Date: Tue, 25 Mar 1997 01:34:33 -0800
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From: "Hector E. Maletta" <hmaletta@OVERNET.COM.AR>
Subject: Re: Transfering value labels
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Klaudia Erhardt wrote:
> Klaudia Erhardt wrote:
> > But how can I transmit labels (var labs and/or value labs) from an existing
> > variable to another variable, e.g. created by 'compute'? The compute-command
> > normally ignores the label. Is there a switch or something ?
> > When I use 'apply data dictionary' I don't find a possibility to choose
> > certain variables to apply from. When I use templates I have to
> > write every single label to create the template. Is there a way to create
> > a template from an existing variable?
it's good for you to keep asking. Let me add myself to the chorus.
templates came along in SPSS for Windows I wondered why one cannot make
a template out of an existing variable, as you do when creating
templates in a standard word processor for instance. Also, I have
devoted long hours of wondering to the strange fact that no selection
variables is allowed in 'Apply dictionary'. Since other people (perhaps
at SPSS Inc. have undoubtedly tripped on the same problem, now I wonder
whether someone could come up with a solution within the existing
software, or at least with a promise to fix it in future versions.
In fact, the only answer that came from SPSS after your request was a
warm message sending you to SPSS.JNL in search of your ancient
definitions of value labels, hardly a solution for your quest. Let us
hope things improve in the future. SPSSWin, version 8.00, is said to be
due around the end of this year or early 1998; but perhaps we're bound
to wait to the new millenium to see this done...
Universidad del Salvador
Buenos Aires, Argentina