Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2007 16:06:29 -0300
Reply-To: Hector Maletta <email@example.com>
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From: Hector Maletta <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: recoding a second missing value
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You have to recode only the system missing values. For that, use
the syntax window to write the following command:
RECODE varname (SYSMIS=8).
That would do the trick, I expect, leaving the 9s untouched.
Another approach is temporarily designating the 9 as a valid value,
then do as you did before (only system-missing values would be recoded),
then restate the 9 (and the 8) as missing values.
From: SPSSX(r) Discussion [mailto:SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of
Sent: 24 June 2007 15:39
Subject: recoding a second missing value
I have a very large data file (915 variables, 17,000 cases) and our
client wants the following: if it is truly missing, we have a 9.
our software that reads the forms rendered a second missing data
want coded as an 8 as a blank. That's fine, but now I am stuck
having to recode all of the blanks into an 8. When I use the
into Same Variable" and use the option "System or User Missing" as
Old Value and enter the value of 8, it changes the blanks *and* the
an 8. That's not good! So, is there a way to do this using a
drop down that can allow me to recode blank values as an 8 but
the 9 as it is? I suppose I could change the 9 to nonmissing and
make the 8 missing, then recode the blanks as an 8, but I frankly
know how to do that in a script.
Thanks so much for any help you can provide!
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