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

From   Friedrich Huebler <>
Subject   Re: st: Translator for SAS/SPSS control files?
Date   Tue, 14 Dec 2010 10:21:10 -0500

This may be a case for SASdecoder but the software is not free. A
trial version is available at this site:

The user manual is here:


On Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 7:34 AM, Daniel Feenberg <> wrote:
> 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
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