By Sarah E. Boslaugh
An Intermediate consultant to SPSS Programming: utilizing Syntax for information Management introduces the most important initiatives of information administration and offers strategies utilizing SPSS syntax. This booklet fills an enormous hole within the schooling of many scholars and researchers, whose coursework has left them unprepared for the knowledge administration concerns that confront them after they start to do self sustaining learn. It additionally serves as an advent to SPSS programming. the entire uncomplicated positive aspects of SPSS syntax are illustrated, as are many intermediate and complicated subject matters equivalent to utilizing vectors and loops, analyzing complicated information documents, and utilizing the SPSS macro language.
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Sav. sav. It is possible to refer to a file by its pathname within SPSS syntax. sav’. However, it is more convenient to associate an alias or name with the file location and use it to refer to the file. sav’. GET FILE = ts1. sav, and the GET FILE command uses the alias to open that file. , it is not permanently attached to any file location). The rules for SPSS variable names (discussed in Chapter 19) apply to aliases, including the following: 1. They can be no longer than eight characters. 2. They must begin with a letter or one of the symbols $, #, or @.
SPECIFYING THE DELIMITER SYMBOL It is possible to specify a character other than a blank or comma as a delimiter. The delimiter character is named after the FREE or LIST specification, and any delimiter other than the TAB keyword must be enclosed in quotation marks and parentheses. The syntax below defines the dash (-) as the delimiter, then reads a small data set using it: DATA LIST FREE (“-”) / v1. BEGIN DATA 111-22-3-4444—66 END DATA. 0). LIST VAR = ALL. 6. When a character other than a blank space is used as a delimiter, two consecutive delimiters signify a missing value.
2001), in the chapters on the GET TRANSLATE and GET CAPTURE commands. READING SAS DATA FILES SPSS can read files saved as SAS data sets and SAS transport files, both referred to here as SAS files. qxd 10/12/2004 12:52 PM Page 63 Reading Data Files Created by Other Programs 1. SAS stores variables and value labels in separate files. 2. An SAS transport file may contain more than one data set. The first point means that if you want to import value labels and output formats from SAS, you must specify the location of the formats file.
An Intermediate Guide to SPSS Programming by Sarah E. Boslaugh