Tried searching the web but my searches turned up nothing relevant. I am
trying to find a way to automate some monthly analyses without having to go
through some intermediate steps.
*Question 1:* Currently, my team has to log into an FTP site, manually
select and download a specific file on the server and download it to their
own HDD, then run the SPSS script necessary to analyze the data. We are
looking into ways that we might just link directly to the FTP file via
syntax (e.g. some sort of "open" syntax command that allows FTP). Does
SPSS syntax support this? If not, are there alternatives like if I wrap
the syntax into a python layer (using a module like sockets or twister for
packet management or some other FTP module - haven't really looked into
this yet)? The file is either a flat/text file or a CSV and prepared by a
client, so we do not have an ODBC connection option.
*Question 2:* I couldn't "easily" find the SPSS help manuals online (I
found some old archived SPSS help manuals on a few personal sites). I also
checked the SPSS/IBM wiki but nothing jumped out at me. Specifically I was
looking for the PDF's that come packaged with SPSS (syntax ref, programming
ref/python, etc); the PC I am on doesn't have SPSS installed on it right
now. Am I blind and just totally glazed over it? Or is not available for
d/w? Whatever the case, can someone suggest a solution to getting access
to the manuals while I am away from a PC that has SPSS?
*I've already tried:* google, IBM/SPSS Forums, old syntax ref manuals, and
a few other odds and ends for both questions.
J. R. Carroll
Researcher for Hurtz Labs
Instructor at California State University, Sacramento
Research Methods, Test Development, and Statistics
Cell: (916) 628-4204