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Re: st: reading .sav data


From   Neil Shephard <nshephard@nhs.net>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: reading .sav data
Date   Tue, 21 Oct 2008 16:02:21 +0100

Shuaizhang Feng wrote:
> Anybody knows how to read .sav data in stata? I am using stata 10.
>
> thanks a lot.
>   
No I've never come across ".sav" files before, are they a proprietry
format for a particular piece of software?

A search through http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_file_formats
suggests it could be...

Game Boy Advance Saved Data file
Virtual Machine saved state for Parallele workstations

An educated guess suggests that you're unlikely to want to be working
with either of these files in Stata.

A search at http://www.wotsit.org/ suggests its might be and SPSS file
(amongst other things) which is more probable.

Checkout StatTransfer http://www.stattransfer.com/ and consider that R
is capable of reading and writing data in a number of different formats
used by statistical software (and has the bonus that its free).  Further
a search using -findit spss- points to the potnetially useful -usespss-
ado-file available on SPSS, but it also indicates that its for Windows
only (so won't work if your on a Mac/*NIX system).

Please read the Statalist FAQ and be explicit when asking questions.

Neil

-- 
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