Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 13:07:59 -0400
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From: John Painter <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: SAS 9.1 data to SPSS 13.0
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I have a SAS data file that is migrated into SPSS on a routine basis. There
are 809 variables and 1+ million records in the data set.
The problem is I have found two SAS text variables (SAS format$2.) that
become numeric variables in SPSS.
Apparently the variable types are changed upon import. To top it off, there
is no apparent relationship between the values of the SPSS variables and
those same variables in original SAS data. The SPSS values are enumerated
sequentially from 0 to 21; the original SAS variables consist of about 60
two digit or two letter abbreviations. The SAS data appear to be correct;
the SPSS data are clearly not correct.
Unfortunately, I upgraded to SAS 9.1 and SPSS 13.0 at the same time, so I
can't tell with any degree of certainty whether this is a SPSS or SAS
Nonetheless, any suggestions for how to fix this?
John S. Painter, Ph.D.
Jordan Institute for Families
School of Social Work
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
p: 919 962-6517