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

Dimitri J. Kirill (
Tue, 17 Mar 1998 19:20:44 -0000 (GMT)

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Date: Tue, 17 Mar 1998 19:20:44 -0000 (GMT)
From: (Ted Harding) <>
To: Douglas Bates <>
Subject: Re: R-beta: exchanging data between R/Splus and SPSS
        Friedrich Leisch <>

On 17-Mar-98 Douglas Bates wrote:
> Friedrich Leisch <> 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                  

Do you mean Fiasco ( )?

Extract from start of home page:
Fiasco is a program for statistical analysis of sampled data. It interprets
commands in the SPSS language and produces tabular output in ASCII or
PostScript format. The name Fiasco stands for Fiasco Implements Accurate
Statistical COmputations. 

Fiasco development is ongoing. It already supports a large subset of SPSS's
transformation language. Its statistical procedure support is currently
limited, but growing. 

Source code for the latest development release of Fiasco is available from the ftp site. 

E-Mail: (Ted Harding) <>
Date: 17-Mar-98                                       Time: 19:20:44
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