Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2011 16:17:29 -0400
Reply-To: Dawn Wiest <DWiest@mail.acponline.org>
Sender: "SPSSX(r) Discussion" <SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From: Dawn Wiest <DWiest@mail.acponline.org>
Subject: Re: String variable - leading zeros
Gene, you are correct: the variable was imported as a numeric variable.
I applied the syntax ViAnn recommended and it worked beautifully.
>>> Gene Maguin <firstname.lastname@example.org> 6/17/2011 3:58 PM >>>
Are you sure that ID remains a string variable once imported? The
behavior you describe seems consistent with the import of a numeric
variable or a string variable being converted to numeric in the import
If you need the leading zeroes than you must be doing a string compare
since 12 and 012 are the same number. So you need to convert the number
back to a string using the string function and specifying the N format
for the number.
compute stringvar=string(numbervar, n9).
From: SPSSX(r) Discussion [mailto:SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf
Of Dawn Wiest
Sent: Friday, June 17, 2011 3:38 PM
Subject: String variable - leading zeros
After importing data from a different program into SPSS, the leading
zeros on a string variable that I use as a key variable across multiple
data sets are lost. I need to recapture those leading zeros.
This is an ID variable that should have nine digits. When the data are
exported, only the non-zero digits remain so that, for example, ID
000022122 becomes 22122; ID 000000011 becomes 11; ID 077777777 becomes
77777777, and so on.
Is there a way to replenish the leading zeros on this variable so that
the total length of each of the resulting values is 9 digits?
Thank you in advance for your help
Dawn Wiest, Ph.D.
Senior Research Analyst
Research Center - 7th Floor
American College of Physicians
190 North Independence Mall West Philadelphia, PA 19106-1572