|Date: ||Wed, 10 Feb 1999 15:55:53 -0600|
|Reply-To: ||"Lucas, Gail" <glucas@SPSS.COM>|
|Sender: ||"SPSSX(r) Discussion" <SPSSX-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>|
|From: ||"Lucas, Gail" <glucas@SPSS.COM>|
|Subject: ||Re: Y2K questions|
SPSS 8.0 also had the same option to change the default behavior. SPSS 7.5
and lower do not have the ability to change the default behavior.
SPSS Technical Support.
From: Jaclyn Whitehorn [mailto:jaclyn@BAMA.UA.EDU]
Sent: Wednesday, February 10, 1999 3:54 PM
Subject: Y2K questions
I was wondering if someone out there could help me with some
readiness questions for our users.
I am trying to determine how SPSS handles date-formatted
values that are
inputted with just a two-digit year. I have found the
option in Windows
9.0 to specify the cutoff point. Unfortunately, I installed
on top of
8.0 before I looked to see if it was available in earlier
also use version 6.1 on UNIX, and I am sure we have some Mac
The preliminary information I plan on giving out is as
corrections, additions, suggestions would be greatly
1. If possible, input all years with four digits :)
2. By default, years inputted with two digits are assumed to
3. In SPSS 9.0 for Windows, you can change the default
behavior by going
to EDIT > OPTIONS and looking on the data tab.
4. I don't know if the default behavior can be changed in
versions of SPSS. (HELP!)
5. Obviously, none of this matters if you input your dates
as string or
numeric variables without date formatting.
I don't even want to get into whether the programs will run
in 2000; I
can wait until SPSS's Y2K site has statements for that. My
at this time is data integrity. Thanks for your attention!
Jaclyn Whitehorn * User Service Consultant
Seebeck Computer Center * University of Alabama
email@example.com * (205)348-8720