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Date:         Fri, 23 Apr 2004 14:39:13 -0600
Reply-To:     Michael Bersick <mbersick@hotmail.com>
Sender:       "SPSSX(r) Discussion" <SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         Michael Bersick <mbersick@hotmail.com>
Subject:      fixed dat format weirdness
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Hey all, I am trying to save some data which has 52 records per subject as fixed format so I can write an sps file to restructure it (The GUI I find totally baffling in this regard, plus I need to rename the 52 versions of each of the 9 variables anyway, so...).

ANyway, I saved the data, 3 lines of which looked like this in the sav file: 5 7 10 8 80.0 784.5 342.4 2 20.0 465.5 64 6 7 11 11 100.0 2059.6 1178 0 .0 .0 .0 7 7 11 11 100.0 1195.8 763.7 0 .0 .0 .0

The so called fixed dat file ends up like this: 5 710 8 80.0 784.5342.4220.0465.5 64 6 71111100.02059.6 11780 .0 .0 .0 7 71111100.01195.8763.70 .0 .0 .0

As you can see, the variables are not maintained in tandem; shorter variables move *forward* rather than *backward*, putting everything out of whack.

I am trying this with 12.0.1 for the 1st time. It worked fine with 11.5 (Although it would always save to identical columns across data files, which is annoying. Is there a way to specify the columns one wants to write variables to?). Could that be the problem?

Very, very puzzled. Would gratefully appreciate any help. Mike Bersick

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