Examining SPSS String variables – Flagging and re-coding data

SPSS string

SPSS string search

While not obvious, SPSS has some simple syntax that makes it easy to search through your string variables looking for key words /phrases.  The below syntax is my default go-to when reviewing open-end comments and trying to categorize their response.  The code controls for the case format of the variable as well as for the text you’re looking for.

The video below shows just how easy it is to review open-end – string variables and categorize them.

Examining String variables – Recoding data

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