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st: SPSS and IBM

From   Alan Acock <>
Subject   st: SPSS and IBM
Date   Wed, 29 Jul 2009 20:25:27 -0700

This morning in The Financial Times I read a short article saying that IBM just bought SPSS for $1.2 Billion dollars. It said they were interested in it for Predictive Analytics--a long way from the roots of SPSS as the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences. This development seems consistent with the recent name change in SPSS. It will be interesting to see where the package goes in terms of the statistical applications it offers.

Alan Acock
On Jul 29, 2009, at 4:38 AM, Eric Uslaner wrote:

Dana Chandler asked:

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.


There is a usespss ado on SSC. That should solve your immediate problem.

But even better follow Steve Dubnoff's advice and get Stat Transfer. It is an excellent program and if you use ICPSR regularly, you can download SPSS data files and immediately convert them to Stata.



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