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RE: select cases based on multiple attributes

From: Jonathan Lowrey
Subject: RE: select cases based on multiple attributes
Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2011 13:21:06 -0400

Ah, I think my misunderstanding is that I cannot find the syntax editor.  Is
it supposed to be under the "select cases" tab?

-----Original Message-----
From: John Darrington [mailto:address@hidden 
Sent: Tuesday, July 05, 2011 1:05 PM
To: Jonathan Lowrey
Cc: address@hidden
Subject: Re: select cases based on multiple attributes

Like you say, there isn't currently a dialog box for the select command.

However all commands can be run from the syntax editor just as they can in
In your example, the following should work:

 select if  area = "A" and species = "goat" or area = "B" and species =

This assumes of course that area and species are both string variables.

(Note however, that pspp assigns equal precedence to the AND and OR
operators,  so they will be evaluated in a strictly left to right fashion.
This behaviour  is exactly the same as spss, but quite unlike most other
languages so you  might want to add some parentheses to make your intentions


On Tue, Jul 05, 2011 at 12:27:48AM -0400, Jonathan Lowrey wrote:
     I am running psppire.exe 0.7.8-gb2274e.
     I have just started using pspp and I love it.  I have experience with
     and am wondering if there is a way to emulate the select by case option
     I see that there is no Boolean command line box or dialog box.  Is
there any
     way to do the type this type of selecting?
     Basically, I need to select cases based on this line of logic.
       IF: "area"="A" and "species"="goat" or "area" = "A" and "species"=

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