SHAZAM Output File
As SHAZAM executes the commands listed in the SHAZAM command file it writes results to an output file. The output file may also contain error messages. With Windows SHAZAM the output is displayed in the SHAZAM window.
The SHAZAM output filename is specified by the user. It may be useful
to use the extension
How to interpret the output file
By inspecting the above output it is clear that some care is required to interpret the results that appear in a SHAZAM output file. A single SHAZAM command can result in lengthy output that involves the computation of a variety of statistics. The following should be noted.
Note 1: Lines that have the
Note 2: Some statistics may be familiar to the user and other statistics may not be familiar. Therefore the user should focus on the interpretation of the statistics that they have studied from course textbooks and/or journal articles. In preparing a research report users should never report output results that they do not understand. This could lead to erroneous discussion and conclusions.
Note 3: Numeric results are reported in a form that is not suitable for pasting into a word processing document. The results give more significant digits than are needed for reporting research results in a report.
In the above output, note that the variance of the variable
This type of reporting notation is a convenience for SHAZAM. Never use the E notation when presenting results in a report. Always consider rounding the numerical results to a form that is appropriate for the purposes of report presentation.
For example, SHAZAM reports the number
This result can be reported as:
Similarily, SHAZAM may report the number
A Note on Printing the SHAZAM output file
To print the SHAZAM output file from a word processor set the font to Courier 10pt. That is, use a fixed-width font. This will ensure that the output is displayed in a readable style. Also set the margins so that lines do not wrap around to the next line.
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