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Re: st: Use of data originating from SPSS

From   Ronan Conroy <>
To   "" <>
Subject   Re: st: Use of data originating from SPSS
Date   Thu, 2 Feb 2012 13:53:55 +0000

I have encountered two SPSS-generated Stata datasets in which the variable contained text but was identified as numeric in Stata. 

Clearly SPSS's free Stata export command is worth every cent you pay for it.

I would recommend StatTransfer. 


On 2012 Feabh 1, at 17:22, Margaret MacDougall wrote:

> I have recently migrated from SPSS to Stata to allow me to implement 
> fractional polynomial techniques, including the mfp procure, for a 
> logistic regression analysis. I have been able to save the original SPSS 
> file in Stata format. The variables in the SPSS file were of numeric 
> "Type" (in the sense intended by the SPSS Variable View facility) with 
> text labels linked to the numerical codes using the SPSS Value Labels 
> function. On opening up the Stata version of this file, the text labels 
> appear in the individual columns for the dependent and independent 
> variables. When I run the code for identifying the Stata file and 
> running the mfp procedure, the error code r(2000) is generated, pointed 
> to an absence of observations.
> Is it possible that I require to reformat the data in some way for the 
> procedure to run successfully? I would be grateful for some handy tips 
> to save some time.

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

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