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RE: st: Translator for SAS/SPSS control files?


From   "David Radwin" <dradwin@mprinc.com>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: Translator for SAS/SPSS control files?
Date   Tue, 14 Dec 2010 09:18:36 -0800 (PST)

A free alternative to SPSS is PSPP
(http://www.gnu.org/software/pspp/pspp.html), although I cannot personally
vouch for its ability to open your dataset. If you could enter the data
using PSPP and save it to SPSS format, you could use Sergiy Radyakin's
-usespss- to open the .sav file in Stata. 

The latter program is available at SSC and also is free. It requires 32
bit Stata for Windows.

If this method works for you, or even if it doesn't, please write back to
Statalist for the benefit of future readers.

David
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MPR Associates, Inc.
2150 Shattuck Ave., Suite 800
Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone: 510-849-4942
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www.mprinc.com


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu [mailto:owner-
> statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Daniel Feenberg
> Sent: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 4:34 AM
> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> Subject: Re: st: Translator for SAS/SPSS control files?
> 
> 
> On Tue, 14 Dec 2010, Maarten buis wrote:
> 
> > --- On Tue, 14/12/10, kjkhoo@softhome.net wrote:
> >> The latest PISA data set has been made available but with
> >> control files for SPSS and SAS. Are there any translators
> >> out there for such files to enable the data to be read into
> >> Stata with minimal additional work?
> >
> > I don't think there is a translator for control files. The
> > easiest way is probably to transfer the data using
> > Stat/Transfer: <http://www.stattransfer.com/>
> 
> Stat/Transfer is great, but the OP would have to have SAS or SPSS
> to create the binary file for S/T to translate. Sometimes the
> input statements for large files are so consistent from variable
> to variable that it is possible to write 5 or 10 lines of code
> to translate to a Stata dictionary. A general translator that
> could handle any SAS input statement would be much more complicated.
> 
> Daniel Feenberg
> 
> 
> >
> > Hope this helps,
> > Maarten
> >
> > --------------------------
> > Maarten L. Buis
> > Institut fuer Soziologie
> > Universitaet Tuebingen
> > Wilhelmstrasse 36
> > 72074 Tuebingen
> > Germany
> >
> > http://www.maartenbuis.nl
> > --------------------------

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