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Re: st: Converting SAS or SPSS setup files to stata do files


From   Sergiy Radyakin <serjradyakin@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Converting SAS or SPSS setup files to stata do files
Date   Tue, 28 Jul 2009 16:43:51 -0400

Dear Dana,

To the best of my knowledge there are no general translators of
programs from SAS to STATA or similar. There are programs that
generate SAS/SPSS/Stata code from meta-information in the proprietary
format, or from a given dataset with labels/missings already applied.
I would be interested to know myself if anything exists for this purpose.
There might be some solutions if there are certain restrictions
imposed on the syntax of the program being translated, but you don't
show what is there from ICPSR that you'd like to translate. Perhaps
the best solution would be to contact the data provider, before you
start retyping everything.

Best regards,
    Sergiy Radyakin




On Tue, Jul 28, 2009 at 4:30 PM, Dana Chandler<dchandler@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello Statalist -
>
> I just downloaded a bunch of data from ICPSR, but unfortunately not
> all of it has stata do files to go from the fixed width .txt raw data
> to a stata .dta dataset.
>
> ICPSR does, however, provide setup files for SPSS and SAS. I can guess
> at what the syntax is and then manually adjust it to write a stata do
> file. Since it's a rather slow process, I was hoping someone had a
> perl script or other way to use regular expressions or what have you
> to convert a SAS or SPSS setup file to a stata dictionary.
>
> Thanks,
> Dana
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