R-beta: exchanging data between R/Splus and SPSS

Douglas Bates bates at stat.wisc.edu
Tue Mar 17 18:54:09 CET 1998

Friedrich Leisch <Friedrich.Leisch at ci.tuwien.ac.at> writes:

> is there any way to exchange (A LOT OF) data between SPPS and R/Splus,
> i.e., I want to get data from SPSS into R. It is a huge data frame
> with many columns being factors, so manual conversion is out of
> question (and there are more data to come).
> Exporting ASCII from SPSS seems to loose all level names, and the
> portable SPSS format doesn't look too nice.
> I've searched S-news and statlib, but only found info about DBMS/copy
> which is not installed at our university. Did I miss something?
> Any help appreciated,


You may want to contact Ben Pfaff about this.  Ben is the author of
PSPP, a freely-available SPSS clone.  It may be able to read the SPSS
format and put it into something that would be easier to bring into

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