|Subject:||Re: PSPP Windows - Recode Multiple Variables ?|
|Date:||Thu, 21 Aug 2008 09:35:53 -0400|
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David Purdy wrote:
What I wrote should work on the windows version too. I'm not real sure how (if) you can use the GUI to actually recode multiple variables into one. Although the GUI is fairly powerful, I'm not sure that capacity exists yet. (Others here may correct me. In all honesty, I don't even know how to do this on SPSS through the GUI.)
I usually find the GUI most useful for helping me to remember my variables. Variable view is your friend. Otherwise I have little use for it all. Learning how to read / write PSPP syntax is going to open up all sorts of new possibilities for you that the GUI will never be able to match.
1) Reproducibility - you know what you did (every last detail)
2) Reproducibility - you can do it over and over again (very quickly), when necessary.
3) mailing-list. It's easier to write code here than to send you screenshots.
4) Speed - You can type faster than you can click (and cut and paste is nice too!)
If you want to use my example, use the GUI to input the variables and cases. Then go to File -> New -> Syntax and cut and paste my syntax (code) into the syntax window. Make sure you get ALL of it, including the periods (It won't work without the periods.) Then Run -> All.
SPSS syntax doesn't have to be a full coding experience. For small, quick projects I often open up the .sav file, type in some syntax and tell it to go. In SPSS I'll use the GUI to tweak my tables a little (titles, etc.) but most of my work is done in the syntax.
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