# An Intermediate Guide to SPSS Programming: Using Syntax for by Sarah E. Boslaugh

By Sarah E. Boslaugh

**An Intermediate advisor to SPSS Programming: utilizing Syntax for info Management** introduces the foremost projects of knowledge administration and offers ideas utilizing SPSS syntax. This ebook fills an incredible hole within the schooling of many scholars and researchers, whose coursework has left them unprepared for the knowledge administration matters that confront them after they start to do self sustaining learn. It additionally serves as an creation to SPSS programming. all of the uncomplicated positive factors of SPSS syntax are illustrated, as are many intermediate and complicated subject matters comparable to utilizing vectors and loops, interpreting advanced info records, and utilizing the SPSS macro language.

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This is demonstrated in the DATA LIST command below, which may be substituted into the program presented above: DATA LIST RECORDS = 4 / / 2 race 12 gender 14 / / 4 hsgrad 3. 10. 10 Single Record Created From File With Multiple Records RACE 1 GENDER HSGRAD 2 1 USING FORTRAN-LIKE VARIABLE SPECIFICATIONS The FORTRAN language uses an efficient method of specifying variable formats that is often used in other languages, including SPSS. Even if you do not use this method, you need to know how to interpret it in programs written by others.

Instead, they must be declared with the STRING command, as discussed in Chapters 19 and 21. qxd 30 10/12/2004 12:16 PM Page 30 An Introduction to Computer Programming With SPSS 6. Omitting quotation marks or apostrophes when referring to text strings. Text strings must be enclosed in apostrophes or quotations marks or they will not be recognized as text. If string1 is a string variable, the first syntax below is incorrect and the second is correct: COMPUTE string1 = May. COMPUTE string1 = “May”.

Many people begin using SPSS through the menu system, and even advanced programmers may use it from time to time. qxd 20 10/12/2004 12:15 PM Page 20 An Introduction to Computer Programming With SPSS using syntax greatly increases their productivity. Some advantages of using syntax are discussed in more detail later in this chapter. THE PROCESS OF WRITING AND TESTING SYNTAX Because many SPSS users do not have a background in computer programming, this section will introduce the vocabulary of computer programming and the basic process of testing and writing syntax.