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Re: PSPP-BUG: The utility "variables" can not select more than one varia

From: Ben Pfaff
Subject: Re: PSPP-BUG: The utility "variables" can not select more than one variable
Date: Sat, 28 Sep 2013 14:14:45 -0700
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

On Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 02:12:25PM -0700, Basti?n D?az wrote:
> > I'm not really happy with how the variable descriptions are displayed.
> > It is pretty ad hoc.? It would be better to display them in the same way
> > they appear in the output window for, e.g. DISPLAY DICTIONARY.? I'm
> > working on that.
> That sounds great. The tables generated with the command "DISPLAY
> DICTIONARY" in PSPP are much better than those generated with
> SPSS. The disadvantage of using this command is that it shows all the
> information variables available, and that's a problem when working
> with eg more than 100 variables.

I am not sure whether you mean that DISPLAY DICTIONARY shows all
variables (you can tell which variables to show) or whether you mean
that it shows all the information about a variable (there are a few
variations that show less information).

> Moreover, due to disuse had completely forgotten about the existence
> of the command "CODEBOOK" in SPSS. The advantage of this command is
> that it can generate custom reporting tables (variable or file
> information) previously selected variables, and basic statistics.

The command CODEBOOK is fairly new: according to online documentation it
was introduced in SPSS 17.

> I think the approach you want to give to the display of the "utility
> variables" is most appropriate.

OK.  I am continuing to work on it.  Just now, I fixed a rendering bug
whereby the output of DISPLAY DICTIONARY often did not look as good as
it could.

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