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Programming and Data Management for SPSS Statistics 17.0 a Guide for SPSS Statistics and SAS Users

Programming and Data Management for SPSS Statistics 17.0 a Guide for SPSS Statistics and SAS Users

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Programming and Data Managementfor SPSS
®
Statistics 17.0
A Guide for SPSS Statistics and SAS
®
Users
 
Raynald Levesque and SPSS Inc.
 
For more information about SPSS Inc. software products, please visit our Web site at
http://www.spss.com
or contact:SPSS Inc.233 South Wacker Drive, 11th Floor Chicago, IL 60606-6412Tel: (312) 651-3000Fax: (312) 651-3668SPSS is a registered trademark and the other product names are the trademarks of SPSS Inc. for its proprietary computer software. No material describing such software may be produced or distributed without the written permission of the owners of the trademark and license rights in the software and the copyrights in the published materials.The SOFTWARE and documentation are provided with RESTRICTED RIGHTS. Use, duplication, or disclosure by theGovernment is subject to restrictions as set forth in subdivision (c) (1) (ii) of The Rights in Technical Data and Computer Softwareclause at 52.227-7013. Contractor/manufacturer is SPSS Inc., 233 South Wacker Drive, 11th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-6412.Patent No. 7,023,453General notice: Other product names mentioned herein are used for identi
cation purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective companies.SAS is a registered trademark of SAS Institute Inc.Python is a registered trademark of the Python Software Foundation.Microsoft, Visual Basic, Visual Studio, Of 
ce, Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Windows are either registered trademarksor trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.Apple, Mac, and the Mac logo are trademarks of Apple Computer Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.This product uses WinWrap Basic, Copyright 1993–2007, Polar Engineering and Consulting,
http://www.winwrap.com
.Printed in the United States of America. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by anymeans—electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise—without the prior written permission of the publisher.
 
Preface 
Experienced data analysts know that a successful analysis or meaningful report oftenrequires more work in acquiring, merging, and transforming data than in specifyingthe analysis or report itself. SPSS Statistics contains powerful tools for accomplishingand automating these tasks. While much of this capability is available through thegraphical user interface, many of the most powerful features are available only throughcommand syntax—and you can make the programming features of its command syntaxsigni
cantly more powerful by adding the ability to combine it with a full-featured programming language. This book offers many examples of the kinds of things thatyou can accomplish using command syntax by itself and in combination with other  programming language.
For SAS Users 
If you have more experience with SAS for data management, see Chapter 32 for comparisons of the different approaches to handling various types of data managementtasks. Quite often, there is not a simple command-for-command relationship betweenthe two programs, although each accomplishes the desired end.
Acknowledgments 
This book re
ects the work of many members of the SPSS Inc. staff who havecontributed examples here and in Developer Central, as well as that of RaynaldLevesque, whose examples formed the backbone of earlier editions and remainimportant in this edition. We also wish to thank Stephanie Schaller, who providedmany sample SAS jobs and helped to de
ne what the SAS user would want to see, aswell as Marsha Hollar and Brian Teasley, the authors of the original chapter “SPSSStatistics for SAS Programmers.”
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