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Re: Getting PSPP compiled version with PostgreSQL support

From: John Darrington
Subject: Re: Getting PSPP compiled version with PostgreSQL support
Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2016 21:17:52 +0100
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On Sat, Mar 19, 2016 at 01:48:13PM -0500, Alan Mead wrote:
     I'd be curious to hear how Philip is using this feature because if you
     can get data from a database using a single select statement, then you
     can also redirect those data into a TAB delimited file.  So, this just
     saves you a step and I guess it would be mostly useful when you have to
     do it frequently.  

It saves a step.  It also saves the cost of an intermediate copy of the data.
Relational databases like postgress are designed to store billions of data.

Consider the case where you might want to do a factor analysis on a dataset
of 10^9 cases, and you want to see if there is communality among the (say)
500 data.

If you had an enormous disk, you could save the data in a TAB delimited file,
and read it in again.  Or you could simply run:


     But most of the databases I work with cannot (that I
     know of) generate the kind of data I want using a single select.  The
     typical database I use stores respondent meta data in a table like
     "respondents" and item meta data in a table like "items" and responses
     in a table like "responses". (Without any promise that all respondents
     have answered the same items.) So, I have to write a small script in
     some higher-level language to marshal these data and output the
     rectangular (rows and columns) data that PSPP expects as a TAB-delimited

You could do that with a single select statement (albeit a complicated one).
You would need to use an inner join and an additional where clause.


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