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Date:         Wed, 10 Dec 2008 15:19:12 -0500
Reply-To:     Mark A Davenport MADAVENP <M_Davenport@uncg.edu>
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From:         Mark A Davenport MADAVENP <M_Davenport@uncg.edu>
Subject:      Re: Syntax color code issues
In-Reply-To:  <73C92386B0AD30428B75F45065BA33A0083849@MIAEMAILEVS1.spss.com>
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On a related but, granted, tangential note, I don't see version one of the process below as being an example of best practice. 'Best practice' for most of us who have to share our work means explicit documentation of our processes. This is particularly true of those of us who cut their teeth on COBOL, etc. which often required substantial internal documentation. Best practice should include a consideration of those who follow behind you; clients, consumers, or colleagues who must figure out how you got your numbers and what your numbers mean. In my shop, we document everything as explicitly as possible. The complete syntax takes longer to write by hand, but is much easier for others without the expertice in SPSS to follow.

cor var=varone vartwo.

The GUI would paste:

CORRELATIONS /VARIABLES=varone vartwo /PRINT=TWOTAIL NOSIG /MISSING=PAIRWISE.

*************************************************************************************************************************************************************** Mark A. Davenport Ph.D. Senior Research Analyst Office of Institutional Research The University of North Carolina at Greensboro 336.256.0395 M_Davenport@uncg.edu

'An approximate answer to the right question is worth a good deal more than an exact answer to an approximate question.' --a paraphrase of J. W. Tukey (1962)

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