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Date:         Thu, 31 Oct 2002 09:53:21 -0500
Reply-To:     Patricia Cleland <>
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From:         Patricia Cleland <>
Subject:      Problems selecting a random sample of cases
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I'm trying to debug some syntax. Rather than use the full data set of more than 300,000 records, I want to select a random sample of 6% of the data (first saving the original file under a new name) and delete the unselected cases.

I used the point-click-paste method to generate the syntax below:


When I run it, I don't get any error messages but I still have all 337,000 cases. Can anyone tell me what I'm doing wrong?

I'm using 11.5.



-------------------------------------------------------------- Patricia Cleland, Assessment Officer, Data and Operations Unit, Education Quality and Accountability Office Suite 1200, 2 Carlton Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2M9

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