SPSS Macro is just a String Parser, this video goes over some basic usage

SPSS macro

Even in its simplest form, SPSS macros can save you an amazing amount of time by allowing you to quickly & easily swap-out one text for another. The text can be the name of a variable, the title, the statistical test to be run, etc. This can save an amazing amount of time if used properly.

In the below video gives a good demonstration of how easy it is to utilize them.

SPSS Macro is just a String Parser

SPSS Macro is just a String Parser

SPSS Macros for replacing missing data

SPSS macro

SPSS Macros for replacing missing data

A lot of online vendor tools provide a data value on a multi-select question however they leave the value missing if the respondent didn’t select it. Most of the analysis I want to do needs to have a zero (or some other value) present in order to calculate the statistics correctly.

I wrote a few SPSS Macros that make it very easy to replace the missing values on your data.  Here are the two macros


SPSS Macros- Replacing missing data

SPSS macro makes for easy splitting of data into separate files of equal numbers

SPSS Macro

SPSS macro

If you frequently need to have your data split into equal groups, this SPSS macro is the way to go!  You can just tell it how many groups you want and the variable you want to create to store group belonging and WHAM!  it randomizes the list and adds a new field showing the groups.

In the code below I show two examples of the SPSS macro.  One that will randomize the group and split it out, the second allows you to use another variable before breaking them into groups (In case you want a certain order to them.)  Both macros greatly reduce the amount of work needed to do in SPSS.


SPSS Macro for creating equal groups

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Why you should learn SPSS syntax- Intro tutorial & demo video

SPSS syntax

Why you should learn SPSS syntax

For more than a decade I’ve been teaching people SPSS syntax, macros, and scripts.   Somehow throughout that time I never wrote this post to help explain some of the main benefits of using syntax over the GUI interface.  To me there are lots of reasons why you should make it a priority to learn how to code in SPSS.  I’ve made an attempt to prioritize them and demonstrated many in the below video.

  1. Without any real additional work you can reuse:
    • renaming of variables
    • setting variable labels
    • define format (numeric, scale, dates, % etc)
    • regroup variables
  2. Work ahead-
    • Export small amount of data on initial kick-off and work on the data file/format.
    • Have the frame-work of your report done.
    • Then, when done collecting data, export and write-up analysis
  3. @from Jon Peck- Review what analysis was run in the past.  Determine what you (or perhaps a colleague scratching his head) did  right/wrong or just borrow from the past.  (Hint* did you know there is a log file you can check which might have all GUI/syntax you have ever run?  I mention it in this video.)
  4. Redo analysis done on different data set
  5. Create macros (special type of SPSS syntax) to re-purpose code for an amazing time savings!
  6. Apply similar re-coding / analytics on multiple variables
  7. Macros– True gems of saving time
  8. Some things are only available in syntax
  9. Allow for re-applying settings
  10. Use from other sources (labels from questionnaire ,database, etc.)

In the video below I explain the above concepts and I firmly believe that, after watching the video, you’ll understand why learning SPSS syntax is a great next step for you.

Why you should learn to use SPSS synatx