Some basic data collection programs do not generate SPSS files in the
.sav format and instead generate a file with the extension
.sps. Q can convert the
.sps files into .sav files
As a fairly general rule it is preferable to have an
.sav file rather than an
.sps file as
.sps files are more likely to have been exported with errors (when these files are generated, there are generally fewer quality control processes in place).
This feature is intended to help users who receive .sps files and need to use their data in Q.
- Select Tools > Convert .sps File to .sav….
- We do not support string continuation on new lines.
- Limited command support. See below.
This page does not attempt to document SPSS syntax, it only explains which portions of SPSS syntax should work with Q.
|NEW FILE||Ignored; a new file is always created.|
|FILE HANDLE||Only MODE=CHARACTER supported.|
|GET DATA||Only /TYPE=TXT supported. Only a single delimiter character supported for ARRANGEMENT=DELIMITED.|
|DATA LIST||Supported except the END subcommand.|
|BEGIN DATA...END DATA||Supported.|
|MRSETS||Supported except for /DISPLAY and /DELETE.|
|data formats||All formats except: IB, PIBHEX, P, PIB, Z, PK, RB, RBHEX, AHEX, JDATE, DTIME, WKDAY, MONTH, MOYR, QYR, WKYR.|
|CACHE||Ignored; not applicable.|
|EXECUTE||Ignored; all scripts are automatically executed.|