An Intermediate Guide to SPSS Programming: Using Syntax for Data Management introduces the major tasks of data management and presents solutions using SPSS syntax. This book fills an important gap in the education of many students and researchers, whose coursework has left them unprepared for the data management issues which confront them when they begin to do independent research. It also serves as an introduction to SPSS programming; all the basic features of SPSS syntax are illustrated, as are many intermediate and advanced topics such as using vectors and loops, reading complex data files, and using the SPSS macro language.

Combining Data Files

This chapter discusses how to combine cases or variables from several data files into one file. Topics include

  • Adding new variables to existing cases
  • Adding summary data to an individual-level file
  • Combining cases from several files
  • Updating values in a file

The first two situations are handled with the MATCH FILES command, the third with the ADD FILES ...

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