[R] reading Systat into R

Jacob Wegelin jawegelin at ucdavis.edu
Fri Oct 8 21:28:52 CEST 2004

Thanks to Jonathan and Marc for your swift replies.  Here is how I solved
the problem:

I downloaded a 30 day trial version of systat from
http://www.clecom.co.uk/science/systat/systat_download.html, installed it
on my PC, opened the file in Systat, then used File, Save As and saved it
in every imaginable format: Excel, ascii, SPSS, and SAS.

The SPSS *.SAV file, when I opened it, proved not to have any data in it.
It only contained the "variable view" not the "data view."  But the Excel
file appears to contain the data.

Jake Wegelin

On Fri, 8 Oct 2004, Marc Schwartz wrote:

> On Fri, 2004-10-08 at 14:02, Jacob Wegelin wrote:
> > How do I read a Systat file into R?  The  following email by Marc Schwartz
> > http://tolstoy.newcastle.edu.au/R/help/04/06/1005.html deals with reading Systat on
> > a Linux machine.  I'm running R on Windows (precise version info below).  A colleague
> > sent me data in systat, a *.SYD file.  Do I have to ask the colleague to re-save the
> > data as Excel or text?
> >
> > (I tried opening it in SPSS, and SPSS also does not seem to recognize an SYD file.)
> >
> > Thanks for any info.
> >
> > Jake Wegelin
> Jacob,
> Stat/Transfer does support reading SYSTAT files on Windows. The "W"
> logos on the formats page
> (http://www.stattransfer.com/html/formats.html) indicate that those
> other particular formats are available on Windows only. SYSTAT file
> support is available on each supported OS.
> There are inexpensive academic/student prices available for
> Stat/Transfer if this is something that makes sense to invest in. If
> this is going to be a one-time issue, I would have your colleague
> re-save the data file to an ASCII CSV file, if possible.
> HTH,
> Marc

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