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Re: st: import SPSS files

From   Ronán Conroy <>
Subject   Re: st: import SPSS files
Date   Wed, 5 Jul 2006 17:00:03 +0100

On 5 Iúil 2006, at 16:44, Nick Cox wrote:

In addition, the Stata command -hexdump- lets you look
at any kind of file and see what kind of beast you have.
You can tell an awful lot with a plain old text editor. Here, for example, is are the first chunk of an SPSS data file:

$FL2@(#) SPSS DATA FILE MS Windows Release 13.0 spssio32.dll 

Many people feel that they won't understand what's inside files in proprietory formats. In fact, you can figure out a lot. Most packages 'sign' their files (though Stata data files are unsigned, which, I think, is an oversight) and, in addition, many Micro$oft documents contain a wealth of unsuspected information, near the bottom.

Ronán Conroy
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