Date: Mon, 2 Feb 1998 13:21:29 -0800
Reply-To: Marc Feldesman <feldesmanm@PDX.EDU>
Sender: "SPSSX(r) Discussion" <SPSSX-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>
From: Marc Feldesman <feldesmanm@PDX.EDU>
Organization: Portland State University
Subject: Re: Stupid question
Richard F Ulrich wrote in message <6b5bp6
>You want to see the values listed in the table, "in the
>order that the variables appear in the file" - I had to
>that about 5 times before I could believe it, because I
>never, ever heard that request, or thought of it.
Can't say that anymore <g>
> Almost always,
>the raw data come in an arbitrary file, in some arbitrary
>which no one ought to touch.
But not always. This gets back to an earlier question I
posed about entering data contained in tables found in
published articles. The data there are NOT in an arbitrary
order. If I want to reanalyse the author's data or perform
a different analysis, there is a specific reason for
entering the data in the order the author presents them in
>Do I want to shuffle a raw data file, to lead a
>program to write out a certain listing of results? - no,
In this case, it isn't a "raw" data file.
Your solution is workable. I just come from a world in
which alpha categorical variables don't routinely have to be
recoded to numeric variables to force a particular result;
consequently, I typically avoid thinking about using numeric
equivalents, even with value labels.