Date: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 01:40:26 GMT
Sender: "SPSSX(r) Discussion" <SPSSX-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>
From: Clay Helberg <clavius@USWEST.NET>
Organization: SPSS, Inc.
Subject: Re: Truncated SPSS syntax commands
On Fri, 09 Oct 1998 14:25:50 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
>I noticed someone used EXE. for EXECUTE. I also just noticed in the
>SPSS-X 4 Reference Guide (dated but still quite useful) that LOGI REG
>suffices for LOGISTIC REGRESSION. By trial and error I've learned
>that you often don't need to specify VARIABLES=
>(frequencies/descriptives) or TABLES (crosstabs).
>Has anyone compiled a list of these shortcuts? If not, does anyone
>have any other good ones?
From the SPSS 8.0 Base Syntax Reference Guide:
"The first word of a command can be abbreviated to a minimum of three
letters provided no duplicates result. For example, AGGREGATE can be
abbreviated to AGG, but COMPUTE can only be abbreviated to COMP to
avoid confusion with COMMENT. A very small number of commands can
duplicate an internal command when abbreviated to three characters
(for example, LIST) and at least four characters should be used. For
internal command structure, DATA LIST cannot be abbreviated."
For other shortcuts of the VARIABLES= or TABLES= variety, see the
syntax reference guide or the online help. In syntax diagrams,
anything in [brackets] is optional. For instance, the TABLES= can also
be omitted from the MEANS command.
However, for my money, it's better to spend an extra second or two
typing the full command name--it makes the syntax files much easier to
read, especially if you have to go back to them a couple of years
after you wrote them and try to figure out what you did.
Clay Helberg http://www.execpc.com/~helberg/
SPSS Documentation and Training email@example.com
Speaking only for myself....