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Re: select cases doesn't work

From: John Darrington
Subject: Re: select cases doesn't work
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2011 07:51:22 +0000
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.18 (2008-05-17)

Sorry for not responding before.  Somehow this message slipped my

On Sat, Nov 05, 2011 at 08:39:17PM +0100, Coleen Starwalt wrote:
> Hey John,
> Just thought I'd let you know that I think I have found the most recent  
> version - PSPPIRE.exe 0.7.8-g981b76. Is there a way of getting informed  
> of updates?

It depends exactly on what sort of updates you're interested in.

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> Additionally, thought you might like to know that with this version the  
> select cases works. However, sigh, it doesn't select the way I need it  
> to. I can only select a variable rather than excluding a variable, like  
> I could within SPSS. For example, if I have a "child" variable that is  
> either yes or no (0 or 1), selecting "child" gives me only children. Now  
> that's fine. But I can't exclude the children when I need to. Unless  
> there is another way of doing that. I see there is a syntax editor. Is  
> that where you would make up a filter that could exclude variables? How  
> could I learn to do that, if that is possible?

Here's one way to do what you're trying:  If you have a dichotomous variable 
called "child", then the line 
 SELECT IF child <> 1.
will select only those cases for which child is not 1.  You could also use the 
FILTER command to do something similar.

Both these options should work the same way in PSPP as with SPSS.  In general, 
try to ensure users familiar with SPSS can also work with PSPP, so if you find 
is not the case, feel free to raise a bug report.


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