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.

Documenting Syntax, Data, and Output Files

This chapter discusses ways to document SPSS syntax, data, and output files, including

  • Using comments to document syntax
  • Using comments to keep syntax from executing
  • Documenting a data file
  • Echoing text in the output file
  • Using titles and subtitles

Using Comments in SPSS Programs

An SPSS syntax file should be planned as a document to communicate with human beings as well as computers. One way to enhance the information ...

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