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Re: st: import SPSS files


From   P chrisman <peggyc@u.washington.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: import SPSS files
Date   Tue, 04 Jul 2006 18:08:15 -0700

I cannot verify whether the file is comma-delimited or tab-delimited as I do not have SPSS. If I did I would be able to do this without the assistance of those more knowledgeable than I. I have only Stata and R available to me. Thanks for the assistance and the link.
Peggy

Clive Nicholas wrote:


You obviously didn't look at -whelp insheet- close enough! Had you done,
you'll have noticed there are two rather neat options for -insheet-: -tab-
and -comma-. For instance, try this:

(1) make sure that your SPSS file is comma-delimited (easy enough,
especially when (re-)opening the .sav file in SPSS as I recall);

(2) move what should now be your .csv file into "C:/data", where all your
Stata .dta files ought to be (if not, why not?);

and

(3) open up Stata and type -insheet using file.csv, comma-.

More details on this and how to convert datafiles from other formats into
Stata (and back again) are available at

http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/faq/convert_pkg.htm

There, you'll learn something quite important. The UCLA-ATS crew don't
make this explicit, although Michael Blasnik did in a post to this list a
couple of years back: Stata doesn't care where the file comes from: it
only cares about what format it comes in! Your SPSS file could just as
well have originated from MS Excel or Epidata. Once it's told the
_format_, it can ably do the rest.

Hope that helps.

CLIVE NICHOLAS |t: 0(044)7903 397793
Politics |e: clive.nicholas@ncl.ac.uk
Newcastle University |http://www.ncl.ac.uk/geps

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