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Re: re changing variable types

From: Ben Pfaff
Subject: Re: re changing variable types
Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2011 10:50:56 -0800
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.2 (gnu/linux)

Maybe you need to add EXECUTE. on a line by itself afterward.
Otherwise, perhaps you should show us a bit of your string data?
Maybe it contains some character that makes it look non-numeric,
so that the conversion from string to number fails and always
yields system-missing.

Debora Randall <address@hidden> writes:

> Thanks so much for responding.  I tried what you said and it creates a new
> variable, but none of my data gets transferred over to it.
> Am I missing something?
> On 16 Feb 2011, at 20:04, Ben Pfaff wrote:
>     Debora Randall <address@hidden> writes:
>         I am working on 0.7.5 PSPP version under X11 on a Mac OS 10.6.3.
>         I have mistakenly encoded 6 of my variable types as string
>         instead of numeric.  When I go to change the variable to
>         numeric, I lose my data.  I need to be able to sum the
>         variables, and it won't do that in string.
>     I think you should be able to fix this with RECODE:
>            RECODE oldvar (CONVERT) INTO newvar.
>     --
>     Ben Pfaff

Ben Pfaff

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