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.

Variable and Value Labels

This chapter discusses variable names and labels and value labels. Specific topics include

  • Rules about variable names in SPSS
  • Systems for naming variables
  • Adding variable labels
  • Adding value labels
  • Controlling whether labels are displayed in tables
  • Applying the data dictionary from a previous data set

Rules about Variable Names in SPSS

Before SPSS 12.0, names of SPSS variables were limited to 8 characters. Even though Version 12.0 allows variable names of up to 64 characters, ...

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