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Date:         Fri, 28 Jul 2006 15:09:56 +0200
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From:         Georg Maubach <>
Subject:      AW:      Re: Variable length to maximum
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Hi Manmit,

You could have a look a the web site of Raynald Levesque There you can find a macro called "variable type.sps". It does what you want and will run on SPSS 11.0+.


Georg Maubach Market Analyst

-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht----- Von: SPSSX(r) Discussion [mailto:SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] Im Auftrag von Manmit Shrimali Gesendet: Freitag, 28. Juli 2006 15:01 An: SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU Betreff: Re: Variable length to maximum

Sorry...i do not have v14. also I do not know python.

Anything in syntax?

-----Original Message----- From: Michael Pearmain [] Sent: Friday, July 28, 2006 6:24 PM To: Manmit Shrimali; SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU Subject: RE: Re: Variable length to maximum

If your running in V14,

A python script would do this easily by looking at the variable type


-----Original Message----- From: SPSSX(r) Discussion [mailto:SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of Manmit Shrimali Sent: 28 July 2006 13:35 To: SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU Subject: Re: Variable length to maximum

Thanks staffan but the problem is that I need to do for all variables. I have 550 numeric variables and 39 string variables. Can I use something like all varnum and all var string etc..

Please help.

-----Original Message----- From: Staffan Lindberg [] Sent: Friday, July 28, 2006 5:59 PM To: Manmit Shrimali; SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU Subject: SV: Variable length to maximum

You can do this with the FORMAT statement, i.e.



Staffan Lindberg National Institute of Public Health Sweden

-----Ursprungligt meddelande----- Från: SPSSX(r) Discussion [mailto:SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] För Manmit Shrimali Skickat: den 28 juli 2006 14:21 Till: SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU Ämne: Variable length to maximum

This is rather very simple question. However, after lot of research I still could not find the answer. Can please anyone provide me syntax for setting the variable length to maximum i.e numeric to 40 and string to 255.

Right now I have to manually go in width column of variable view and set it to maximum. I have to set it to maximum as when I have wave 2 data to merge, the length should be the same.

Thanks in advance.


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