This is an introductory text designed to show readers how to try using syntax themselves and to then support them through its use. It is ideal for those who are experienced in using SPSS through the usual button menu-driven graphical interface (GIF), but who are novices regarding syntax.

Amending the Datafile

Examples in this chapter will use the SPSS sample datasets

GSS 93 for Missing Values.sav

GSS93 subset.sav

This chapter will cover: creating a smaller file from a much larger one; adding new cases to data for existing variables; and adding new variables’ data to existing cases.

There may be times when you wish to create a smaller datafile ...

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