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By Sarah E. Boslaugh

An Intermediate consultant to SPSS Programming: utilizing Syntax for info administration introduces the foremost projects of information administration and provides ideas utilizing SPSS syntax. This publication fills an incredible hole within the schooling of many scholars and researchers, whose coursework has left them unprepared for the knowledge administration matters that confront them once they start to do self sufficient study. It additionally serves as an creation to SPSS programming. the entire easy positive aspects of SPSS syntax are illustrated, as are many intermediate and complex themes equivalent to utilizing vectors and loops, analyzing complicated info documents, and utilizing the SPSS macro language.

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Some important commands, such as LIST, are available only through syntax. Because many SPSS users are introduced to the language while studying at a university, it is worth noting some pedagogical advantages of using syntax. These include the following: 1. The discipline of writing a program requires the student to think of data management and analysis as an organized process rather than a disconnected series of procedures. qxd 10/12/2004 12:15 PM Page 23 An Introduction to Computer Programming 2.

3. 0)). 11. 11 Data Read With FORTRAN-Like Variable Specifications ID GRADE1 GRADE2 GRADE3 001 97 98 99 002 87 88 89 TWO SHORTCUTS FOR DECLARING VARIABLES WITH IDENTICAL FORMATS Often, a data file includes contiguous variables that have the same format. You can use the TO keyword to refer to them in DATA LIST and other procedures: DATA LIST / ID 1-2 (A) resp1 TO resp6 3-8. qxd 10/12/2004 3:52 PM Page 51 Reading Raw Data in SPSS 03100110 END DATA. LIST VAR = ALL. SPSS will allocate the columns specified (3–8 in this case) evenly to the number of variables specified (6, in this case), so resp1 to resp6 are read as numeric variables of length 1.

They must begin with a letter or one of the symbols $, #, or @. 3. They may contain only letters, numerals, periods, the underscore, and the symbols $, #, and @. 4. They may not contain embedded blanks. Using file aliases has several advantages: 1. They are shorter and easier to type, and therefore less prone to typing errors. 2. If a file location changes or if you are adapting syntax written by someone else, you need change the pathnames only once, in the FILE HANDLE commands. The aliases do not need to be changed.

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