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Date:   Mon, 24 Apr 2006 00:00:30 -0400
Reply-To:   Richard Ristow <>
Sender:   "SPSSX(r) Discussion" <SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:   Richard Ristow <>
Subject:   Re: DATASET duplicating, SPSS 14: Best practice?
In-Reply-To:   < m>
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I'd asked,

>>I have a dataset named Thompson_exampledata. It is active. I want to >>make a copy of it in a new dataset named Thompson_exampledata. The >>following syntax seems to have worked: >> >>NEW FILE. >>DATASET NAME Thompson_ToWide. >>DATASET ACTIVATE Thompson_exampledata. >>DATASET COPY Thompson_ToWide. >>DATASET ACTIVATE Thompson_ToWide. >> >>It seems a little clumsy. Is there another, better way?

At 08:54 AM 4/22/2006, Oliver, Richard wrote:

>All you need is the last two commands in your example: > >dataset copy newdatasetname. /*make a copy of the active dataset. >dataset activate newdatasetname. /*activate the copy.

And Richard Oliver is quite right. What I'd missed is that


creates its destination dataset, if that does not exist. (And that is documented.)

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