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Date:   Thu, 20 May 2004 15:16:16 +0100
Reply-To:   David Hutton <>
Sender:   "SPSSX(r) Discussion" <SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:   David Hutton <>
Subject:   Re: changing variable type using syntax --- for a large number of variables
Content-Type:   text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"

Hi Elena! See Raynald Levesque's website at

Basically, set up a first macro to change old variable from string to numeric in temp, drop the old named variable, and rename temp to the old variable name.

Then set up a macro to contain all your variable names, and call the first macro using that list. Good luck! David.

-----Original Message----- From: Elena Garifoullina [] Sent: 20 May 2004 14:59 To: SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU Subject: changing variable type using syntax

Hello Everyone!

I have a string variable, say 'price', and I want to change it into a numeric variable with the same name 'price'. I really need syntax as I have about 200 variables that will need to be changed from string to numeric and have the same name.

Thank you

Elena Garifoullina

ARG Financial Services



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