SPSS macro – Repurposing the file path for multiple uses

SPSS macro
I write a TON of SPSS code and work with colleagues around the world as well as on different computers which have different drives – paths available. This SPSS macro shows how you can get around a lot of the headaches dealing with these issues.  There are some other SPSS commands that can be used similarly however I find this exceptionally helpful as I can reference it when I’m merging files, exporting to text / Excel, saving output, etc.

SPSS macro

 

Standardizing SPSS file import- Greatly simplify opening text files

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SPSS File import

Importing “wide” (lots of variables)  data in SPSS can be tedious and time consuming!  Especially when there are lots of string and numeric variables having different widths which you plan to use / merge with additional files (String variables need to be the same width).

I wrote an AutoHotKey script to automate setting the width and decimal places plus align string and numerics to make it easier to differentiate between them.   It sounds kind of crazy but, if you watch the following video, you’ll see how much easier the import SPSS file import is to work with.

Standardizing SPSS file import- Greatly simplify opening text files