Date: Mon, 10 May 2010 14:16:31 -0700
Reply-To: Bruce Weaver <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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From: Bruce Weaver <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Table of means
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Gene Maguin wrote:
> I'm going to assume that your data is in wide format (one row per person)
> rather than long format (12 rows per person). It sounds like the resulting
> table should look like
> Attrib 1 Attrib 2 Attrib 3 Attrib 4
> Brand 1 (mean)
> Brand 2
> Brand 3
> You can do this with the Means command if you restructure your file from
> wide to long. The problem is that the variable order in the file needs to
> different. To fix this problem, you need to save file with the required
> order specified on the keep subcommand and then reopen that file (OR,
> manually reorder the columns in the data editor). However, it gets done
> order needs to be
> Then do a varstocases.
> Vartocases /make attrib1 from brand1_attrib1 to brand3_attrib1/
> make attrib2 from brand1_attrib2 to brand3_attrib2/
> make attrib3 from brand1_attrib3 to brand3_attrib3/
> make attrib4 from brand1_attrib4 to brand3_attrib4/index=brand.
> With that done you use the following means command.
> Means attrib1 attrib2 attrib3 attrib4 by brand/cells=count mean stddev.
> I haven't tested this but, of course, I will respond to problems you have.
> Another alternative may be Ctables (complex tables); howerver, I don't
> enough experience to know whether you can use Ctables without
> the dataset. If others know how, I also would be interested see how to do
> Gene Maguin
Hi Gene. Although it may be convenient to re-order the variables in some
cases*, I don't think it's necessary to do so. E.g., I think the following
will work without re-ordering the variables:
make attrib1 from brand1_attrib1 brand2_attrib1 brand3_attrib1/
make attrib2 from brand1_attrib2 brand2_attrib2 brand3_attrib2/
make attrib3 from brand1_attrib3 brand2_attrib3 brand3_attrib3/
make attrib4 from brand1_attrib4 brand2_attrib4 brand3_attrib4/
* Obviously, if each MAKE sub-command was going to have a very long variable
list, re-ordering the variables to make the "var1 TO varX" approach possible
would be eminently sensible.
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