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By Sarah E. Boslaugh

An Intermediate advisor to SPSS Programming: utilizing Syntax for facts Management introduces the foremost initiatives of information administration and offers recommendations utilizing SPSS syntax. This ebook fills a huge hole within the schooling of many scholars and researchers, whose coursework has left them unprepared for the knowledge administration concerns that confront them after they start to do self sufficient learn. 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 themes equivalent to utilizing vectors and loops, examining advanced info documents, and utilizing the SPSS macro language.

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1) are multipliers: They instruct SPSS to create three string variables of length 2 and two numeric variables of length 2, with one decimal place. 13. qxd 52 10/12/2004 3:52 PM Page 52 Reading and Writing Data Files in SPSS SPECIFYING DECIMAL VALUES IN DATA There are several options for specifying decimal points in a data file. The simplest is to include them in the data itself, as in the following syntax: DATA LIST FREE / id (A3) gpa. 8 END DATA. LIST VAR = ALL. 14. 2 format. 1). 8 END DATA. LIST 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). [WRONG] 4. Unbalanced quotes. Like parentheses, apostrophes and quotation marks (both referred to informally as “quotes”) should generally be used in pairs. If the closing quote is omitted, SPSS does not know when to end the quote string. [WRONG] 5. Failing to declare a string variable before using it.

2. They must begin with a letter or one of the symbols $, #, or @. 3. They may contain only letters, numerals, periods, the underscore, and the symbols $, #, and @. 4. They may not contain embedded blanks. Using file aliases has several advantages: 1. They are shorter and easier to type, and therefore less prone to typing errors. 2. If a file location changes or if you are adapting syntax written by someone else, you need change the pathnames only once, in the FILE HANDLE commands. The aliases do not need to be changed.

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