An Intermediate Guide to SPSS Programming by Sarah E. Boslaugh PDF

By Sarah E. Boslaugh

ISBN-10: 0761931856

ISBN-13: 9780761931850

An Intermediate consultant to SPSS Programming: utilizing Syntax for information Management introduces the foremost projects of knowledge administration and provides ideas utilizing SPSS syntax. This ebook fills a tremendous hole within the schooling of many scholars and researchers, whose coursework has left them unprepared for the information administration concerns that confront them once they start to do self sufficient study. It additionally serves as an creation to SPSS programming. all of the easy positive factors of SPSS syntax are illustrated, as are many intermediate and complicated issues resembling utilizing vectors and loops, analyzing complicated information records, and utilizing the SPSS macro language.

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To open a formats file as well, use syntax similar to this: GET SAS DATA = ‘sasdata’ / FORMATS = ‘format1’. where format1 is the name of the file containing formats for sasdata. To open a data set other than the first within an SAS transport file, use syntax similar to this: GET SAS DATA = ‘sasdata’ DSET(sas2). where sas2 is the name of the data set to be opened from the file sasdata. SAS variables are translated to SPSS following these rules: 1. Numeric variables are converted to the default SPSS numeric format.

Failing to declare a string variable before using it. String variables cannot be created in commands such as COMPUTE. Instead, they must be declared with the STRING command, as discussed in Chapters 19 and 21. qxd 30 10/12/2004 12:16 PM Page 30 An Introduction to Computer Programming With SPSS 6. Omitting quotation marks or apostrophes when referring to text strings. Text strings must be enclosed in apostrophes or quotations marks or they will not be recognized as text. If string1 is a string variable, the first syntax below is incorrect and the second is correct: COMPUTE string1 = May.

2. Unclosed comments. ). If the period is omitted, SPSS considers everything in the syntax file from the * to the first period following to be a comment. For instance, in the following syntax, the first and second lines will both be read as comments, and the third line will not run because no data file has been opened. * Frequencies on the baseline file GET FILE = baseline. FREQ VAR = ALL. [WRONG] 3. Unbalanced parentheses. As a general rule, parentheses must be used in pairs. Unbalanced or unclosed parentheses mean that half of the pair is missing, as in the code below: COMPUTE var5 = ((var1 + var2) / (var3 + var4).

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