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Date:         Tue, 29 Oct 2002 17:09:15 -0600
Reply-To:     "Marks, Jim" <>
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From:         "Marks, Jim" <>
Subject:      Re: delete variables within syntax?
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A helpful trick I picked up from a posting by Raynald Levesque:

ADD FILES FILE = * /DROP = var1 var11 var3. EXECUTE.

This can also be used with "/KEEP = varlist". It also allows you to reorder the file by changing the listing of variables, if you want.


Jim Marks Senior Market Analyst LodgeNet Entertainment Corporation 605.988.1616

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-----Original Message----- From: Seumas Rogan [] Sent: Tuesday, October 29, 2002 4:38 PM To: SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU Subject: delete variables within syntax?

Hi -

I would like to delete variables from an open spss .sav file using syntax without having to save, close and re-open the file. If you are familiar with STATA, this would be equivalent to the 'drop varname(s)' command.

That is, I wonder if there is a way to 'drop' variables (much as we can drop cases by specifying a filter criterion) without saving the file using a '/drop' or '/keep' argument?

Thanks for any help!


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