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Date:         Tue, 20 Sep 2005 08:14:36 -0600
Reply-To:     Jeff <stat2@jp.pair.com>
Sender:       "SPSSX(r) Discussion" <SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         Jeff <stat2@jp.pair.com>
Subject:      Re: syntax or macro to remove variables
In-Reply-To:  <661024633.20050920092248@terra.es>
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At 01:22 AM 9/20/2005, you wrote:

>This same question was answered time ago in this list. The following >code will do the task, but date variables will loose their format, and >string variables will be lost. If you save your original dataset >first, you can apply the dictionary later to restore date variables >format, and you can match the cleaned file with the original to >recover any lost string variable.

Thanks. This allowed me to reduce an 11 meg file to under 3 megs. I already found code on Raynald's page to alphabetize the variables, so this will make things much easier for the students in my intro methods class who are using spss for the first time.


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