[R] spss-data import

Peter Malewski p.malewski at tu-bs.de
Tue Jun 12 21:35:57 CEST 2001

On Sat, Jun 09, 2001 at 10:51:49PM +0200, Bernd Weiss wrote:
> Hi Jon, Peter,
> thanks for your immediate help. The command 
> allbus<-read.table("d:/tab.dat",sep="\t",dec=",") 
> works fine -- ok, I just took a part of the whole dataset. 
> BTW: I use SPSS 10.0... so read.spss won't work.

I'll have to correct me. I have just received a spss (I don't have an spss 
version 10) file with

$FL2@(#) SPSS DATA FILE MS Windows Release 10.0.5 spssio32.dll     Þ

at the begining and I was able to read it. But I swear that the former file
I got wasn't readable (even spss 6 ...).


> xx <- read.spss("/mnt/hda1/MUTTER/SPSS/DATEN/FrBo1.SAV")
Process R segmentation fault at Tue Jun 12 21:22:42 2001

still persists. Anyway, I think the way with read.table is a reasonable 
alternative. I guess that spss sometimes uses headers which are either 
misspecified by spss or the read.spss codes don't get it right. 

btw: the original pspp code says:

PSPP> get fil "/mnt/hda1/MUTTER/SPSS/DATEN/FrBo1.SAV"
error: corrupt system file: /mnt/hda1/MUTTER/SPSS/DATEN/FrBo1.SAV: position
        34: Bad record type (22); the expected value was 2.
warning: The rest of this command has been discarded.

(read.spss has been taken from the pspp project)


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