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.

Reading Raw Data in SPSS

This chapter discusses ways to read raw data in SPSS. Topics include

  • Reading inline and external data
  • Reading data in the FIXED, FREE, and LIST formats
  • Specifying the delimiter symbol
  • Reading aggregated data
  • Reading data with multiple lines per case
  • Using FORTRAN-like variable specifications
  • Using shortcuts for declaring variable formats
  • Specifying decimal values

The most common types of data used in SPSS are raw data, SPSS system and portable files, and data files produced by other programs, such as EXCEL or SAS. ...

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