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Re: st: How to re-program -save9- for Stata 13?

From   Sergiy Radyakin <>
To   "" <>
Subject   Re: st: How to re-program -save9- for Stata 13?
Date   Tue, 22 Oct 2013 23:14:07 -0400

Dear Dirk,

I have updated savespss to support per-variable 'convenient' extended
missing values like the DHS-standard missings encoding described here:

You can update the program from the same location:

With this, the users of all platforms can now produce SPSS system
files (*.sav) with the only binding limitation of long strings added
in Stata 13. -savespss- however works in Stata 13. It is just that the
string variables should not be longer than 244 chars (for now). But
SaveTo9 will also not help in that case. It will not take Stata 13th
files for input.

Is there any other rationale for dta2sav?

SaveTo9.exe is really intended for SPSS users who do not have Stata at
all, but need to import data saved in recent formats. If Stata is
available, -savespss- is a more direct way, and retains more features.

By the way, can anybody having SPSS confirm whether their standard
import facility imports variable and dataset characteristics? Does
Stat/Transfer do this?

Best, Sergiy Radyakin

On Tue, Oct 22, 2013 at 6:58 PM, Dirk Enzmann
<> wrote:
> Many (!!) thanks, Sergiy!
> This really solves a problem: To transfer automatically labels of extended
> missing values from Stata to SPSS, saveto9.exe will also allow the use of
> -dta2sav- with Stata 13 (and with a little extra work to install Microsoft's
> .NET Framework, it will also be usable for Mac or Linux users). And it will
> make life easier for those who would like to use Stata but don't want to
> loose ties with SPSS users.
> In one of the next weekends I will write an update of -dta2sav- to adapt to
> this.
> Dirk
> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 21:35:23 -0400, Sergiy Radyakin <>
> wrote:
>> Dear Dirk,
>> see if -savespss- and or saveto9.exe are able to help:
>> The first one is a Stata 10.0+ command (in Mata) that writes SPSS
>> system files (*.sav) directly. The second one is a standalone utility
>> to "downgrade" the version of the Stata dataset without Stata at all
>> (neither Stata, nor SPSS, nor Stat/Transfer is necessary for it).
>> Best, Sergiy Radyakin
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