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

From   Daniel Feenberg <>
Subject   Re: st: Translator for SAS/SPSS control files?
Date   Tue, 14 Dec 2010 07:34:13 -0500 (EST)

On Tue, 14 Dec 2010, Maarten buis wrote:

--- On Tue, 14/12/10, 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: <>

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 L. Buis
Institut fuer Soziologie
Universitaet Tuebingen
Wilhelmstrasse 36
72074 Tuebingen

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