[R] Using SPSS Labels
Prof Brian Ripley
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Dec 24 08:21:27 CET 2008
1) We didn't get the attachment. The allowed types are given in the
posting guide and are pretty restrictive: the suggestion is to put binary
files on the web for download.
2) We don't have the version information asked for in the posting guide. I
would only expect this to work in foreign 0.8-29 or 0.8-30. If you are
using one of those, please send me the file directly and I will take a
look at what is happening.
3) Since you have the value labels attribute you can use it to change the
second column into a factor. Again, without more details I cannot tell
you exactly what is needed.
On Tue, 23 Dec 2008, Andrew Choens wrote:
> I am trying to import a SPSS.sav file into R. The attached file is not
> technically the file I am trying to import, but does replicate my
> problem. The actual file is much too large to attach. No matter what I
> do, I can not get R (base or Hmisc) to apply the value labels in
> the .sav file to the dataframe created in R. Here's the code that I am
> maine <- spss.get("test.sav")
> # or
> maine2 <- read.spss("test.sav", read.value.labels=TRUE)
> When I try to import the file, the value labels are not assigned to the
> rows. This is what I get.
> ID GENDER
> 1 1 1
> 2 2 2
> 3 3 1
> 4 4 2
> 5 5 1
> 6 6 1
> 7 7 1
> 8 8 2
> 9 9 2
> 10 10 1
> 11 11 3
> In the .sav file, 1 = Men 2 = Women 3 = user assigned missing.
> The variable values are attached as a value.labels attribute. If I
> remove row # 11 (gender = 3), I can import the file as I expect.
> ID GENDER
> 1 1 Men
> 2 2 Women
> 3 3 Men
> 4 4 Women
> 5 5 Men
> 6 6 Men
> 7 7 Men
> 8 8 Women
> 9 9 Women
> 10 10 Men
> Given all of this: How can I import a .sav file with user assigned
> missing values correctly.
> If this is not possible, what is the best way to use the value.labels
> attribute when I make a table with table(Gender).
> Insert something humorous here. :-)
Brian D. Ripley, ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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