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Date:         Thu, 22 Sep 2005 09:01:33 -0400
Sender:       "SPSSX(r) Discussion" <SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         John Painter <>
Subject:      Re: SAS 9.1 data to SPSS 13.0
Comments: To: "Peck, Jon" <>
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Dear List,

The best solution I found for the issue of SPSS v13 not reading SAS data files correctly is to save the SAS file as a transport file.

Here is an example of the SAS code for creating SAS transport file:

options validvarname=v6; /* to account for long variable names since the xport feature was not upgraded beyond v6 */ LIBNAME D1 'C:\MyDocuments\d1' ; LIBNAME D2 XPORT 'C:\MyDocuments\d2\TRAINER.XPT' ; PROC COPY IN = D1 OUT = D2 ; run ;

Sincerely, John Painter

> -----Original Message----- > From: SPSSX(r) Discussion [mailto:SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of > John Painter Sent: Monday, September 19, 2005 12:08 PM > To: SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU > Subject: [SPSSX-L] SAS 9.1 data to SPSS 13.0 > > Hello, > > 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 > glitch. > > Nonetheless, any suggestions for how to fix this? > > Thanks,

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