|Subject:||Noob needs help with simple script|
|Date:||Tue, 10 May 2011 22:09:17 -0700|
PSPP version 0.7.5 running on Windows XP.
The data file is a single column of data with many rows. Each row is a record; each record has multiple fields containing data.
There are no delimiters or separators in the records; just a string of characters.
There is however a record format that defines the list of data items and the field length and field location of each.
Example: the 1st 2 characters of the record are the month field, the next 4 characters are the year field, the next 1 is the day field, etc.
I read the manual and have attempted to use the Get Data command. When I run it, I get some processor activity, then nothing. The application drops into the "Not responding" mode according to Windows.
Here's a sample of my Script:
GET DATA /TYPE=TXT /FILE='C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\My Documents\WPI New\Papers\Research Data\NAMCS\2008 raw data\NAMCS08' /ARRANGEMENT=FIXED /FIRSTCASE=1
/VARIABLES=VMONTH 1-2 F
VYEAR 3-6 F
VDAYR 7-7 F
AGE 8-10 F
SEX 11-11 A
ETHNIC 12-13 A
RACE 14-15 A.
*SAVE /OUTFILE 'C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Desktop\NAMCS08Tue'.
I buried the Save command in asterisks to eliminate possible problems and focus on getting the file imported. There are 25,000 rows in the file. There are ~200 data elements within each record. My actual script encompasses all fields, but I truncated it here for brevity.
Import data. Save as a new file. Then do some basic sorting and rudimentary number crunching.
If you can help me get this data file into PSPP, I'd be very grateful. I have no idea why this isn't working. I'm a complete amateur at scripts.
I've eliminated all syntax errors, but the script still doesn't work. I don't know if I'm missing required elements, or trying to open something that PSPP cannot open, or what.
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