[R] read.spss (package foreign) and SPSS 15.0 files

Charilaos Skiadas skiadas at hanover.edu
Sun Apr 15 01:57:55 CEST 2007

On Apr 14, 2007, at 7:06 AM, John Kane wrote:

> --- Adrian Dusa <dusa.adrian at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Charilaos Skiadas <skiadas <at> hanover.edu> writes:
>>> [...]
>>> I save as csv format all the time, and it offers
>> me a choice to use
>>> the labels instead of the corresponding numbers.
>> So you shouldn't
>>> have to lose that labelling.
>> This is interesting and I tried to do this as well;
>> I don't have access to an
>> SPSS 15 (only to version 14 for the moment) but I
>> cannot find the option to save
>> as CSV. Is it a version 15 feature?
>> Thanks,
>> Adrian
> I cannot remember if I have been using 14 or 14, I
> think it was 14 and I'm not near the machine to check.
>   There does not seem to be a csv export in 14 but it
> looks like you can achieve the same thing by using one
> of the Excel outputs and then dumping the file from
> there.

It is not an "export" option, it is a "save as" option. I don't have  
a 14 to check, but on a 15 I just go to File -> Save As, and change  
the "Save as type" field to "Comma Delimited (.*.csv)". (I suppose  
tab delimited would be another option). Then there are two check- 
boxes below the window that allow a bit further customizing, one of  
them is about using value labels where defined instead of data values.

Haris Skiadas
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Hanover College

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