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"Michael N. Mitchell" <Michael.Norman.Mitchell@gmail.com> |

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statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu |

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Re: st: How to read a very old SPSS file? |

Date |
Fri, 04 Feb 2011 18:27:53 -0800 |

Dear Stephen

I hope this helps, Best luck! Michael N. Mitchell Data Management Using Stata - http://www.stata.com/bookstore/dmus.html A Visual Guide to Stata Graphics - http://www.stata.com/bookstore/vgsg.html Stata tidbit of the week - http://www.MichaelNormanMitchell.com On 2011-02-04 2.48 PM, S.Jenkins@lse.ac.uk wrote:

I have a file which was originally written in SPSS binary data file format in around 1980 onto magnetic tape from which the file image has been taken. The original file was in EBCDIC format written by an IBM computer or clone thereof. I have also converted the file to ASCII format using UltraEdit's built-in converter. I don't have access to any version of SPSS nowadays. This is the only copy remaining of a historic data set. I want to read these data into Stata (of course!). Tips please. Tried so far (using the ascii format version of the file): * Stat/Transfer version 10 conversion failed: "Processing SPSS dataset dictionary was stopped because of the error (3)" * SPSS version 6 (c. 1989): a former colleague tried reading with this and it failed In case it's useful, here is a hexdump from the file, derived using Stata's -hexdump- command: ====================================================== . hexdump iserdump1_ue.txt , analyze Line-end characters Line length (tab=1) \r\n (Windows) 2 minimum 0 \r by itself (Mac) 599 maximum 21,074 \n by itself (Unix) 1,077 Space/separator characters Number of lines 1,679 [blank] 2,964 EOL at EOF? no [tab] 1,749 [comma] (,) 1,260 Length of first 5 lines Control characters Line 1 615 binary 0 2,574,907 Line 2 3 CTL excl. \r, \n, \t 252,933 Line 3 973 DEL 947 Line 4 525 Extended (128-159,255) 106,948 Line 5 989 ASCII printable A-Z 99,890 a-z 21,142 File format BINARY 0-9 8,824 Special (!@#$ etc.) 142,054 Extended (160-254) 231,999 --------------- Total 3,447,297 Observed were: \0 ^A ^B ^C ^D ^E ^F ^G ^H \t \n ^K ^L \r ^N ^O ^P ^Q ^R ^S ^T ^U ^V ^W ^X ^Y ^Z Esc 28 29 30 31 blank ! " # $ %& ' ( ) * + , - . / 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 : ;< => ? @ A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z [ \ ] ^ _ ` a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z { | } ~ DEL 128 E^A E^B E^C E^D E^F E^G E^H E^I E^J E^K E^L E^M E^N E^O E^P E^Q E^R E^S E^T E^U E^V E^W E^X E^Y E^Z 155 156 157 158 160 ¡ ¢ £ ¤ ¥ ¦ § ¨ © ª « ¬ ® ¯ ° ± ² ³ ´ µ ¶ . ¸ ¹ º » ¼ ½ ¾ ¿ À Á Â Ã Ä Å Æ Ç È É Ê Ë Ì Í Î Ï Ð Ñ Ò Ó Ô Ö × Ù Ú Û Ü Ý Þ ß à á â ã ä æ ç è é ê ë ì í î ï ð ñ ò ó ô õ ö ÷ ø ù ú û ü ý þ 255 ====================================================== Thanks Stephen ------------------------------------- Stephen P. Jenkins<s.jenkins@lse.ac.uk> Department of Social Policy and STICERD/CASE London School of Economics and Political Science Houghton Street London WC2A 2AE, U.K. Tel. +44 (0)20 7955 6527 Survival Analysis using Stata: http://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/survival-analysis Downloadable papers and software: http://ideas.repec.org/e/pje7.html Please access the attached hyperlink for an important electronic communications disclaimer: http://lse.ac.uk/emailDisclaimer * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

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