[R] read.spss Error reading system-file header
jawegelin at ucdavis.edu
Wed Nov 5 02:37:59 CET 2003
Thank you for your responses.
Here's the workaround. In SPSS, I saved the file EXvideo.sav as
Excel. Still in SPSS, I read in this Excel file, and saved it
under a new name, EXvideo-SPSStoExceltoSPSS.sav, as an SPSS file.
This file I was able to read into R with no problem, using read.spss.
The dataload utility was able to convert some other SPSS files to
xls, but not EXvideo.sav.
On Tue, 4 Nov 2003, Thomas Lumley wrote:
> On Tue, 4 Nov 2003, Jacob Wegelin wrote:
> > Is there any documentation on what kind of SPSS file can and cannot be
> > read by read.spss? Alternatively, how can one modify or "clean" an SPSS
> > file to make it readable by read.spss? What properties must a *.sav file
> > before read.spss can read it?
> I don't think this is known. The read.spss code is taken from code in
> PSPP, which was going to be a GNU implementation of SPSS. Judging from
> some of the comments in the code, at least part of the format was worked
> out from files, not documented.
> I haven't run across any problems in using it to read SPSS .sav files, but
> most of the ones I have tried were created by the same people and don't
> represent independent confirmations.
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