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.

Programming Errors

This chapter discusses programming errors, including the following topics:

  • The difference between syntax errors and logical errors
  • The debugging process
  • Common syntax errors
  • Common logical errors
  • Changing the display of error and warning messages
  • Deciphering SPSS warning and error messages

Beginning programmers may want to read this chapter to get a basic overview of the debugging process, even if they are not familiar with the specific ...

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