Re: [R] Reading SPSS .por files

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 16:45:51 +0100 (BST)

On Fri, 18 Jul 2008, Jose Iparraguirre D'Elia wrote:

> However, it can be read in SPSS. The file is available on the web, as it corresponds to the raw database of the Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey 2007 (http://www.ark.ac.uk/nilt/datasets/). It is a file that SPSS recognises; albeit the foreign package doesn't -hence my initial query.

Which is not inconsistent with what I told you.

>
> Josť
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Prof Brian Ripley [mailto:ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk]
> Sent: 18 July 2008 15:50
> To: Jose Iparraguirre D'Elia
> Cc: r-help_at_r-project.org
> Subject: RE: [R] Reading SPSS .por files
>
> On Fri, 18 Jul 2008, Jose Iparraguirre D'Elia wrote:
>
>> Thanks Brian,
>>
>> The error message reads as follows:
>>
>> Error in read.spss("G:/Jose/Life and Times Survey/LT 2007/nilt07w1.por") :
>> error reading portable-file dictionary
>
> So it looks like it is not a portable file, or at least one that read.spss
> knows about.
>
>>
>> Josť
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Prof Brian Ripley [mailto:ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk]
>> Sent: 18 July 2008 14:38
>> To: Jose Iparraguirre D'Elia
>> Cc: r-help_at_r-project.org
>> Subject: Re: [R] Reading SPSS .por files
>>
>> On Fri, 18 Jul 2008, Jose Iparraguirre D'Elia wrote:
>>
>>> Does anyone know how to read SPSS .por (ie Portable) files? The foreign
>>> package only deals with SPSS .sav files and not with those with a "por"
>>> extension.
>>
>> Not so. ?read.spss says
>>
>> 'read.spss' reads a file stored by the SPSS 'save' or 'export'
>> commands.
>>
>> It says nothing about extensions, but it seems .por is commonly used in
>> the 'export' SPSS command, and there is an example in the test suite of
>> the foreign package.
>>
>> Did you actually try it? (If so, you failed to report the error message
>> you got.)
>>
>>>
>>> Thanks,
>>>
>>> Jos?
>>>
>>>
>>>
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>>>
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>>
>> --
>> Brian D. Ripley, ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk
>> Professor of Applied Statistics, http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~ripley/
>> University of Oxford, Tel: +44 1865 272861 (self)
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>>
>
> --
> Brian D. Ripley, ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk
> Professor of Applied Statistics, http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~ripley/
> University of Oxford, Tel: +44 1865 272861 (self)
> 1 South Parks Road, +44 1865 272866 (PA)
> Oxford OX1 3TG, UK Fax: +44 1865 272595
>

-- 
Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk
Professor of Applied Statistics,  http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~ripley/
University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
1 South Parks Road,                     +44 1865 272866 (PA)
Oxford OX1 3TG, UK                Fax:  +44 1865 272595


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