the interim, Data Heads!

- RD

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