Re: R-beta: exchanging data between R/Splus and SPSS

Douglas Bates (bates@stat.wisc.edu)
17 Mar 1998 13:26:19 -0600


To: efh@nessie.mcc.ac.uk
Subject: Re: R-beta: exchanging data between R/Splus and SPSS
From: Douglas Bates <bates@stat.wisc.edu>
Date: 17 Mar 1998 13:26:19 -0600
In-Reply-To: 's message of "Tue, 17 Mar 1998 19:20:44 -0000 (GMT)"

(Ted Harding) <efh@nessie.mcc.ac.uk> writes:

> On 17-Mar-98 Douglas Bates wrote:
> > Friedrich Leisch <Friedrich.Leisch@ci.tuwien.ac.at> writes:
> >> is there any way to exchange (A LOT OF) data between SPPS and R/Splus,
> >> i.e., I want to get data from SPSS into R. It is a huge data frame
> >> with many columns being factors, so manual conversion is out of
> >> question (and there are more data to come).
> >> 
> >> Exporting ASCII from SPSS seems to loose all level names, and the
> >> portable SPSS format doesn't look too nice.
> >> 
> >> I've searched S-news and statlib, but only found info about DBMS/copy
> >> which is not installed at our university. Did I miss something?
> >> 
> >> Any help appreciated,
> > 
> > Fritz,
> > 
> > You may want to contact Ben Pfaff about this.  Ben is the author of
> > PSPP, a freely-available SPSS clone.  It may be able to read the SPSS
> > format and put it into something that would be easier to bring into
> > R/Splus.
> > -- 
> > Douglas Bates                            bates@stat.wisc.edu
> 
> Do you mean Fiasco ( http://gnu.linux.ucla.edu/software/fiasco/ )?

Ben can give the definitive answer but AFAIK fiasco has metamorphosed
into PSPP whose development is ongoing.  The latest version of pspp is
0.1.16, available from ftp://pfaffben.user.msu.edu/pspp/
  /ftp@pfaffben.user.msu.edu:/pspp:
  total 15318
  drwxrwxr-x   2 blp      blp          2048 Mar 11 22:04 .
  drwxr-xr-x  11 blp      blp          1024 Feb 27 18:13 ..
  -rw-rw-r--   1 blp      blp             1 Mar 11 22:04 LATEST-IS-0.1.16
  -rw-rw-r--   1 blp      blp           634 Mar 11 22:04 README
  ..
  -rw-rw-r--   1 blp      blp        935097 Mar  9 20:46 pspp-0.1.16.tar.gz

You will see that earlier versions of fiasco are in that directory too.
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