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Re: st: SPSS to STATA

From   Alan Acock <[email protected]>
To   [email protected]
Subject   Re: st: SPSS to STATA
Date   Fri, 09 Sep 2011 09:28:31 -0700

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When I started using Stata I contacted them because my campus was not part of the grad plan and they made it very simple to join this plan.

If you are in SPSS and use 'save as' to save a file as a Stata dataset, you might want to check a couple things. The last time I did this, the file was stored inefficiently. You will want to run compress from within Stata. Also, a Stata convention is to keep all variables in lower case. You may want to take advantage of the user written command, renvars, to make all the variable lower case. Others may have observed other problems.


On Sep 7, 2011, at 6:33 AM, Ronan Conroy wrote:

On 2011 MFómh 7, at 12:45, Muhammad Anees wrote:

SPSS provides directly converting data in the format which can be
directly openned into STATA.

Health warning. One of our researchers came to grief with a Stata dataset generated by SPSS.

The problem was that a string variable was incorrectly identified as numeric.

When we used StatTransfer to convert the datafile, everything was fine, but the researcher had lost a couple of days trying to fix the problem.

StatTransfer won't break the budget, and it's invaluable.

Ronán Conroy
[email protected]
Associate Professor
Division of Population Health Sciences
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Beaux Lane House
Dublin 2

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