[Rd] foreign(read.spss) in rw2000 and re2001beta

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sat Nov 6 15:55:47 CET 2004

On Sat, 6 Nov 2004, Kjetil Brinchmann Halvorsen wrote:

> I encountered something strange with read.spss (package foreign, version 
> 0.7 with R2.0.0 and
> version 0.8 with R2.0.1 beta, windows XP)

Please clarify: the same thing in both versions (read.spss has not changed 
between them)?

> I made a test file test.sav with SPSS version 11.5.1
> containing only one numeric variable, with a value label
> for one value not occuring in the file. According to ?read.spss
> this should result in a factor, but it results in all NA. Using the 
> argument
> use.value.labels=FALSE, everything is read as expected.

Can you make that file available please?

> test <- read.spss("test.sav", to.=TRUE)
> test > only NA's
> Kjetil

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