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

Ben Pfaff (
17 Mar 1998 15:56:17 -0500

To: Peter Dalgaard BSA <>
Subject: Re: R-beta: exchanging data between R/Splus and SPSS
From: Ben Pfaff <>
Date: 17 Mar 1998 15:56:17 -0500
In-Reply-To: Peter Dalgaard BSA's message of 17 Mar 1998 21:06:14 +0100

   Affirmative. Is that "Pfaff's Statistical Program Package", BTW? Last
   I looked, it hadn't come very far in the way of actual statistics
   (concentrating on the database handling issues), and certainly none of
   the interactive features of SPSS. I wonder how far it is now?

Hi everyone, this is PSPP's author speaking :-)  FWIW, PSPP has no
``official'' expansion, but the one that I prefer is Putting
Statistics in their Proper Place (in the hands of all users).

I'm afraid that it's still true that the statistical procedures aren't
very advanced.  We have	DESCRIPTIVES and FREQUENCIES fully
implemented.  John Williams has T-TEST mostly finished.  I am going to
start work on CROSSTABS any day now.

However, almost all of the ``database handling'' is done, with just
ADD FILES and UPDATE still wanting.

I'm looking for statistically knowledgeable people who are willing to
help me with algorithms, by the way.  You wouldn't need programming
experience for this, just statistical knowledge (which I don't have).
Contact me in private if you'd like to help.

As for the immediate question of exchanging data between R and SPSS, I
guess I'd need more details before I could be of any real help.
Another good place to ask is the newsgroup comp.soft-sys.stat.spss.  I
read this group as well.
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