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Re: st: import SPSS files

From   P chrisman <>
Subject   Re: st: import SPSS files
Date   Tue, 04 Jul 2006 20:59:32 -0700

Thanks so much to everyone for all the help. I really appreciate it!!

Robert A Yaffee wrote:

The R program is several versions behind on the ability
to read or import SPSS programs. If you had SPSS, you could copy and paste from the SPSS data editor to the
Stata data editor. Alternatively, you save your data
as a Stata 8 file from SPSS.
If the file is in an SPSS.sav file, ask the person
who sent it to you to provide it in an exported print or Stata file. If the person does not have a recent version
of SPSS which can do this, have the person export an
Excel file for you (if you have Excel).
You can save that as a .raw file and insheet it into
Robert Yaffee

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----- Original Message -----
From: Richard Williams <>
Date: Tuesday, July 4, 2006 11:37 pm
Subject: Re: st: import SPSS files

At 08:26 PM 7/4/2006, Dick Campbell wrote:

I don't know R, but if you go to

patched/library/foreign/html/00Index.html>you will find a routine that reads SPSS.

At 08:08 PM 7/4/2006 Tuesday, you wrote:

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

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.


Hopefully that routine will do the trick. If not I would suggest

* Hunt around for some kindly friend who has Stat/Transfer, SPSS, or DBMSCopy who will do the conversion for you

* Peggy's email address is at - surely somewhere on campus somebody has the above programs

* Splurge and buy Stat/Transfer, a very handy little program. See

Or, better yet, you might qualify for gradplan pricing ($63, at least at my school). See

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