Re: SAS XPORT Transport Format

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Subject: Re: SAS XPORT Transport Format
From: Ben Pfaff (pfaffben@msu.edu)
Date: Tue 14 Dec 1999 - 06:36:22 EST


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Douglas Bates <bates@stat.wisc.edu> writes:

> > Along similar lines, what are the prospects for grabbing the SPSS code
> > from PSPP?
>
> I think it quite likely that we could do pick up that code for use by
> the R project. Ben, could you point us to the part of PSPP where you
> parse the SPSS .sav format (or whatever they call it)?

You have a few choices here:

        1. Grab sfm-read.c, sfm-write.c, sfm.h, and sfmP.h in
           src/ in the PSPP distribution.

        2. Read through the comprehensive documentation on the
           format, also in the PSPP distribution. See pspp.info
           or pspp.texi in doc/.

        3. I originally found the information on the format
           somewhere on spss.com. You could probably find it
           there too.

PSPP also reads and write SPSS portable files. You have the same
three choices here.

> Saikat DebRoy and I are currently working on code to parse the SAS
> XPORT data format and incorportate those files into R. We can
> certainly share that with you when it is complete.

Sounds good. I'm going to start up heavy PSPP development later
this week when final exams here are over.
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