[R] Please help with write.foreign(SPSS)

Jim Lemon jim at bitwrit.com.au
Tue Dec 7 12:07:03 CET 2010

On 12/07/2010 09:42 PM, He wrote:
> Hi Jim,
> Thank you so much for your suggestion. I have tried ".csv" and ".sav".
> ".sav"  works better. I learned "DAT file" from the internet. There
> were some similar discussion about wirte.foreign() before.
> I don't really know how the transfermation of the files between R and
> SPSS works. When i got several files, I was a little lost.
> But I should emphasize my main problem which is the character variable
> is not read shown up in the file. I mean i want to see e.g., 000CF7CC
> in the data instead of its corresponding value 1 defined by SPSS
> automatically. Another problem is how to keep the variable names in
> the "data file".

Normally, when you write out a data file in SPSS format from R, it 
should correspond to an SPSS "system" or .SAV file. I would expect to 
see something like this:


Then in your SPSS file:

GET /FILE="k:\res.sav".

I don't think the .SAV extension is necessary, but I'm not sure.


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